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RSA Remote ... August 21 Session ... Recruiting and Retaining Graduate Students of Color in Rhetoric

RSA Remote ... Recruiting and Retaining Graduate Students of Color in Rhetoric

We hope you will consider joining us at our second RSA Remote speaking engagement in our “Contemporary Issues” series sponsored by The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Center for Writing Studies and Department of Communication:

Title: Recruiting and Retaining Graduate Students of Color in Rhetoric

Presenters:  Tamika Carey, Andre E. Johnson, and Karma R. Chávez

DateFriday August 21, 2020

Time3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET

Description: Although the field of rhetoric in both English and Communication has grown more diverse, that change has been slow going. Furthermore, the vast majority of PhD-granting departments in our field are comprised almost entirely of white faculty. A look at curriculum in those PhD-granting departments reveals that the study of race is given cursory attention at best in most classes, and few departments include more than a single course devoted entirely to the study of race. Despite these obstacles, most departments insist they seek a more diverse student body and would like to work in a more diverse discipline. Most faculty are earnest about wanting to support students of color. Yet, anecdotal evidence from people of color “whisper networks” suggests to us that many students of color in rhetoric do not feel supported, do not see themselves reflected in curriculum, and do not see a viable future in the discipline. This webinar draws from the experience of three faculty who work closely with students of color at their own institutions and across the discipline to provide answers to the question, “how do you recruit and retain graduate students of color in the rhetorical studies?” Each panelists will give a 5-10 minute presentation. The rest of the time will be spent responding to questions from the audience.

Please CLICK HERE to register. You will receive the Zoom link and instructions on Friday morning.

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University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

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