Keynote speakers

Melanie Yergeau profile pictureMelanie Yergeau

Associate Professor, English
Associate Director, Digital Studies Institute
University of Michigan

Melanie Yergeau is Associate Professor of English and Associate Director of the Digital Studies Institute (DSI) at the University of Michigan. Her book, Authoring Autism: On Rhetoric and Neurological Queerness was awarded the 2018 Modern Language Association First Book Prize, the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Lavender Rhetorics Book Award for Excellence in Queer Scholarship, and the 2019 Rhetoric Society of America Book Award. Her other publications can be found in Journal of Social PhilosophyKairosComputers and Composition OnlineDisability Studies Quarterly, and College English, among other places. Active in the neurodiversity movement, she has previously served on the board of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network (ASAN), a nonprofit organization run for and by autistic people, as well as the board of the Autism National Committee (also known as AutCom).


Neisha-Anne Green

Director, Academic Student Services Writing Center
Academic Support and Access Center
American University

Neisha-Anne S. Green is Faculty Fellow for the Frederick Douglass Distinguished Program and Director of Academic Student Support Services and the Writing Center at American University in Washington, DC.  She has worked as a writing consultant, tutor coordinator, assistant director and associate director. She teaches in the American University Experience 2 classes which is unique to American University. This class has been created by AU faculty, staff and students as a call to action to ensure that diversity, inclusion, free speech and freedom of expression are part of the core curriculum.

Neisha-Anne is a multidialectal orator and author proud of her roots in Barbados and Yonkers, NY. She is an ally always interrogating and exploring the use of everyone’s language as a resource who is getting better at speaking up for herself and others.  She has been published in Praxis and The Writing Center Journal; she has forthcoming book chapters in Theories and Methods of Writing Center Studies: A Practical Guide, The Intersectional Writing Center: Voices from the Resistance and Diverse Approaches to Teaching, Learning, and Writing Across the Curriculum: IWAC at 25. She has given keynotes at IWCA, IWAC and the Baltimore Writing Center Association. Neisha-Anne is also working on her book Songs From A Caged Bird.