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Complestist N/IWCA

Since I'm cycling off the Executive Board of the International Writing Centers Association this coming November, I've come to be a bit nostalgic about it. My involvement in the Executive Board first started back when Eric Hobson was President and he gave me the opportunity to engage in committee work. I then took on the role of the first Wed Editor of writingcenters.org, and then was elected to be Community College Representative. I threw my hat in the ring for Vice President (the leadership track in IWCA is V.P. to President to Past President--a six year stint!) and was stunned to actually be elected. My "platform" (it seems a bit pretentious to call it that) was to build on IWCA's excellent history of outreach by allowing for more opportunities for people to be involved in the organization.

That's the nice thing about the IWCA Executive Board and IWCA itself--we try to involve our membership as much as we can in official committees and other activities o…

Sexism & the writing center

I've been prepping for our regular before-the-semester staff meeting/discussion and was thinking of using "You Fix it For me: A Lesson in Women's Work and Cultural Misunderstandings" by Kim Zabel in the latest Writing Lab Newsletter. In the article, Zabel describes a tutorial session in which she was the subject of sexist behavior in the writing center, and how she was verbally attacked by a male client for "shaming him" by not doing the work that he was demanding from her. Zabel then goes on to explore the cultural ramifications, as the student was a recent refugee to the United States from a culture that demands women take on certain roles and always defer to men.

Given that I've witnessed sexist behavior in the writing center before, and how tutors who are women deal with it, I thought this would be a good article to spur a beneficial conversation. I think it is important to discuss this matter, as well, since the majority of the tutors who work…