Reading || Readings for Racial Justice: A Project of the IWCA SIG on Antiracism Activism, by Beth Godbee, Bobbi Olson, and the SIG Collective

From International Writing Centers Association:

An Annotated Bibliography

In 2013, with the publication “‘Rainbows in the Past Were Gay’: LGBTQIA in the WC” in Praxis, Andrew J. Rihn and Jay D. Sloan worked to “bring our failure to address sexual identity into the light, where we can all acknowledge and examine it” (1). Rihn and Sloan’s article, with an accompanying annotated bibliography, highlights the ongoing work of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA)’s LGBTQIA Special Interest Group (SIG) and provides writing center educators with resources for centering queer studies within everyday work. Rihn and Sloan make clear that learning about LGBTQIA studies, countering heteronormativity, and “speaking into or against the ‘curious silences’ we encounter” (8) are everybody’s business: sexual identity is central to student agency, authority, and rights—and, as such, central to writing centers.

At the same time as this publication—and in collaboration and interconnectedness with the LGBTQIA SIG—the IWCA’s SIG on Antiracism Activism has been working on a large- scale, long-term annotations project, similarly with the goal of providing resources for the ongoing work against systemic racism and for racial justice in writing centers. Since the first in- person meeting of the IWCA Antiracism Activism SIG in 2006, the SIG has sought to expand its conversations so that they are not limited to face-to-face meetings at conferences. As part of this effort, members of the SIG have joined together, compiling references and writing annotations toward building a collection of articles and books—both from writing center scholarship and from beyond our immediate discipline—focused on race/racism, antiracism, and racial justice.

The project grows out of members’ interests in sharing resources to draw from when doing this work locally, follows the precedent of Rihn and Sloan’s article,1 and lays the foundation for an ongoing annotations project. Goals include updating annotations on an annual basis, keeping the full collection on the SIG’s page of the IWCA website, and continuing to solicit sources and annotations from the SIG’s membership. In the process, we hope this work provides a model for linking scholarship with collective organizing; for publishing as a “Collective”; and for finding praxis within ongoing learning, research, and professional service.

In what follows, we introduce the IWCA SIG on Antiracism Activism Annotations Project by, first, situating the need for this work in writing centers; second, sharing the history and aims of the SIG; third, discussing the project with particular attention to its need, the collaborative creation process, and an invitation to become involved; and finally, concluding with other thoughts on how readers might read and use this collection of resources. The annotations that follow represent initial efforts at sharing resources with the wider writing center   community: twenty-nine contributors added to this document, and we imagine that the Collective will continue to grow as the project is carried forward. Though the annotations reflect only a fraction of many, many important sources on race, anti/racism, and racial justice, they are offered as a starting point and for discussions in writing centers. . . .

Continue reading the full text of the Annotated Bibliography . . .

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