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CCCC Conversations on Diversity

A new CCCC-sponsored blogging series dedicated to the CCCC Committee on Diversity, launched on Thursday, May 29, 2008. Over the next several months, this committee will host a forum where all CCCC members can post questions, short essays, and responses aimed at broadening our ability to think, talk, and write about diversity. In addition, this diversity-dedicated blog will feature posts by some of the best thinkers and writers in our field. Click here to join the conversation!

Committee Members

Joyce Irene Middleton, Chair
Amanda Beth Godbee
Asao Inoue
Jay Jordan
Rhea Estelle Lathan
Mya Poe
Gwen Pough
Annette Powell
John Stovall

March 2009 Update

The current priorities for this committee have been:  (1) developing a position statement on diversity, and (2) facilitating a large organizational conversation on diversity for both CCCC members and non-members (in response to the committee’s charges below).  This committee has learned that a representative percentage of CCCC members have a strong commitment to the idea of creating a CCCC position statement on diversity and social justice.  The committee also invites members to share comments about their views on composing such a document between now and November 2009 (Open Committee Meeting: Thursday, March 12 at 12 pm in the Hilton San Francisco Union Square 20).  In addition, we invite the CCCC membership to recommend names of potential guest writers for the blogging series on diversity

Committee Charge

CCCC's commitment to diversity and the teaching of writing is easily demonstrated by decades of scholarly work-professional conferences, institute meetings, publications, syllabi, and teaching philosophies. This significant body of work by many CCCC members and representative institutions should be formally collected, organized, and analyzed by a new CCCC Committee on Diversity. This committee is charged to promote and support ongoing dialogues about diversity and difference in all aspects of teaching, graduate study, professional hiring and development, and research on rhetoric, writing, and communication. This committee has a particular but not exclusive charge to address the concerns and problems of racial diversity in the rhetoric and composition community, given the small numbers of people of color in our organization and on college faculties nationwide.

The committee would begin by deciding on a plan of action to carry out its charge. Initial activities could include providing information for the CCCC Committees webpage, with links to a broad range of web-based sources, e.g., current bibliographies and book reviews, and creating online forums on issues of diversity and difference in our discipline. After this initial work has begun, the committee might explore the feasibility of publishing a small newsletter featuring current scholarship on diversity, difference, and the teaching of writing (similar to the newsletter, Forum). Other possible activities for the Committee on Diversity include the following:

  • To poll the membership regarding the effectiveness of CCCC in meeting the needs of our many different constituents, as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, disabilities, and sexual orientation
  • To explore opportunities for interdisciplinary research on diversity-related issues 
  • To promote the hiring and retention of faculty of color and the recruiting of graduate students of color in composition and rhetoric
  • To conduct surveys of the membership that better identify the organization's level of diversity, including members' rank and institutional affiliation
  • To explore studies that examine the rhetoric of whiteness in our discipline
  • To help develop a web site with curricular materials and bibliographies on diversity in the 1st year curriculum and beyond
        *Practical resources about teaching writing in diversity-rich
        *Links to books about diversity and writing
        *Links to diversity-rich syllabi
        *A mentor-type column that addresses issues of diversity
        *Short excerpts from members about how diversity shapes their
         teaching and their identities as teacher-scholars (testimonials)
  • To combine efforts with other NCTE/CCCC committees where possible to improve efficiency*

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