My awareness of the problems in Missouri and the NAACP travel warning tempered my usual excitement about Cs and conferencing in general. However, I started a new job in August and thought it was important to attend the conference and show I was engaged, so I decided to find ways to make my Cs experience entirely about activism and social justice. I volunteered to facilitate a pre-conference workshop with Michael Pemberton and Romeo Garcia on Social Justice work in our home institutions. The workshop brought together many passionate people who inspired one another to put their values around social justice and progressive politics into action in meaningful ways, in our classrooms and beyond. After that fantastic first day, I attended sessions that included anti-racist pedagogy practitioners Frankie Condon, Vershawn Ashanti Young, as well as presentations from Writing Center professionals who were finding ways to make their spaces more inclusive and less oppressive. As the week wore on, however, I developed a nagging feeling that, as much as I was getting from the conference, Cs didn’t want me there. My working class, self-funded experience was certainly not the norm, and the conference does little to support people who are not reimbursed by their institutions. If Cs wants to become more inclusive and supportive of non-tenure track, adjunct, or staff attendees, the leadership needs to imagine ways to provide more scholarships, meals, lodging, and entertainment for people who do not have the luxury of institutional support.

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