Speakers for CWCA/ACCR Advocating for Antiracist Approaches to Writing in the Canadian Postsecondary Context

Emilie Brancato, OCAD University

Emilie Brancato (she/her) is the Manager, English Language Learning, at the Writing & Learning Centre at OCAD University, where she oversees a portfolio that includes pre-entry, curricular, and co-curricular resources and supports for English Language Learners, faculty professional learning and educational research related to inclusive teaching, as well as academic integrity resources and supports for both students and faculty. A recovering medievalist, her current research interests include translingual writing and language learning pedagogies and raciolinguistics.

Vidya Natarajan, King’s University College

Vidya Natarajan (she/her) is Assistant Coordinator of the Writing Program at King’s University College, London, Ontario. Until 2021, her role at King’s included directorship of The Write Place (the King’s writing centre), and she is deeply invested in writing centre studies. Her research focuses on Writing in relation to racial and disability justice. As Co-Lead of the King’s and Brescia Anti-Racism Working Group, she was lead author of a 2021 report on campus racial climate in her institution, and advocates for action against all forms of racism in academia. She recently served as a Co-Chair of the 2021 Canadian Writing Centres Association (CWCA/ACCR) conference, themed around Transformative Inclusivity. She is currently co-editing a special section of Discourse and Writing/Rédactologie with contributions from the CWCA conference, as well as a special issue of The Peer Review on changing writing centre commonplaces in response to anti-oppressive frameworks.

Marci Prescott-Brown, University of Toronto

Marci Prescott-Brown (she/her) has practiced decolonialist and antiracist writing pedagogies since she began tutoring students from low income and minority backgrounds as a teenager. While earning her Honours BA, she was a writing tutor at Wilfrid Laurier University’s Writing Centre. As an MA student, she provided writing instruction to neurodiverse high school students at the Oxford Learning Centre. She has taught many writing courses at Centennial College, Seneca College, Algoma University, and the University of Toronto; currently, she is a Writing and Academic Skills Centre Instructor & Multi-language Learning Specialist in the Transitional Year Programme at the University of Toronto.  Passionate about supporting multilingual learners, she obtained both a diploma in teaching English as a second language in 2020 and OCELT accreditation. Her pedagogical focus is on how varieties of speech, language, and technology can be used as part of decolonialist and antiracist writing instruction. She completed her dissertation for her PhD in English from the University of Toronto using the principles of antiracist writing.

Effie Sapuridis, Western University

Effie Sapuridis (she/her) is a doctoral candidate at Western University in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Her research examines engagement with digital transmedia storytelling / fanfiction in marginalized communities. She has worked as a Graduate Fellow at Huron’s Writing/Learning Services since the fall of 2020.

Maša Torbica, University of Waterloo

Maša Torbica (she/her) is a PhD candidate (English Language and Literature) and Writing and Communication Advisor, Undergraduate Programs (Writing and Communication Centre) at the University of Waterloo. Maša’s research, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and Canada Council for the Arts, focuses on intersections between rhetoric, poetics, and social justice. Guided by a commitment to anti-oppressive pedagogies, Maša’s approach to writing and communication instruction includes advocating for individual and institutional renegotiations of linguistic, cognitive, and epistemic (in)justice.