UCLA Writing Project Summer Study Group on Race

Dates & Times TBD for Summer 2021

Instructors—Marlene Carter and David Williams

As protestors continue to call for our country to address the racism and police actions that have led to the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breanna Taylor and so many others, we here at the UCLA Writing Project want to continue to take an antiracist stance in the work we do with teachers and schools.  One of the mandates is for all of us to educate ourselves about race, racism, and how to become antiracists.

Toward this goal, the UCLA Writing Project invites you to join us for study and conversation about racism with a focus on countering anti-black sentiments.  We will meet virtually on Zoom four times to read and discuss articles about addressing race and racism in our lives, our schools, and our communities.

Our summer programs will all be online since the UCLA campus remains closed.

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Marlene Carter is Co-Director of Professional Development for the UCLA Writing Project. Before retiring from LAUSD, she taught English at Dorsey High School Math, Science and Technology Magnet. Marlene also leads our Improving Student Writing team. She has published articles about the teaching of writing and provides professional development for teachers in the Los Angeles area. As a 9th grade teacher, Marlene helped students make the transition from middle school to high school writing. She believes that writing should be joyful and that all students can grow as writers.

David Williams is a former National Board Certified language arts instructor who taught in the Los Angeles Unified School District at Dorsey High School, where he also coached football and track and field, and served as senior class advisor. Although he is no longer employed with LAUSD, he continues to oversee the District’s Academic Decathlon essay competition. Currently he teaches composition as an adjunct professor at Cal State Long Beach and at Cal State Dominguez Hills. As a UCLA Writing Project Fellow since 1990, he believes that all students can grow as writers, that teachers are the best teachers of other teachers, and he maintains strong support for UCLA WP workshops and programs both as facilitator and as participant/learner.