Diversity and Outreach Committee

The Diversity and Outreach committee is tasked with ensuring that WPA-GO is as diverse and interesting as our large body of graduate student members. Although we were once a task force, the organization has recognized the increasing importance of inclusion and equality for all areas of our group and now the committee has members from each of the major committees and task forces.  


We are currently in the development stage of working on a community-service project in Pittsburgh, PA during the CCCC in March 2019. We’ve contacted community leaders who haven’t responded (which makes sense given the current turmoil in Pittsburgh). We’ve also contacted Department Heads at the Community College of Allegheny County, which has a campus across the river from the Convention Center. Dr. Elizabeth Throesch, Department Chair of Communication Arts has been the most helpful, since the Professor of English has distributed an email seeking interested parties. Once we’ve come up with ideas on what to do, we’d like to reach out to some Special Interest Groups to seek out volunteers. Some ideas for service we’ve come up with are:

  • Service at a local meal center
  • River Cleanup
  • Resume workshop
  • Literacy Events
  • Service at a community action center  

We’re still working on revising the WPA-GO Statement on Racism, but we’re also looking at other documents to revise as we move forward.

Edrees (Edd) Nawabi, Chair

Edrees Nawabi
Edrees (Edd) Nawabi

Edrees Nawabi is a third-year English PhD student at Washington State University, focusing in Rhetoric and Composition. Nawabi’s research interests are in service-learning, writing to learn, rhetorical genre theory, rhetorical listening, and the relationship between discourse communities and logic. Through his academic career, Nawabi continues to look for opportunities to practice social justice and community engagement. When he’s not working, Edrees loves spending time with his puppy, Freya, doing stand-up, and cooking.

Ellen Cecil-Lemkin

Ellen Cecil-Lemkin

Ellen is a PhD Rhetoric and Composition candidate at Florida State University with research interests in disability studies, collaboration, and embodied pedagogy. Outside of school, Ellen enjoys hanging out with her pets and crafting.

Amanda Presswood

Amanda Presswood

Amanda is a second year PhD student in the Rhetoric and composition program at Florida State University. Her research interests focus on WPA work and Multilingual Composition. Amanda is the current Vice-Chair of WPA-GO and is Rhetoric and Composition Program assistant at Florida State University. In her minimal free time, Amanda enjoys doing yoga or hanging out with her adorable cat Boo.

Sumyat Thu

Sumyat Thu

Sumyat is a PhD candidate in English composition and rhetoric at the University of Washington, Seattle. She also currently serves as an assistant director of the UW Expository Writing Programs for computer-integrated classrooms and related teaching. Her research focuses on translingual and transnational literacies, language and racial ideology, community engaged research, and public scholarship. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, hanging around town, and reading for pleasure.

Mandy Macklin

Ahmad A. Alharthi