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Current CCCC Task Forces

Task Force to Draft a CCCC Statement on the Role of Reading in College Writing Classrooms (March 2020)

Members:
Alice Horning, Co-Chair
Iswari Pandey, Co-Chair
Mike Bunn
Ellen Carillo
Nicki Davis-Cosby
Sherita Roundtree
Patrick Sullivan
Howard Tinberg

Charge: To research and draft a CCCC statement on the role of reading in the college writing classroom that follows the CCCC guidelines for drafting position statements (https://cccc.ncte.org/cccc/resources/positions/guidelines).

Deadline: Submit a draft for the CCCC EC to consider at their meeting in March 2020.

Wikipedia Initiative Task Force (March 2020)

Members:
Melanie Kill, Chair
Dylan B. Dryer
Tarez Graben
Carrie Leverenz
Alexandria Lockett
Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher
Matthew Vetter

Task force purpose: to develop the framework for an ongoing CCCC Wikipedia Initiative

Task Force Charges:

  1. Develop support structures and resources for CCCC members editing Wikipedia in their capacities as subject specialists.
  2. Serve as point of contact in CCCC partnership with the Wiki Education Foundation.
  3. Plan member activities and collaborative projects throughout the year, such as “edit-a-thons.”*
  4. Track participation and assess impacts of initial Wikipedia Initiative activities, circulating findings to the CCCC Executive Committee at its November 2019 meeting.
  5. Pending results of the first year’s activities, develop a plan and recommendations for sustaining the Wikipedia Initiative, without cost to CCCC, and submit to the CCCC EC prior to its March 2020 CCCC EC meeting.
  6. As relevant, work with the NCTE ED to develop grant proposals to fund any activities planned for the subsequent year that have associated costs. Implementation of activities with associated costs is contingent upon receipt of grant funding.

*Activities associated with convention must be approved by the Program Chair and supported by volunteer labor.

Timeline: Dec. 2018 – March 2020

Website Design Task Force Phase 1 (May 2020)

Members:
Jennifer Clary-Lemon, Co-chair
Stephanie Kerschbaum, Co-chair
Sara Alvarez
Micheal Callaway
Melissa Helquist
Jordynn Jack
Claire Lutkewitte

Charge: Evaluate and share CCCC members’ experience with the CCCC website with a view to updating the website in terms of design and usability and accessibility.

Special Committee on Composing a CCCC Statement on Anti-Black Racism and Black Linguistic Justice, Or, Why We Cain’t Breathe! (July 2020)

Members:
April Baker-Bell, Chair
Davena Jackson
Lamar Johnson
Carmen Kynard
Teaira McMurtry
Bonnie Williams-Farrier

This special committee is charged to:

  1. Compose CCCC Statements on Anti-Black Racism and Black Linguistic Justice.
  2. Be Real.
  3. Be Brave.
  4. Do tha thang cuz we need justice! Cuz white folks got they knee on our necks, killing us while they hands in they pocket and looking like this just everyday leisure behavior and ain’t nobody who close by–talking bout the police– doing nothing to stop this!
  5. Short statement for public by June 16, 2020.
  6. Second longer statement around July 15, 2020.
  7. Confer with the CCCC Chair Vershawn Young as needed in the process.
Task Force on Assessing the Experience of African American Male Members of CCCC for Equity, Understanding, and Change within CCCC/NCTE (November 2020)

Members:
Donnie Johnson Sackey, Chair
Antonio Byrd
Collin Craig
Brandon Erby
David F. Green

Charge:

  • To work with the Chair of CCCC within the first two weeks of Task Force formation to develop a robust charge that encompasses the following objectives outlined by the current chair of CCCC:
  • To be courageous and bold in pursuing the following:
    • To provide a voice to the CCCC organization and the profession regarding the positive and negative experiences of African American Men with a view to enlarging the positive and eliminating the negative.
    • Assess the experiences of African American Men within CCCC for what is working or not working in relation to the operation of white privilege, whiteliness, and whiteness within CCCC.
    • Survey and expose tacit and intentional racism against African American Men within CCCC.
    • Detail how activities have historically affected African American Men in leadership roles and members within the CCCC organization.
    • Identify any “unwritten rules” that have a disparate impact on African American Men within CCCC.
    • Consult with non-African American Men members in CCCC in order to glean their perspectives and insight on the experience of African American Men.

Action:

  • Imagine and offer tangible options for what might be done to advocate for recognition and intervention in the problems that African American Men experience within CCCC and NCTE.
  • Make recommendations for action to the Executive Committee by November 2020.
Black Technical and Professional Writing Task Force (December 2020)

Members:
Temptaous Mckoy, Chair
Kimberly Harper
Constance Haywood
Natasha Jones
Cecilia Shelton
Ja’La Wourman

Charge: To cull and evaluate research, everyday experiences, and professional practices (broadly defined to include workplace and workaday) centralized and focused on Black lived experiences and epistemologies as they impact, inform, and promote Black Technical and Professional Writing in practice and theory.

Task Force on Assessing Whiteness for Equity, Understanding, and Change within CCCC/NCTE (December 2020)

Members:
Frankie Condon, Co-chair
Mara Lee Grayson, Co-chair
Clare Bermingham
Cheryl Glenn
Doug Kern

Charge:

  • To work with the Chair of CCCC within the first two weeks of Task Force formation to develop a robust charge that encompasses the following objectives outlined by the current chair of CCCC:
  • To be courageous and bold in pursuing the following:
    • Assess the operation of white privilege, whiteliness, and whiteness within CCCC and NCTE
    • Survey and expose tacit and intentional racism within CCCC and NCTE
    • Detail how within CCCC and NCTE whiteness and racism or antiracism activities have historically effected leadership roles and members within the organization
    • Identify any “unwritten rules” that have a disparate impact on minorities, and that may intentionally or unwittingly buttress white privilege
    • Consult with members of colour in CCCCs, listening to their concerns and feedback
    • Consult with other members of all backgrounds listening to their concerns and feedback

Action:

  • Imagine and offer tangible options for what might be done to advocate for recognition and intervention in the problem of white privilege, whiteliness, and whiteness as they function within CCCC and NCTE.
  • Make recommendations for action to the Executive Committee by November 2020.

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