The title of this workshop immediately caught my attention because I have an interest in social justice issues. In recent years, there has been a conflict between groups who seek to create safe spaces on college/university campuses and those who feel that such measures are unnecessary. I’m enthralled by the idea that writing centers themselves could be a safe spaces for students and tutors to use language and written assignments as an avenue to learn from each other.
As someone who tries to be aware of internalized prejudice, I see this workshop as an excellent opportunity to better myself as an unbiased tutor who supports diverse writers. Students from all walks of life should be able to enter their campus writing center and know that their voice is heard and welcome.
Kimberly Endsley is a Graduate Writing Center Tutor and a student in the Master of Education in Educational Technology program at UTRGV.