Teaching Writing about Communities in Affirming Ways

When and Where

Tuesday, March 16, 2021 10:00 am to 11:30 am
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This workshop will help us start a discussion about how we can teach students to write about communities in affirming ways, especially when they are not members of those communities. The goals of the workshop are (1) to help the participants understand what affirming writing is and the complexities associated with it and (2) to equip participants with tools to help teach their students about affirming writing. In the workshop, we will look at 4 case studies: Indigenous communities, immigrant communities, transgender communities and Deaf communities. For each case, someone who works with these communities, and in some cases is a member of these communities, will discuss examples of affirming and non-affirming writing about the community, and why this writing is or is not affirming. We will also have time for discussion in the second half of the workshop.
Speakers Include:

  • Nathan Sanders
  • Virgilio Partida PeƱalva
  • Lex Konnelly
  • Pocholo Umbal

If you are not able to attend, but would like to receive any information we send to participants, please register for the workshop and you will be included on our mailing list.
This workshop is a joint initiative of the Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Writing Integrated Teaching (WIT) programs in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Toronto.

Contact Information


Equity Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Program, Writing Integrated Teaching (WIT) Program, Department of Linguistics