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Undoing BIPOC Erasure in the Academy: A Conversation About Race and Anti-Racism - Anti-Racism Panel hosted by the MWP

April 16, 2021 - 12:30pm



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Dr. Genevieve García de Müeller is an Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric and Director of the WAC program at Syracuse University. While at University of New Mexico as a doctoral student she held positions in the UNM Writing Across Communities Alliance and continues her involvement with that initiative. With Iris Ruiz, she was awarded a 2015-2016 CCCC Research Initiative Grant and the first report of that research was published in 2017 in the WPA Journal as “Race, Silence, and Writing Program Administration: A Qualitative Study of U.S. College Writing Programs.” WAC readers will also be familiar with “Inviting Students to Determine for Themselves What it Means to Write Across the Disciplines,” written with Brian Hendrickson and published in 2016 in The WAC Journal. She regularly presents at the CCCC and CWPA conferences and is the Founder and Chair of the Council of Writing Program Administration People of Color Caucus. She has a forthcoming book on the rhetorics of immigration policy.


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Natasha N. Jones, Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, received her Ph.D. in Technical Communication from the University of Washington and a Masters Degree in Technical and Professional Communication from Auburn University. Jones is a co-author of the book Technical Communication after the Social Justice Turn: Building Coalitions for Action (winner of the CCCC Best Book in Technical or Scientific Communication in 2021). Her research interests include activism, social justice, narrative, and technical communication pedagogy. Her work has been published in a number of journals including Technical Communication Quarterly, the Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, Journal of Business and Technical Communication, and Rhetoric, Professional Communication, and Globalization. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Association of Teachers of Technical Writing (ATTW).


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Mara Lee Grayson is an assistant professor of composition and rhetoric in the English department at California State University, Dominguez Hills, where she also serves as interim director of the writing center. Her research focuses on rhetorics of racism and antiracist writing instruction. She is the author of Teaching Racial Literacy: Reflective Practices for Critical Writing (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018) and Race Talk in the Age of the Trigger Warning: Recognizing and Challenging Classroom Cultures of Silence (Rowman and Littlefield, 2020), as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters. Grayson is the recipient of the 2018 Mark Reynolds TETYC Best Article Award and a 2019 CCCC Emergent Researcher Grant.


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Candace de León-Zepeda is a Chicana and Tejana feminist and holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas-San Antonio with specializations in Rhetorical Theory, Written Communication and Latinx Literary and Cultural Studies. She is an Associate Professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas and Chair of the Department of Undergraduate & Graduate English and the Rubén M. and Verónica Salazar Escobedo School of Mass Communication and Theater. Candace’s scholarship and research addresses how Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) can better serve first-generation and Latinx students in the writing classroom and the need for culturally relevant and decolonial pedagogies. Her most recent work addresses the implications of shame (vergüenza) and trauma on student agency and how faculty can carve out classroom spaces that cultivate healing and hope. She is co-editor of the book, Teaching Gloria E. Anzaldúa: Pedagogy and Practice for Our Classrooms and Communities, published by The University of Arizona Press.


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