The Writing Program is committed to creating inclusive classrooms where students and faculty are challenged to encounter differences of background, of experience, of perspective, of intellectual commitments; to listen rhetorically; and to respond creatively and compassionately. In our classrooms, people are respected and complex topics and concepts are addressed through critical thinking, ethical deliberation, and deep reflection.

Commitment to Anti-Racist Pedagogy

As writing teachers and scholars, we commit ourselves to anti-racist pedagogies; we commit to teaching critical thinking, ethical deliberation, and just argumentation in our courses; and we commit to reflecting on and using our positionalities and structural resources for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Local & National Organizations’ Statements (June 2020):

Writing Program Resources for anti-racist pedagogy are available on the CWRU Writing Program Canvas Site.  Suggestions for additions to this page or our pedagogical resources should be addressed to


CWRU Land Acknowledgement

In recognizing the land upon which we reside, we express our gratitude and appreciation to those who lived and worked here before us; those whose stewardship and resilient spirit makes our residence possible on this traditional homeland of the Lenape (Delaware), Shawnee, Wyandot Miami, Ottawa, Potawatomi, and other Great Lakes tribes (Chippewa, Kickapoo, Wea, Piankishaw, and Kaskaskia). We also acknowledge the thousands of Native Americans who now call Northeast Ohio home.

Case Western Reserve University and the greater Cleveland area occupy land officially ceded by 1100 chiefs and warriors signing the Treaty of Greenville in 1795.

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Respecting Gender Identity: Pronouns & Prefixes

Kim’s Pronouns: she/her/hers
Kim’s Prefix: Prof. or Dr. (Emmons)

CWRU’s Student Information System (SIS) allows students to indicate their preferred pronouns and prefix.  You will find this information for your students in your class list.

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Conducting Ethical Research

The Writing Program is committed to using ethical practices when doing research involving human subjects (i.e., living individuals or identifiable private information). This includes:

  • Conducting research about students (including their writing)
  • Assigning human subjects research projects to students

Before conducting or assigning human subjects research, please review our guidelines and consult with the Director of Composition.

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