Antiracist Pedagogy Symposium

This fully online virtual symposium featured a series of five virtual workshops designed to address writing instruction across the Towson University curriculum, including workshops focused on first year writing (ENG 102 and TSEM), graduate student writing support, tutoring, international and multilingual student support, and linguistic justice.

“ The way black language is devalued in schools reflects how black lives are devalued in the world . . . [and] the anti-black linguistic racism that is used to diminish black language and black students in classrooms is not separate from the rampant and deliberate anti-black racism and violence inflicted upon black people in society. ”

April Baker-Bell

Invited Speakers

Carmen Kynard — Dr. Kynard is the Lillian Radford Chair in Rhetoric and Composition and professor of English at Texas Christian University, where she teaches courses that integrate race, black feminism, AfroDigital/African American cultures and languages, and the politics of schooling. Dr. Kynard will offer a workshop on digital rhetoric and honoring student work/talent in first year writing.

Khirsten Scott — Dr. Scott is an assistant professor of English in the composition program at the University of Pittsburgh and co-founder of Digital Black Life and Culture (DBLAC), which seeks to sponsor and mentor black identified graduate students whose work centers black study.

Zandra L. Jordan — The Reverend Dr. Jordan is the director of the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking at Stanford University. Her scholarly work combines Womanist Theology with anti-racist teaching and tutoring. Rev. Dr. Jordan will offer a workshop on anti-racist practices for tutoring writing and public speaking.

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Cristina Sanchez-Martin — Dr. Sanchez-Martin is an assistant professor of English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her academic interests include language difference in writing, translingual and transnational literacies, teacher education, and mentoring, and she recently gave a talk for the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators on translingual and antiracist pedagogies in online classrooms. Dr. Sanchez-Martin will offer a workshop on antiracist pedagogy for supporting multilingual students in online courses.

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April Baker-Bell — author of Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy, which won the NCTE’s George Orwell Award for Distinguished Contribution to Honesty and Clarity in Public Language in 2020. The book provides ethnographic snapshots of how black students navigate and negotiate their linguistic and racial identities across multiple contexts, and it captures what antiracist black language pedagogy looks like in community with black youth. Linguistic Justice features a range of multimodal examples and practices through instructional maps, charts, artwork, and stories that reflect the urgent need for antiracist language pedagogies in our current social and political climate. Dr. Baker-Bell is a national leader in conversations on black language education, and her research interrogates the intersections of black language and literacies, anti-black racism, and antiracist pedagogies.

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Writing Center, the Office of the Provost, the College of Liberal Arts, Faculty Academic Center of Excellence (FACET), TU Academic Senate, Center for Student Diversity, the Department of English, and Department of Communication Studies.