"Unmaking Gringo-Centers"(Writing Center Journal 36.1, 2017)
"The article focuses on the topics of race and power and how they have been addressed in writing center scholarship. It asks the writing center community to listen, well and deeply, to how members have discussed and pursued anti-racist agendas. The article points to the emergence and presence of a white/black race paradigm. It is argued that this paradigm both limits what a writing center might do and undercuts the efficacy of anti-racist agendas. A method of listening is deployed in multiple ways to substantiate an argument that while pockets of progressive politics have taken place in writing center scholarship, the failure to attend to the conditions experienced by and the needs and interests of other racial/ethnic groups such as Mexican American student writers is a limitation to writing centers' democratic desires. The article brings attention to the plight of Mexican Americans, both local and global, and moves to discuss what might be afforded in accounting for Mexican American students within writing center conversations on race and power."
Dr. Romeo García
Romeo García is assistant professor of writing and rhetoric studies at the University of Utah. His research interests include cultural rhetorics and literacies, literacy narratives, rhetorical and composition histories and theories, critical theories and mobility studies. He recently co-edited Rhetorics Elsewhere and Otherwise: Contested Modernities, Decolonial Visions with Damián Baca, professor of English and Mexican American Studies at the University of Arizona.