Addressing Racial Diversity in a Writing Center: Stories and Lessons from Two Beginners by Nancy Barron and Nancy Grimm uses a combination of personal anecdotes and stories to convey the importance of race and diversity issues in writing situations. I believe that this article makes a very crucial point that a sort of colorblind writing environment may not exist yet and may not be beneficial to a writing center.
Although I have only been at Stanford for a year, I have already felt a push from my instructors and peers to share my opinions somewhat drenched with my personal, cultural, and ethnic experience. I believe that those personal experiences have enriched my writing at the university so far. As a writing tutor in-training, I believe that there is a certain beauty that manifests in a students writing that takes their unique backgrounds into consideration.
I understood the safety in anonymity and fear and exposure expressed In the first story about the African American woman who did not want to submit her piece. That just proves how important it is to establish that the writing center is a safe and open space for students to express their ideas without fear of judgement.
I believe that this article had an important teaching opportunity that was not fully realized. I wonder how often situations arise where a student is afraid to share their opinions when race is involved? I was hoping to gain insight into different techniques on how a tutor should approach said situation. I understand, however, that many of these situations may have to be dealt with on a case by case basis.
Oriekose Idah Stanford University ’15