For the 2021 RMWCA Summer Book Club, we will be reading Wellness and Care in Writing Center Work edited by Dr. Genie Giaimo.
As an open-access WLN Digital Collection, this text offers a “wide-ranging set of pedagogical and scholarly chapters on wellness explored through labor studies, social movements, anti-racism, psychology, organizational theory, critical theory, and lived experience. Chapters focus on social justice approaches to wellness and care in writing center work, imposter syndrome, workplace stress, emotional labor, emotional intelligence, motivational interviewing, and conducting site-specific wellness research. In addition, there is a chapter on how to apply foundational principles of community wellness in the writing center. Each chapter offers questions for discussion to engage staff in further dialogue and can be useful for tutor education programs. This collection benefits writing center administrators, tutors, and anyone interested in a critical examination of how wellness and care are discussed, researched, and practiced in the field” (WLN).
RMWCA will host three book club discussions over the summer. Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of each month at 12:00 noon Mountain Daylight Time (2PM EST). The June 9th meeting will cover chapters 1-3. The July 14th meeting will cover chapters 4-7. Our August 11th meeting will feature a discussion with the editor of the collection, Dr. Genie Giaimo, as well as two contributors from the RMWCA region, Dr. Benjamin Villarreal (New Mexico Highlands University) and Dr. Lauren Brentnell (University of Northern Colorado).
A link will be sent out to registered participants one day prior to each meeting. If you register but do not receive a link within the given timeline, please contact Lisa Bell at email@example.com.
The Summer Book Club is free to RMWCA members and colleagues are invited to attend for a nominal fee that helps fund RMWCA programming and scholarship. Thank you to everyone who voted as part of our fourth annual RMWCA Summer Book Club selection process. We look forward to reading and learning with you all this summer.