ASU Racial Equity 2030 Project

The Center for Antiracist Teaching and Language Justice

The Center for Antiracist Teaching and Language Justice at Arizona State University is an educational hub anchored by anti-racist teacher/mentor training programs that shift the culture of writing in secondary and postsecondary institutions towards just and equitable language education.

Project outline


Project Outline

  • Professional Certificate 
  • Professional Conferences
  • Student Conferences
  • Community Chats
  • Digital Platform

Professional Certificate

  • 12 hour instruction based workshop
  • Mentoring available
  • Access to digital platform
  • Access to additional resources

Center Staff

  • Advisory board
  • Director with national recognition in the field of linguistic justice
  • Embedded writing fellows
  • Faculty in residence

Professional Conference

  • Focus on linguistic justice in education
  • Open to national audience
  • Virtual/in-person options
  • Access to digital platform

Student Conference

  • Focus on student produced scholarship
  • Open to national audience
  • Virtual/in-person options
  • Access to digital platform

Community Chats
  • Presentation on current linguistic justice issues with Q&A 
  • Invited speakers and special guests
  • Open to any community member
  • Virtual/in-person options

Professional Certificate

Audience: secondary and postsecondary teachers, administrators, and staff

  • 12 hours of instructions delivered by ASU faculty/staff

  • Delivered in four 3-hour seminars (both synchronous and asynchronous)

  • CEU available for secondary teachers 

  • Topic materials will be created by content experts

Topics could include:

  • History of English Standardization--Problems
  • Understanding student writing processes
  • Issues of placement and assessment in university writing courses (DSP)
  • Identifying racist practices in writing instruction
  • Identifying racist practices in writing assessment (e.g., contract-based grading, rubrics, etc.)
  • Exploring personal biases about language, teaching, and learning 
  • Discussing practices for providing writing commentary
  • Understanding Englishes
  • Defining linguistic justice
  • Exploring linguistic justice through disciplinary lenses
  • Histories of harm and trauma perpetuated by racist writing pedagogies
  • Defining anti-racist learning outcomes for class activities and assignments
  • Strategies for designing anti-racist writing assignments and assessments
  • Strategies for giving students agency by discussing rhetorical and language options and potential consequences
  • Developing a strategy and plan for making changes in the classroom 

Costs to participants

  • Some schools may participate with no out-of-pocket costs

  • Subgrants available to some participating schools to establish their own linguistic justice projects

 

Community Chats

The center will host invited scholars and experts in the fields of critical race theory, ethnic studies, rhetoric and composition, technical communication, and literacy to engage communities in discussions to expand awareness about linguistic justice and its impact on whole communities.

Professional Conference

  • Focus on dialogue

  • Collaborative learning 

  • Engagement with local communities

  • Invited experts in the field

 

Student Conference

  • Focused on student produced scholarship

  • For students, by students
  • Amplifying student voices

  • Engagement with mentors

Additional Initiatives:

Mentorship

Writing Fellows Program

  • Housed in University Academic Success Programs' Writing Center
  • ASU faculty who complete the professional certificate would have the opportunity to have a writing fellow assigned to their courses 
  • Current ASU students will be hired and trained as Writing Fellows who can help to support students’ writing processes in classrooms

Digital Platform

ASU will develop a digital space that will be accessible to all who participate in the professional certificate or conferences. The digital platform will serve as a community forum designed to provide ongoing engagement and support.

The platform will serve as a place to:

  • Discuss best practices
  • Present issues faced in the classroom and get feedback from others

  • Exchange relevant resources such as articles, books, videos, etc.

  • Share assignments and success stories

  • Engage in professional development opportunities

  • House research and scholarship



Relevent Scholarship

Baker-Bell, A. (2020). Linguistic justice: Black language, literacy, identity, and pedagogy. Routledge.

Baker-Bell, A., Williams-Farrier, B. J., Jackson, D., Johnson, L., Kynard, C., & McMurtry, T. CCCC Special Committee on Composing a CCCC Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Black Linguistic Justice, Or, Why We Cain’t Breathe! (2020, July). This ain’t another statement!  This is a DEMAND for Black linguistic justice! https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/demand-for-black-linguistic-justice

Conference on College Composition and Communication. (2015, March). CCCC Guideline on the National Language Policy. https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/resources/positions/nationallangpolicy

Greenfield, L. (2011). The “standard English” fairy tale: A rhetorical analysis of racist pedagogies and commonplace assumptions about language diversity. In L. Greenfield & K. Rowan (Eds.). Writing centers and the new racism: A call for sustainable dialogue and change (pp. 33-60). Utah State University Press.

Inoue, A. B. (2015). Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing Writing for A Socially Just Future. Parlor Press/WAC Clearinghouse.

Inoue, A. B., & Poe, M. (2012). Race and Writing Assessment. Peter Lang.

Lippi-Green, R. (1997). English with an accent: Language, ideology, and discrimination in the United States. Routledge.

National Council of Teachers of English. (2014, November). Students’ right to their own language. https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/resources/positions/srtolsummary

Young, V. A. (2011). Should writers use they own English? In L. Greenfield & K. Rowan (Eds.). Writing centers and the new racism: A call for sustainable dialogue and change (pp. 61-72). Utah State University Press.