English Students and Writing Center Tutors Present at the Northeast Writing Centers Association Conference
Monday, April 1, 2019
Monday, April 1, 2019
Tutors from the UMass Amherst Writing Center attended and presented at the Northeast Writing Centers Association (NEWCA) Conference at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut this past weekend. Several presentees are English students, both at the undergraduate and graduate level. Director Anna Rita Napoleone also attended. Presentations are as follows:
"Disability in the Writing Center: Towards a Collaborative Approach": a roundtable hosted by Kate McMurray (psychology major, English minor), Sierra Sumner (English and legal studies; current Digital Communications Intern), Kazmiera Breest (economics major, math minor), Kate Stoppiello (political science and philosophy), and Spencer Jovellanos (English and biology). This panel was under the mentorship of Writing Center Assistant Director, Robin Garabedian, who is a PhD candidate in the Composition and Rhetoric program.
About the roundtable: "This roundtable will lead to a conversation about disability in the Writing Center. The presenters (five undergraduate tutors) will briefly share their analysis of data and experiences in their writing center, focusing on working with disabled writers and learning about disability throughout their tutor training. They will invite attendees to share similar experiences in the hopes of learning from their audience about how to move towards a more collaborative model of disability in the writing center."
"Engaging and Enacting a Translingual Approach in the Writing Center”: a roundtable hosted by Assistant Director Florianne Jimenez (PhD candidate in Composition and Rhetoric), Kyle Piscioniere (graduate tutor and PhD student in the Composition and Rhetoric Program), Brooke Paulding (English major), and Nat Roosa (BDIC in Civic Studies)."
About the roundtable: "This roundtable hopes to begin a conversation about the theory of translingual writing, and how we as graduate and undergraduate tutors grapple with this concept and enact it in our tutoring practice. In this roundtable, we narrate how we have learned about translingual theory at our writing center, how we understand our individual and institutional orientations to language, and how we have begun to incorporate translingualism into our practice."