Jonathan Doucette’s “Composing Queers” brought up an interesting point that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought about if a relevant situation hadn’t arisen. He brings up a good point that the writing center, or composition studies in general, can be a limiting place, unconsciously ruled by “dominant culture”. He also paints a worthy vision, however, of a writing center where individuals can “find ways to claim a sense of agency in and through writing”. I would like to employ the approach of openness that Doucette suggests to help make any tutoring time I have with students a safe and open space that gives students the opportunity to feel free to engage in any kind of discourse, normative or not.
Caroline Hernandez, Stanford 2015