Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Programming
from the Office of the Provost

As part of our ongoing efforts to enhance our diversity, equity, and inclusion programming at Bryant, I am very pleased to announce the offering of  two events led by Dr. Asao B. Inoue, Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion in the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. Dr. Inoue’s research focuses on antiracist and social justice theory and practices in writing assessment.  

This two-day series will take place on Thursday, May 20th and Friday, May 21st. Dr. Inoue will deliver a keynote on May 20th where he will discuss antiracist assessment and evaluation practices, as well as the historical practices of grading in higher education. On May 21st, Dr. Inoue will facilitate a writing assessment workshop, where faculty will be encouraged to investigate their own classroom and assessment practices. 

I encourage you to attend one or both of these events, as they are open to all Bryant faculty and staff. It is my hope that these events will provide us a means to reflect upon our practices as a community and inspire us to consider how we may refine our teaching and assessment practices to be more inclusive.   

Glenn M. Sulmasy, J.D., LL.M.
Provost and Chief Academic Officer

With particular emphasis on literacy and language in classrooms, Dr. Inoue’s keynote will discuss what it means to assess and evaluate college student writing to build antiracist practices into the structure of course syllabi and assignments. Identifying the ways in which habits of White language (HOWL) inform assessment practices and teacher responses to student writing, these sessions will help faculty investigate their own classroom assessment practices and provide insight on how to build a more inclusive course.

Faculty from all disciplines are encouraged to attend and may choose to participate in one or both events. Following this two-day initiative, faculty are invited to participate in a CTE-led summer working-group grounded in DEI curriculum and syllabi development, with particular emphasis on grading and classroom assessment strategies. These events are supported by The Office of the Provost, The Office of Institutional Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and The Center for Teaching Excellence.

Keynote Lecture and Q&A: “What Does It Mean To Do Antiracist Classroom Assessment As Social Justice?”
Thu, May 20 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Event registration page: https://bookme.bryant.edu/calendar/facdev/social_justice

Writing Assessment Workshop: “Bravely Challenging Our White Language Supremacy in Our Assessments of Student Writing”
Fri, May 21 at 12:00 – 1:30 pm
Event registration page: https://bookme.bryant.edu/calendar/facdev/writing_workshop

About the Presenter:

Asao B. Inoue is Professor and the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Equity, and Inclusion for the College of Integrative Sciences and Arts at Arizona State University. He is the 2019 Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Communication. Among his many articles and chapters on writing assessment, race, and racism, his article, “Theorizing Failure in U.S. Writing Assessments” in Research in the Teaching of English , won the 2014 CWPA Outstanding Scholarship Award. His co-edited collection, Race and Writing Assessment (2012), won the 2014 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for an edited collection. His book, Antiracist Writing Assessment Ecologies: Teaching and Assessing for a Socially Just Future (2015) won the 2017 NCTE/CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph and the 2015 CWPA Outstanding Book Award. He also has published a co-edited collection, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and The Advancement of Opportunity (2018), and a book, Labor-Based Grading Contracts: Building Equity and Inclusion in the Compassionate Writing Classroom (2019). His latest book, Above the Well: An Antiracist Argument from A Boy of Color, will be out by Fall 2021. Additionally, he and his wife initiated the Asao and Kelly Inoue Antiracist Teaching Endowment at their alma mater, Oregon State University, which supports antiracist teaching and research by funding a conference and various scholarships for secondary and post-secondary teachers.