“A comprehensive and brilliant approach to a complex conversation.”
—Karen Keaton Jackson, North Carolina Central University
”This is exactly the type of book that writing center practitioners need. For ALL of those working and committed to the practice of tutoring and to writing center work, Writing Centers and Racial Justice is an important and central text in writing center courses and tutor training curriculum and is applicable to the writing classroom for composition instructors.”
—Anna Sicari, Oklahoma State University
Writing Centers and Racial Justice responds to renewed and invigorated interest in racial justice and antiracism across writing centers and in writing studies, providing practical ways to enact racial justice in and through the writing center. The collection builds on decades of largely theoretical work on race and racism to move everyday writing center administrators toward action.
In five thematically organized sections—Countering Racism and Colonialism in Higher Education; Recruitment, Hiring, and Retention; Tutor Education and Professional Development; Engaging with Campus and Community; and Holding Our Professional Organizations Accountable—scholars from a variety of institutions, both large and small, public and private, present critical reflection and concrete guidance on anti-racist writing center administrative policies and practices. Several chapters include sample materials, such as course syllabi, consultant education activities, and recruitment materials, to help current and aspiring writing center administrators implement changes in their own contexts.
Writing Centers and Racial Justice is the first book to offer clear and actionable advice on how writing centers and their staff can take up racial or social justice work that will result in real sustainable change. Writing center directors, professionals, and tutors, as well as administrators and decision makers at the institutional level, will benefit from this thoughtful and effective text.
Contributors: Kristina Aikens, LaKela Atkinson, Amanda Ballou, Jamie P. Bondar, Kamille Bostick, Marilee Brooks-Gillies, Nicole I. Caswell, Devon Deery, Celeste Del Russo, Elise Dixon, Lisa Eastmond Bell, Nicole Emmelhainz, Wonderful Faison, Julia Garrison, Genie Nicole Giaimo, Graciela Greger, Rachel Herzl-Betz, Brianna Johnson, Rebecca Johnson, Zandra L. Jordan, MarkLatta, Jennifer Martin, Kendra L. Mitchell, Lindsay Sabatino, Rachael Shapiro