The past three months have been a very exciting time for Crow. We’ve received good news about grant funding which we are eager to share once we finalize the paperwork with our sponsors. We’ve added new collaborators who are bringing energy and new perspectives to our work. And we’ve been invited to share our research at the Purdue Languages & Cultures Conference and Computers & Writing 2017, in addition to our upcoming presentations at CCCC, AAAL, and TESOL.
From the start, Crow has always been driven by and for graduate students from all over the world. Our work builds on two projects, COIN and PSLW, both started at Purdue. We’re proud to include researchers from diverse countries in our team — including Poland, China, South Korea, Russia, Turkey, Lebanon, and the United States. The texts in Crow are written by students from these countries and more. We’re committed to working with researchers internationally and turning to them to make Crow broadly useful.
For these reasons, we’re both sad and angry about the hateful attacks the Trump administration is making on immigration, wrongly singling out the Muslim faith, and carelessly harming people who have lawfully come to make the United States their home. Most of all, it is wrong to cast aside refugees, hopeful to escape hatred and war, who have patiently shown they are not worthy of fear or aspersion. These are our friends, students, colleagues, and neighbors. It is wrong to fear them for being different. To put these and other human beings in danger is to reject the freedoms supposedly being protected by this gross over-reaction. We wonder who will be the next targets?
Lately we’ve started referring to our team as a family. Now our family is being threatened. We are better people for having worked with Hadi, Ola, Jie, Zhaozhe, Ji-Young, Olga, Beril, and Ge — and too many others to list here. Our hearts are fuller, our research is better, and our project stronger because of them. We are grateful for the responses from our universities. Like them, we will resist these attempts to undo the good work our students are doing. We will protect their interests and affirm their rights to be treated with the respect, dignity, grace, and kindness they show others.
Bradley Dilger, Shelley Staples, and William Hart-Davidson