2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Student Presentation

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Kendall House


Diversity is one of the buzzwords of the early 21st century. However, its true meaning and implications for writing center work are not thoroughly understood by consultants, writers, or administrators. This study aims to explore the effects of consultants' personal understandings and experiences with diversity and turn these into actionable strategies to improve the inclusivity felt by both writers and consultants in writing centers. Short interviews and examinations of asynchronous appointments were conducted to identify the attitudes and practices commonly found in some consultations. Through this research, it is clear that diversity is a process that can take many different forms and have distinct applications. To become more inclusive and accessible, writing centers must continually encourage reflection throughout all stages of the consulting process for consultants and writers alike. In doing so, writing centers can evolve to best support a variety of populations throughout different experiences and processes.



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