Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair

The OWCA is accepting applications and nominations for a Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair.

Position Description

  • Length of term: 2 years (January 2022 to December 2023)
  • Monthly time commitment: approx. 6 hours
  • Renewable?: No
  • Elected by: OWCA membership

The Position

The Diversity and Social Justice Committee seeks a Co-Chair interested in helping initiate, energize, and lead the OWCA’s engagement in social justice work and human rights advocacy within the Writing Center community. We broadly understand social justice in the context of Jones & Walton (2018), where social justice is invested in advocating for and amplifying the “agency of oppressed people–those who are materially, socially, politically, and/or economically under-resourced” in ways that center “a collaborative, respectful approach that moves past description and exploration…to taking action to redress inequities” (p. 242). We recognize the ambiguity and appropriation of the term “Social Justice” and seek to conduct specific, actionable work centering marginalized groups. While we value engagement and interest in writing center work, our primary interest is in your commitment to advocacy in social justice and equity.

Year 1 (January to December 2022): The first year of appointment, the Diversity & Social Justice Co-Chair will act as the co-chair for the Diversity & Social Justice Committee. The co-chair will be mentored by the chair to acclimate to the responsibilities of the chair and co-chair and responsibilities of the committee.

Year 2 (January to December 2023): The following year, the co-chair will rotate into the position of Chair of the Diversity & Social Justice Committee and take over the responsibilities of chairing the committee as well as mentoring the newly elected co-chair.

The Diversity & Social Justice Committee

Currently, the Diversity and Social Justice Committee includes five members who meet once a month as a group. Diversity and Social Justice Committee projects in 2021 have included helping draft the OWCA’s Commitment to Anti-Racism, reviewing the OWCA’s by-laws for equity and inclusion, assisting the Conference Committee in reviewing conference proposals in an impartial manner, and creating a demographic survey to be distributed among current OWCA members. Annual projects include attending the OWCA’s Conference and reporting on inclusivity concerns. In the future, we hope to expand the reach of our Committee’s work within the writing center community, and we seek a Co-Chair excited about such a possibility.

The Executive Board

The Diversity and Social Justice Committee Co-Chair is a voting member of the Executive Board. This means that the Co-Chair is expected to attend Executive Board meetings, report on the progress of the Diversity and Social Justice Committee, review items that need Board feedback/approval, and vote on Board and committee projects.

In 2021, Executive Board meetings were held once per month for an hour and a half. During some months, additional one-hour meetings were scheduled for training or additional discussion of committee projects. Executive Board members also have opportunities to attend Meet and Greets with OWCA members and present at special interest groups (SIGs) on online writing center work.

Learn More

If you’d like to learn more about this position, you are encouraged to contact the Diversity and Social Justice Chair, Paula Rawlins, at paula.rawlins@yale.edu.

You can also attend the Executive Board Meet and Greet on October 6 from 2-3pm EST.

Application Timeline and Instructions

  • October 31: Deadline for submitting applications
  • November 8: Electronic Ballot is sent to members for voting
  • November 19: Deadline for OWCA members to submit votes
  • November 30: Results are announced

Who Can Apply

Anyone can apply for this position, but you will need to be an OWCA member to accept the position and serve your term. We especially welcome and encourage people who identify as Queer/LGBTQ+, BI/POC, Indigenous, Disabled, Neurodivergent, or an otherwise marginalized identity to apply. Per our Anti-Racism Statement, students and professionals who identify as people of color can become OWCA members at no charge.

Applicants also do not have to be currently employed at a writing center. Current Board members are students, IRB Coordinators, ePortfolio Student Support Coordinators, Learning Resource Center Directors, and Assistant Professors of English. To understand and support our members, though, applicants should have some familiarity with implementing or researching online writing support services.

What to Submit

Please create a written statement (200-300 words) OR video statement (2-3 minutes). Video statements should be uploaded to YouTube and include edited closed captions for accessibility (please review the OWCA Guide for Video Applications for assistance).

Your statement will be displayed privately on the OWCA website and distributed to OWCA members. In your statement, you should answer the following questions:

  • What experience and/or values inform your interest in joining the Diversity and Social Justice committee?
  • What ideas do you have for expanding OWCA membership or better supporting OWCA members?

Your statement should focus on your ideas and what you’d like to do as an OWCA Executive Board member. Please do not submit a summary of your resume/CV.

Apply or Nominate Someone

Please use the form below to apply for this position. You can also nominate another individual that you think would be a good fit for this position. If you nominate someone, we will reach out to them and encourage them to apply.