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DBLAC NEWS

CONFERENCE ON COLLEGE COMPOSITION (CCCC) & INTRODUCTION TO NCTE/CCCC BLACK CAUCUS
Portland, OR

On March 15-18, 2017, “the world’s largest professional organization for researching and teaching composition” (NCTE.org), the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) took place in Portland, OR. On March 17, 2017, Sherita V. Roundtree officially introduced DBLAC to the NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus during the special interest group’s scheduled meeting. Roundtree provided an overview of DBLAC’s goals as an organization and its desire to connect with the work and members of the Caucus. Faculty/staff and a relatively large number of graduate students were in attendance for the meeting. At the close of the meeting, Roundtree and Khirsten L. Echols passed out DBLAC business cards to graduate students and faculty who were encouraged to share the information with their graduate students and colleagues. Many of the graduate students then signed up to join DBLAC and its listserv to stay connected to DBLAC as well as future opportunities. Later in the evening, several members of DBLAC gathered at an NCTE/CCCC Black Caucus sponsored event to chat and continue conversations initiated by Roundtree’s earlier presentation.   
WEBSITE LAUNCH & CONFERENCE PRESENTATION
Columbus, OH

On February 25, 2017, DBLAC officially launched its website—the hub of its digital operations—at the Interrogating Discourses & Representations of Anger Graduate Student Conference at The Ohio State University. The launch was the tail-end of a presentation by founders Echols and Maraj entitled “DBLAC: Turning Individual Pain into Collective Gain.” That presentation described the critical need for organizations like DBLAC to “explicitly interrogate the daily operation of white supremacy in our field and on our campuses rather than [provide] more performances of psychologically-internalized Black pain for the white gaze” (Kynard, “Teaching While Black,” 14). It then offered the presenters' DBLAC Narratives as a response to such a call.