10/29/2019: “Racialized Equity Labor, University Appropriation and Student Resistance”

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “Racialized Equity Labor, University Appropriation and Student Resistance” by Veronica Lerma, Laura T. Hamilton, and Kelly Nielson.


“We identify a cycle of racialized labor appropriation whereby: 1) people of color identify problems in the racial environment of their organizations and work to solve them; 2) leadership responds by blocking efforts and/or denying issues; 3) external and/or internal pressures force introspection and push leaders to resolve an organizational threat (e.g., to the university’s public image of diversity); and finally, 4) leadership appropriates racialized equity labor, and in doing so converts it into a diluted diversity initiative. Those engaged in racialized equity labor may resist appropriation, but the cycle takes a toll on activists. The ways in which organizations respond to racialized equity labor offers insight into the reproduction of racial inequities, despite the hard work of people of color to create meaningful racial change.”


Lerma, Veronica, Laura T. Hamilton, and Kelly Nielsen. “Racialized Equity Labor, University Appropriation and Student Resistance.” Social Problems, 2019, pp. 1-18. Online first.


10/15/2019: “Women’s Health Literacy and Our Technological Future” by Novotny and Hutchinson

Today’s #AntiAbleistComposition feature is “Women’s Health Literacy and Our Technological Future” by Maria Novotny and Les Hutchinson. The essay was published in the recent Summer 2019 issue of Peitho: Journal of the Coalition of Feminist Scholars in the History of Rhetoric & Composition. The online version of the article can be accessed by clicking here or visiting http://peitho.cwshrc.org/21-3-tracing-the-future-lineage-for-obos/ .

Dr. Maria Novotny is Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in public rhetoric and community engagement, rhetorics of health and medicine, feminist rhetorics, and technical writing.

Dr. Les Hutchinson started at Boise State University in 2019 and is currently an assistant professor with the Department of English. She received her Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Writing from Michigan State University and an M.A. in English Composition from California State University – San Bernardino. Dr. Hutchinson’s work focuses on the intersections of privacy, surveillance, copyright, and intellectual property. Her dissertation, “Privacy, Property, and Sovereignty,” analyzes how social media platforms allow for cultural appropriation of Indigenous and Chicanx practices through their Terms of Service/Use and Privacy Policies. She is invested in the importance of these documents as technologically communicative rhetorical acts that codify relationships between users and tech companies.

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10/13/2019: “Stories Take Place: A Performance in One Act” by Malea Powell and All Her Relations

For today’s feature in #AntiAbleistComposition is Malea Powell’s 2012 Chair’s Address at the Conference on College Composition and Communication.

Citation: Powell, Malea and All Her Relations. “2012 CCCC Chair’s Address: Stories Take Place: A Performance in One Act.” College Composition and Communication, 64(2), 383-406.