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Join me for a live-tweet of the second speaker in @WCMSU's Language Diversity Speaker Series! Tonight's speaker is Dr. Staci Perryman-Clark. Away we go!
@WCMSU Dr. PC's talk is entitled "The Work of Writing Never Ends: Using the Students' Right to Their Own Language to Bridge Writing Across the Curriculum and Diversity and Inclusion Professional Development Opportunities." #highered #antiracism #curriculum #diversity @WCMSU
@WCMSU Follow along with us at #WCMSU! @WCMSU

How do we create culturally competent pedagogies? How do we explore the intersections of afrocentrism, class, and other identities? We'll dig into questions like these tonight.

#pedagogy #teaching #highered #decolonizing #writing

Dr. PC posits: to support students' rights, #composition must reach across disciplinary boundaries. Essentially, we must emphasize writing across the curriculum. We have to make a change beyond comp classrooms & influence students (AND FACULTY!) across disciplines. #wcmsu

Though the work of writing centers is often 1-1 (and so is a lot of the deeper conversation involved in comp instruction), we need to consider what writing studies can offer to broader forms of instruction across institutions. We can reach so many more writers!
@WCMSU Dr. PC cites building alliances, building from research, building vibrant/collaborative/engaged partnership to continue the work of diversity and inclusion. And WAC is part of that! #WCMSU
@WCMSU Dr. PC notes that while universities claim diversity and inclusion are dearly held values, few institutions have done the work of increasing access. How does faculty development contribute (or not) to a pipeline wherein underrepresented students are equipped for success? #WCMSU
@WCMSU Now, Dr. PC is noting the ways in which diversity & inclusion scholarship could benefit from WAC scholarship -- the field of rhetcomp has had an increase in antiracist writing/pedagogies, and if we shared this scholarship across disciplines, we could benefit more people. #WCMSU

How can WAC initiatives include communities? How can we think beyond curriculum and development and see our connection to our communities as implicit rhetorical proving grounds? How can we align this work with institutional vision/mission?
@WCMSU Dr. PC describes what it was like to search out other African American women on her campus. It wasn't an easy task. It was easier to use community resources to meet fellow Black academics than it was to use campus pathways! What does this say about institutional pathways? #WCMSU
@WCMSU Now, Dr. PC is sharing visuals and breakdowns of how to debunk myths surrounding language and she suggests making creating actual materials that help shape/create accessible, equitable pedagogies for all students -- LGBTQ, students w. disabilities, etc. #WCMSU
@WCMSU Dr. PC is talking about the ways in which writing instructors are typically the first line of defense when new students come to campuses with accessibility needs: can we empower #WAC specialists to see themselves as #highered authorities on accessibility & inclusion?

Q & A time!

Someone asks, what's "edited english?"

PC replies: It's the language of wider communication -- when you adopt the terminology or language the most audience members or readers or listeners can understand. #WCMSU

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