HUB Writing Center Promotes Diversity and Inclusivity
Efforts to enhance our campus climate are our collective responsibility, and we can all contribute meaningfully. Recent initiatives to advance the Campus Climate priority of honest, open, and respectful engagement across differences, led by Denise Krane, Director of the HUB Writing Center, demonstrate this clearly.
- The HUB created a diversity and inclusivity statement of practice, which articulates the center’s priorities and values and guides the work of the center’s staff. Here is an excerpt: “we encourage individuals to use language as a way to build understanding and awareness, and we thus prioritize respectful communication, reason- and fact-based perspectives, and honesty. Because we view writing and communication as a way to avoid reductive thinking, we turn away from divisive communication tactics that denigrate and oppress others. We focus instead on enhancing communication strategies that rely on compassionate reflection, knowledge building, and respect for others.”
- Recognizing the evolution of language and its role in supporting or impeding a culture of diversity, inclusivity, and belonging, the HUB has developed a tip sheet on the use of “they” as a singular pronoun, which offers a thought-provoking discussion of this topic.
- The HUB also worked with the Office for Diversity and Inclusion to assess the demographic composition of writing center users, in order to ensure that the HUB serves students equitably.