A Social Justice Approach to Tutoring
Isabella Breda, California Lutheran University
Writers from all backgrounds approach Writing Centers for a similar purpose–to become more culturally sensitive and eloquent written communicators. Peer tutors are doing a disservice if they are not acknowledging a writers’ potentially harmful language and offering an equitable lens from which to describe the world. Using Nieto and Bode’s “tenets of social justice education” and Chapman, Hobbel and Alvarado’s “Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique” approach, this presentation will explore how peer tutors can help writers learn to identify, change and confront stereotypes and untruths that lead to systemic racism.