CSB/SJU Writing Center Tutors Make Strong Impression at Conference

Over spring break, writing tutors Stanton Charlton and Maria Frie—presented on collaborations with Education (Maria & English language learners) and Student Accessibility Services at the Midwest Writing Center Association annual conference in Omaha. The Midwest Writing Centers Association (MWCA) is a regional nonprofit organization and an affiliate of the International Writing Centers Association, encourages communication and collaboration among writing centers in the Midwest. Meredith Steck (U of M) wrote a summary of her experience at the conference and singled out the CSB/SJU Panel as particularly inspiring:

“The second panel, from St. Olaf College and College of Saint Benedict/Saint John’s University, was about “Building Cross-Campus Collaborations to Increase Writing Center Access.” Four panelists (all consultants) presented their work on bridging the gap for students with disabilities, working with English learners, and analyzing how consultant gender influences student perceptions of the writing center. Consultants explored ways in which their centers have shifted the focus from giving “special treatment” to writers with disabilities to enacting policies that benefit all writers. The panelists emphasized that close collaboration with campus accessibility services and discussion during tutor training are important ways to ensure that writers do not face disabilities on their own.”

Stanton and Maria are recipients of Undergraduate Research Program presentation grants for the 2017-2018 academic year.