Proposal Title

Asynchronous: Antiracism in the Writing Centre: Collaboration and Activism in the Remote Work Environment

Presenter Information

Jenna L. Goddard 8197389, TRUFollow

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Presentation Type

Short asynchronous

Start Date

16-2-2021 5:00 PM

End Date

28-2-2021 12:00 AM

Proposal Abstract

During a time when Zoom fatigue, email exhaustion, and disconnection characterize our every day, BC Writing Centres have focused on building community and creating space to ask challenging questions about racism and antiracism in our work. This approach to collaboration across institutions and locations has the potential to bring structural change to our Centres. We strive to challenge the racism embedded in our institutions and spaces, our work in Writing Centres, and ourselves. What emerged from the collaborative planning among our impromptu committee were: two workshops, a joint statement of antiracism, and a community that is committed to centering antiracism practices through the following: Creating opportunities to learn from our communities about their experiences of injustice, especially as these pertain to the intersections of race and academic expectations. Engaging with faculty on issues, such as assignment design, academic integrity policies, and writing assessments, where inequity frequently lurks in the guise of standards. Ensuring that antiracist and decolonizing practices are actively incorporated into tutor training to intervene in the often unconsciously racist language myths that can be perpetuated through tutoring. Actively recruiting IBPOC staff and tutors by enacting best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retention. Critically evaluating our resources in an ongoing way to ensure antiracist, decolonial, and Indigenized approaches and content. This short session will highlight the collaborative process for change and how the TRU Writing Centre is centering antiracism in its work.

Statement

This presentation connects two subthemes: Beyond Exclusion: Anti-racism as well as Beyond the Usual: Lemonade from Lemons in COVID through the virtual collaboration of BC Writing Centres (and specifically, the TRU Writing Centre) to commit to antiracist work.

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Feb 16th, 5:00 PM Feb 28th, 12:00 AM

Asynchronous: Antiracism in the Writing Centre: Collaboration and Activism in the Remote Work Environment

During a time when Zoom fatigue, email exhaustion, and disconnection characterize our every day, BC Writing Centres have focused on building community and creating space to ask challenging questions about racism and antiracism in our work. This approach to collaboration across institutions and locations has the potential to bring structural change to our Centres. We strive to challenge the racism embedded in our institutions and spaces, our work in Writing Centres, and ourselves. What emerged from the collaborative planning among our impromptu committee were: two workshops, a joint statement of antiracism, and a community that is committed to centering antiracism practices through the following: Creating opportunities to learn from our communities about their experiences of injustice, especially as these pertain to the intersections of race and academic expectations. Engaging with faculty on issues, such as assignment design, academic integrity policies, and writing assessments, where inequity frequently lurks in the guise of standards. Ensuring that antiracist and decolonizing practices are actively incorporated into tutor training to intervene in the often unconsciously racist language myths that can be perpetuated through tutoring. Actively recruiting IBPOC staff and tutors by enacting best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retention. Critically evaluating our resources in an ongoing way to ensure antiracist, decolonial, and Indigenized approaches and content. This short session will highlight the collaborative process for change and how the TRU Writing Centre is centering antiracism in its work.