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O.U R. Conversation

A Forum for Racial Awareness and Social Change

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What is the Purpose of this Conversation?

With the current climate of racial unease hovering over the world, it’s important to have spaces to grapple with the confusions and misconceptions associated with racism, social justice, and reform. It’s also important to discover, understand, and process some possible unconscious inhibitors to social change that can dwell in anyone.

O.U.R. (Own Ur Responsibility) Conversation is designed to allow for the opportunity to process these racial matters and encourage meaningful conversation through a series of videos and readings. The ultimate goal is to inspire self-awareness and personal growth to help ensure a more inclusive environment for all.

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Each installment will feature different activities centered around racial matters.

Social Justice Reading List

Barron, Nancy, and Nancy Grimm. “Addressing Racial Diversity in a Writing Center: Stories and Lessons from Two Beginners.” The Writing Center Journal 22.2 (2002): 55-83.

Bawarshi, Anis, and Stephanie Pelkowski. “Postcolonialism and the Idea of a Writing Center.” The Writing Center Journal 19.2 (1999): 41-58.

Condon, Frankie, and Vershawn Ashanti Young, Eds. Performing Antiracist Pedagogy in Rhetoric, Writing, and Communication. WAC Clearinghouse/UP of Colorado, 2017.

Diab, R., et al. “A Multi-dimensional Pedagogy for Racial Justice in Writing Centers.” Praxis 10.1 (2012):

Foss, Sonja J., and Cindy L. Griffin. “Beyond Persuasion: A Proposal for an Invitational Rhetoric.” Communication Monographs 62 (1995): 1-18.  

Garcia, Romeo. “Unmaking Gringo-Centers.” The Writing Center Journal 36.1 (2017): 29-59.

Godbee, Beth, Moira Ozias, and Jasmine Kar Tang. “Body + Power + Justice: Movement-Based Workshops for Critical Tutor Education.” The Writing Center Journal 34.2 (2015): 61-112.

Greenfield, Laura and Karen Rowan. Writing Centers and the New Racism: A Call for Sustainable Dialogue and Change. Utah State, 2011.

Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America, Bold Type Books. 2016.

Matias, Cheryl E.  Feeling White: Whiteness, Emotionality, and Education.  Sense Publishers, 2016.

Skerrett, Allison. “English Teachers’ Racial Literacy Knowledge and Practice.” Race, Ethnicity, and Education 14.3 (2011): 313-330.

Villanueva, V. “Blind:  Talking about the New Racism.” The Writing Center Journal 26 (2006): 3–19.