In an effort to make antiracist goals intrinsic to the work (Diab, R. et al.) of the Center for Writing & Rhetoric at CGU, we have begun 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 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 success 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).]