I welcome our readers to the first issue of Volume 9 of Departures in Critical Qualitative Research (DCQR). In many ways, this issue is a continuation—both directly and indirectly—of our “Merit, Whiteness, and Privilege” special issue (DCQR 8.4). The special issue came about as a response to a controversial summer vis-à-vis inclusion, diversity, and nonwhite/minoritized representation in communication studies, the field that is my home. We received upward of 35 submissions for the issue, which was rigorously coedited by Amardo Rodriguez, Mohan J. Dutta, and Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas. This was a substantial number of submissions given that I invited the three coeditors in the middle of the ongoing controversy, thereby making the...

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