Utah State University Writing Centers Mission Statement and Goals
The Utah State University Writing Centers provide a positive and inclusive environment for university and community writers to improve their communication skills. We collaborate with writers and communicators of all levels, on all subjects, and through all stages of writing. During our one-with-one tutoring sessions, we ask questions, explore ideas, research solutions, practice writing concepts, and build connections. We believe writing isn’t just a thing we do, but an extension of everything we do.
Our goals include:
· Fostering long-lasting relationships between students, tutors, and our community
· Building on writers’ strengths and empowering them to express their ideas
· Providing an open, fun space where learning among tutors and writers is reciprocal
· Facilitating growth and development throughout all stages of the writing process
· Promoting academic inquiry, critical thinking, and the expression of diversity
· Upholding the USU English Department’s Commitment to Diversity:
Utah State University Department of English Commitment to Diversity
The Department of English at Utah State University is a diverse community of teachers, scholars, and students who work together towards a better understanding of the English language and its manifestation in literature, writing, and culture. Our engagement with stories, texts, and communicative practices from across places, time periods, and discourse communities leads us to value a wide range of perspectives. Accordingly, our community is committed to inclusion and welcomes people of all abilities, ages, ethnicities, gender identities and expressions, nationalities, races, religions, sexual orientations, and socioeconomic backgrounds. We believe that engagement with diverse viewpoints through a free and respectful exchange of ideas makes us better thinkers, communicators, problem-solvers, and citizens.
Our classes prepare students to thrive in a technologically and culturally complex world. Students learn how to conduct cultural and historical analysis, collaborate ethically, communicate effectively, formulate well-reasoned conclusions, and create a variety of texts. Students and teachers alike can expect to participate in exciting, thought-provoking conversations in which all parties make evidence-based arguments, listen to the views of others, and test their own assumptions. While such intellectual rigor is challenging at times, it leaves no room for discrimination, intimidation, or harassment. Our department is committed to inclusivity, equality, and compassion.