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What is the RIDES Program?

RIDES (Roadrunners Interested in Developing English Skills) is a program to help MSU Denver students and our surrounding community develop their English Language skills. While traditional Writing Center consultations focus on one piece of writing and look at things like thesis, organization, supporting points, etc. RIDES sessions help students learn lower order concerns, like article use, punctuation, grammar, etc. to help with writing and proofreading future writing. 

The RIDES Program pairs students with a Writing Center consultant, trained specifically for this program. The pair will work together for at least 1 to 2, 30-minute sessions each week. Together, they’ll identify areas of improvement and work to develop English language skills by working on specific assignments for class, tutorials, and customized exercises. 

We also provide RIDES students with specialized tools and unique opportunities. If desired, students can also work with their instructors to identify areas for development and receive feedback on improvement. 

Students who complete the program will be eligible for prizes, awards, and are invited to attend the RIDES party at the end of the semester.

Interested? You can find out more by calling us at (303) 615-1888, emailing us at [email protected], or dropping into any of our Writing Center locations.

Fall 2022 Hours

Enrollment for new students is closed for Fall 2022.

Appointments for current students are available either online or in-person during the following hours:

Monday:        4 pm to 6 pm
Tuesday:         4 pm to 6 pm
Thursday:       1 pm to 2 pm
Friday:          10 am to 5 pm

Who has participated in the RIDES Program in the past?

In the past we’ve supported culturally and linguistically diverse students, students who spoke English as a first language but felt they were missing writing skills, and ALS students. The RIDES Program is for anyone who wants to improve their writing skills when it comes to grammar, punctuation, and article use. 

There's No Such Thing as "Wrong" English

Have you ever been told that your English was wrong, incorrect, or “not proper”? At the Writing Center, we know that there is no “right” English and that policing the way people talk and write is racist. The RIDES Program was designed to support culturally and linguistically diverse students to become the writers they want to be

We work with you to boost your confidence when it comes to writing and communicating your ideas. We’ll teach you how to advocate on behalf of your writing. We’re here to support you in understanding what your professors are asking for. We know that with the right tools and support, you’re capable of so much. Let’s work together. 



What to Expect in Your First RIDES Appointment

Support from Your Consultant. English is a difficult language to learn. It’s fantastic that you took an extra step to develop your skills. We hope you’re proud of yourself for taking this big step. 

A Conversation Around Your Goals. You and your consultant will spend time during your first appointment discussing how you want to grow as a writer. What do you struggle with? How do you learn best? These are important things to know about you so we can support you. If you’d like, bring an assignment from your class to show an example of your writing. Note that bringing an assignment is not required. 

An Opportunity to Practice on Your Own. Your consultant will give you something small to practice for the week. Try your best to make time to practice as it can amplify your results. 

An Opportunity to Learn Something New. People learn in different ways. We’re not here to judge or grade you. We’re here to help you become the writers that you’re meant to be. We’ll try a handful of different strategies to get you to where you want to be. You’re always welcome to tell us what you need and what is/isn’t working. Don’t give up on yourself!

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Meet the RIDES Team

Laura Kramer

Laura Kramer

RIDES Program Manager

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Janine Gastineau

Janine Gastineau

Professional RIDES Consultant

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Carolyn Hartl

Carolyn Hartl

Professional RIDES Consultant

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Scott Cremer

Scott Cremer

RIDES Consultant

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Emily Simon

RIDES Consultant

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