Praxis 16.2: Race & The Writing Center is Here!

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We here at Praxis are proud and excited to present to you our Spring 2019 Special Issue on Race & The Writing Center. Thank you so much to our authors, editorial review board, copy-editing team, and especially, to our guest editors Dr. Karen Keaton Jackson of North Carolina Central University and Dr. Mick Howard of Langston University, who bring us a special section on HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions. We are so grateful to be part of amplifying these important conversations.

You can read the full issue here.

On a personal note here at Praxis, we are saddened to say goodbye to Sarah but proud to send her off with an issue she was so instrumental in bringing about. Sarah has been our dedicated, conscientious editor for the last two years, a mentor and teacher to our copy-editing staff and the rest of the editorial team. She has pushed to broaden our readership and our submission pool, both for our journal and for Axis, our blog, and throughout she has shown a dedication to preserving and maintaining our authors’ voices. She has encouraged Praxis to continue creating space and amplifying new, vital, often overlooked voices, and for that we are so grateful. Thank you, Sarah, for all of your time with us!

We’d also like to extend a warm welcome to our new managing editor Fiza Mairaj, a Ph.D. student in the Educational Policy and Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin. Fiza’s research interests and her experience as a graduate writing consultant make her a great fit for Praxis, and we look forward to working with her, beginning Fall 2019.

Workshopping Antiracism in the Writing Center

Workshopping Antiracism in the Writing Center

“In honor of Praxis’ forthcoming special issue, ‘Race & the Writing Center,’  I’d like to spotlight one workshop in particular that continues to resonate with me and has productively influenced our writing center: ‘Beyond Inclusion: Developing a Mindful Approach to Racial Justice in Tutor Training,’ created by Natasha Tinsley, Hillary Coenen, Lisa Wright, and Fehintola Folerin. [. . .]

Useful as it is to regularly discuss the importance of antiracist work, we also need to regularly practice it. Tinsley et al.'s workshop presents the means to do so with its challenging, welcoming, and accessible series of activities.”

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Writing Centers and the Rhetoric of Toleration

Writing Centers and the Rhetoric of Toleration

The work of tolerance and acceptance, and the work of teaching writing, is getting people to think about their preconceived notions. This is why we should help those students we disagree with. We can’t change their worldview, but the writing center consultation has the potential to encourage students to start asking more and better questions about what they think and why they think it, and we can, if this isn’t too arrogant, serve as a space where students can enlarge their understanding.

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