antiracist changes at the center for writing & Rhetoric
In an effort to make antiracist goals intrinsic to the work (Diab, R. et al., see note 7 below) of the Center for Writing & Rhetoric at Claremont Graduate University, we are going to:
1. Centralize antiracist praxis in the CWR's writing center philosophy.
Redesign consultant training to be explicitly antiracist;
Design and implement antiracist professional development training for existing consultants;
Adjust all materials surrounding sessions where necessary to reflect this change in praxis (information on website and in the center, appointment forms, follow-up materials, etc.)
2. Revise the CWR's Mission and Vision Statements to include an Anti-Oppression Statement that is developed collaboratively by student consultants and the CWR Director.
After the initial antiracist professional development sessions, begin a process of collaboration on the language for an Anti-Oppression Statement, referring to exemplar examples in the field;
Revise the CWR's Mission and Vision Statements to reflect the now explicitly antiracist pedagogy of the center.
3. Develop a formal outreach program that prioritizes reaching marginalized groups at the university.
Engage with student groups as part of a regular outreach process, designed by a student leader at the center;
Conduct visits to as wide a range of classes as possible;
Develop the relationships necessary to recruit even more aggressively from underrepresented groups at the university.
4. Extend the explicit practice and display of the CWR as a safe space, both physically and virtually, to include antiracism.
Prominently post and share the Anti-Oppression Statement in the physical center and on the website once it is developed;
Clearly display more safe space signage that represents a wider range of social groups online and in the physical center.
5. Continue learning from the challenges and successes of this process and make changes whenever necessary.
Be open to feedback from any concerned stakeholders;
Conduct regular assessment to evaluate the appropriateness of the executed programs.
6. Collaborate with offices, departments, and individuals at the university in support of antiracist causes.
Support antiracist initiatives by, and develop antiracist projects in collaboration with, the Committee on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, the Office of Student Life, Diversity, & Leadership, student identity groups, and others.
[This endeavor is in debt to the great example and research of many: The Writing Center of the University of Washington, Tacoma (1), (2); The Writing Support Program at Tufts University (3); The Writing Center of the University of Wisconsin, Madison (4), (5); and, the work of numerous scholars (6), (7), (8), (9), & (10).]
We are offering all of our writing consultations online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Schedule an online writing consultation to meet with a consultant via audio and video feed at a specific time on a specific day. Schedule an email review to submit a document and receive written feedback in 3 - 7 business days.
The CWR is offering retreats and boot camps online starting in July. To learn more andsign up, visit here!
Writing groups are comprised of the same group of people that commit to meeting at the same time and interval. The group helps keep members accountable, motivated, and goal-oriented. We are continually helping new groups form as well as helping to add members to existing groups that have room. These are different from our drop-in meetings in that they require a commit to the other group members and yourself to regularly attend.
These are the perfect way to help you stay on track and motivated now that instruction has moved online!