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   Writing Center Statement on Anti-Racism

The MSU Denver Writing Center supports Black Lives Matter and is committed to anti-racism. We are proud of the statements issued by our university and fully support them (which can be found here and here). We particularly commend the President and the MSU Denver Board of Trustees for their commitments to use the university system for “constructive social and political change” and, to that end, we are now, and have always been committed to creating an anti-racist environment in the writing center and will become even more active in the university community in these pursuits. We also stand by the resolution of the Gender Institute for Teaching and Advocacy and the Africana and Chicana/o Studies Departments as they strive to make MSU Denver more equitable.

We recognize that the police have murdered countless brown and Black people, including George Floyd, Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and Atatiana Jefferson. We mourn the countless other Black, Brown and Indigenous victims, the numbers of which are growing every day. We acknowledge that systemic racism and police brutality are the causes of these deaths. In order to address these tragedies and enact justice, we support efforts by the Black community to dismantle white supremacy, and to end police violence. We support an overhaul of the current racist systems in our society, including our government and criminal justice system, and believe that such change cannot come soon enough.

We recognize the role racism plays in shaping educational systems, including here at MSU Denver. Because we focus on writing, we are deeply aware of the role language plays in shaping thought and power structures. Language and our attitudes toward spoken and written language are both vehicles for and symptoms of systemic and implicit racism. As writing professionals, we are called to value the language of Black, Brown, and Indigenous groups and dismantle the white supremacy embedded in social, academic, and professional communities.  

In our commitment to anti-racist practices we will take concrete, actionable steps to challenge and dismantle practices that value white voices and uphold white supremacy over Black, Brown, and Indigenous voices in our community. (check back later for a list of tangible actions)

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Fall 2020 Schedule

The MSU Denver Writing Center will be operating remotely for the Fall 2020 Semester. We have a few different options:

Online Consulting: M-F 8 am to 10 pm, Sat & Sun 9 am to 10 pm

Phone-In Consulting: M-F 8 am to 9 pm

Doc Drop: Various Hours (See info below)

RIDES: Various Hours (See info below)

RIDES Open House

The MSU Denver Writing Center is holding a RIDES Open House for students to drop in when convenient for them. We will be around to answer questions, provide information on the RIDES Program and the Writing Center in general. Students can even schedule an initial consultation if they want. We will also have virtual tours of how an online appointment looks and is structured/formatted. We have several drop-in scheduled over the next couple of weeks. Please click here for the schedule. If you have any questions, please email Rachel Hawley at rhawley3@msudenver.edu.RIDES Open House

RIDES Program

RIDES (Roadrunners Interested in Developing English Skills) is a program to help culturally and linguistically diverse students at MSU Denver with practical writing skills not covered by a traditional writing center consultation. RIDES sessions will help students with the lower order concerns (article use, punctuation, grammar, etc.) unique to their situation.

The RIDES program will pair each student with a writing center consultant trained specifically for this program. The pair will work together for the entire semester, with a commitment of a 30-minute session every week. Together, the student and consultant will identify areas of improvement, and work together to develop English language skills by working on specific assignments for class, as well as tutorials and customized exercises.

Beyond the 30-minute sessions, RIDES students will also have access to specialized tools and unique opportunities. We will also offer the option to try to work with your instructors, if desired, to identify areas for development and receive feedback on improvement.

Students who complete the program will be able to take part in a party at the end of the semester and will be eligible for prizes and awards.

Interested? You can find out more by calling us at (303) 615-1888, emailing us at RIDESWC@gmail.com or dropping in to our WC Drop In Hours.

 

Introducing Doc Drop Consulting

The Writing Center is happy to announce that we now have asynchronous writing consultations in the form of Doc Drop Consulting.

Document Drop Consulting means students can submit their work which will then be returned to them with some feedback from one of our consultants. Students can upload a draft and a consultant will respond in writing within three to four business days.

Please note that consultants will spend up to one hour reading and responding to the work if it’s shorter than 10 pages. If it’s longer than 10 pages, we ask students to please indicate which sections the consultant should focus on.

As with other types of sessions we offer, our consultants will prioritize giving feedback on higher-order concerns (for example, ideas, organization, and thesis statements) rather than sentence-level or grammatical concerns. Consultants might offer feedback regarding patterns of grammatical errors, however, if they impede understanding or hurt the writer’s credibility.

To submit your paper, simply go to the Writing Center Schedule and select Doc Drop from the drop down menu.

  

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