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ERIC Number: EJ832732
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 28
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 14
ISSN: ISSN-1534-9322
I Thought Composition Was about Commas and Quotes, Not Queers: Diversity and Campus Change at a Rural Two-Year College
Mitchell, Danielle
Composition Studies, v36 n2 p23-50 Fall 2008
Fayette County, once home to the Carnegies, the Mellons, and the Fricks, now punctuated by abandoned mines and coke ovens, is the second poorest county in Pennsylvania. Gay and lesbian students experience discrimination in this County. In this article, the author discusses her efforts to intervene in this complicated problem by deploying a diversity-focused first-year writing course, and then by using that course to envision a broader, more integrated program that both deploys composition as a site of diversity instruction and diversifies sites of cultural instruction. To this end, she discusses her rationale for creating the course, the scholarly precedents that enable this work, and the broader cultural work that has come to the fore as a result of this work. Ultimately, because the cultural curriculum she outlines extends pedagogy beyond composition, it may enable instructors at two-year colleges to achieve change more quickly, change that extends beyond the walls of their classrooms to touch the wider campus community. She argues that some faculty members in composition are in ideal locations to facilitate such a curriculum, even when chilly climates may feel less than ideal. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania