Participatory Coalition Building: Creating an Anti-Racist Scholarly Reviewing Practices Heuristic

Lauren Cagle, Michelle Eble, Meredith Johnson, Nathan R. Johnson, Liz Lane, Temptaous McKoy, Kristen R. Moore, Enrique Reynoso, Emma Rose, Gpat Patterson, Fernando Sanchez, Michele Simmons, Erica Stone, Jason Chew Kit Tham, Rebecca Walton

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Abstract

This experience report documents the impetus for, process, and result of a coalition of technical and professional communication (TPC) scholars who crafted an anti-racist scholarly reviewing heuristic for editors, reviewers, and authors. In Summer 2020, a coalition of scholars met to respond to calls from Women of Color leaders in the field of TPC for anti-racist action. The coalition engaged in an extended Futures Workshop, a participatory design activity that guided imaginative brainstorming and problem solving which culminated in the development of the heuristic. The heuristic was reviewed by many scholars and iteratively revised before being shared publicly in Spring 2021 on social media platforms, via national listservs, and by professional organizations. This report recounts the specific participatory design practices and activities the coalition employed to create a living and open document that can guide a variety of actors to examine their own practices, with the ultimate goals of intervening in and interrupting bias in reviewing practices. This report demonstrates how enacting participatory values and working in broad coalitions can further anti-racist efforts and generate more inclusive practices and norms for the field of TPC.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 39th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication
Subtitle of host publicationBuilding Coalitions. Worldwide, SIGDOC 2021
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages281-288
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781450386289
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 12 2021
Event39th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication: Building Coalitions. Worldwide, SIGDOC 2021 - Virtual, Online, United States
Duration: Oct 12 2021Oct 14 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 39th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication: Building Coalitions. Worldwide, SIGDOC 2021

Conference

Conference39th ACM International Conference on the Design of Communication: Building Coalitions. Worldwide, SIGDOC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityVirtual, Online
Period10/12/2110/14/21

Keywords

  • Anti-racism
  • coalition building
  • participatory design
  • scholarly reviewing

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