In 2020, the unjust killings of a number of Black citizens such as Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and many more highlighted the systemic racism present in many American institutions. CWPA supports the calls for action that Black Lives Matter and other activists have voiced, and we know that we, too, are called to examine our own organization for ways to support antiracism. In June 2020, the Executive Board and Officers made a public commitment to our membership that we would develop a multi-faceted plan to diversify our organization and implement antiracist initiatives. These initiatives are below. Each initiative has chairs, committees, actions, and timelines, and if you would like to provide feedback, please contact the chairs of the appropriate initiative.
We are committed to making a difference in our organization and supporting the WPAs, writing faculty, and graduate students we serve--and, by extension, we intend to make a difference to the writing students we teach.