The Anti-Discrimination Committee

The Center for Writing and Rhetoric’s Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) was created to address the inequity and experiences of oppression that permeate universities and their student services. In 2020, the CWR responded to the call for transformed pedagogy in university environments with a statement, but also created the committee alongside it to actually implement the changes that were promised. The committee is a group of writing consultants that focus on anti-racist and anti-discriminatory work alongside their consultations, including hosting regular trainings and meetings for all of the consultants at the writing center.

The Committee is dedicated to implementing anti-racist pedagogy within writing consultations and the CWR’s relationship to CGU and the 7Cs. The new Student of Color retreats occur every month since the group’s inception, and the CWR has just added retreats for the LGBTQ+ community. These retreats create opportunities for students to build connections with consultants and other students that understand the difficulties of being underrepresented and underserved at the university level. The Committee has worked to take these efforts outside the CWR and connect with student groups directly, breaking down gatekeeping processes that dissuade students from pursuing student services. With the outreach efforts, the Committee was able to connect with different student groups and assist student communities of building closed, community specific writing events and workshops on issues facing women, queer people, and BIPOC students.

The Anti-Discrimination Committee also played a role in the hiring of new consultants in 2021, prioritizing diversity work and interest in the anti-racist pedagogy. All consultants at the writing center are committed to a pedagogy of anti-racism and anti-discrimination in their consultations and work at the CWR.

This webpage contains writing resources developed by the Anti-Discrimination Committee and links to events and workshops. Please check this page out to know more about the ADC!

The Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Claremont Graduate University Center for Writing and Rhetoric commits to anti-racism both as a writing center and in our interactions with graduate students. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we acknowledge the relationship between language and systems of oppression. We are in solidarity with movements against state-sanctioned violence and anti-Black racism.  As consultants at the writing center, we commit to holding ourselves accountable, intervening productively in situations of discrimination and racism. Our approach to tutorship is collaborative and we work with respect for students’ individual agency and expertise. We take seriously our opportunities to combat how discrimination is perpetuated through structures of academic language. Language is heterogeneous and is a place of power for many movements and communities. The CGU/CWR community is filled with a diverse range of graduate students who are engaged in their own research and the ability to contribute to current movements that affect the Black community, Indigenous people, students of color, queer and nonbinary people, and students with various abilities. The CWR makes the commitment to anti-racist practice and pedagogy through affirmation, solidarity, and a commitment to openness to dialogue and critique.

We acknowledge that the CWR is a space for learning and growth, for both our consultants and our students. This statement represents the CWR’s commitment to anti-racism, but we also recognize the inability of the CWR to unlearn racism quickly and easily. This exists as a living document to be transformed by the contributions of students and discussions around racism and language. The CWR is always open to critique and it recognizes itself as a space that still exists within an institution that is structured around Standard American English. The CWR writes this statement in recognition that language, statements, and words of protest are a core component of activist movements against state-sanctioned violence and systemic racism. We acknowledge the ways incorporating anti-racism in the system of language originates from movements against oppression. 

View the full statement here.

 

 

Statements & Resources

Anti-Racist Commitments and Actions
Pedagogy and Approach to Tutoring
Resisting Discrimination in  English Usage  and Grammar
Commitments to the Queer and Trans Community
Political Writing
Challenging Imposter Syndrome

 

 

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