Joyce Irene Middleton, Chair
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.
This CCCC Committee on Diversity 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 underrepresentation of people of color in our organization and on college faculties nationwide.
To carry out this general charge this committee is particularly charged
- To gather data about underrepresentation of people of color and other minorities in our professional hiring including surveys of the membership that better identify the organization's level of diversity, including members' rank and institutional affiliation
- To document and synthesize the scholarly, research, and practical efforts of our field to address diversity issues, and in light of this synthesis to suggest new needed areas for professional and scholarly work, including interdisciplinary work
- 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 promote the hiring and retention of faculty of color and the recruiting of graduate students of color in composition and rhetoric
- To develop resources that will support our members in teaching for diverse student bodies, such as a web site with curricular materials and bibliographies on diversity in the 1st year curriculum and beyond and practical resources about teaching writing in diversity-rich environments
- To propose position statements, based on the aforementioned fact and resource collection, on diversity in the profession and teaching for consideration by the Executive Committee.
- To combine efforts with other NCTE/CCCC committees where possible to improve efficiency, including the Committee on Disability Issues and the Committee on LGBT/Q Issues.
- To coordinate with the Committee on Language Policy.