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Our Mission

Mission of the UIC Writing Center

We help students learn more about academic writing while we engage them as valued members of the academic community. Academic writing is a learnable skill when tutoring methods are tailored to each individual and both tutor and student are given opportunities to be facilitators of a tutoring conversation.

The Writing Center invests in tutoring that is conducted by peers. Without judgment, tutors show students how to take a next step in their writing. Tutors focus on strengths as well as potential areas for improvement.  Tutors take interest in the content of writing and create opportunities for fellow students to make choices about the tutoring session and changes in their writing. Writing is learned best in an environment of trust and respect, where helpful feedback is as important as fostering a sense of community. 

The Writing Center strives to create reciprocal learning spaces for individuals of all identities and linguistic backgrounds. We welcome students who represent the varieties of English used nationally and globally and strive to counter the damage done by educational practices that maintain white linguistic supremacy. 

The Writing Center inhabits spaces built on the occupied original homelands of the Council of Three Fires: The Ojibwe, Potawatomi, Odawa Nations. We work towards a relationship of support and healing with Native communities.

Integral to our mission is offering a training program for tutors that they find meaningful for their academic, professional, and personal development. Our training course is open to all students who are willing to work hard to improve with each session and respect and support all students who seek our help. 

We seek to innovate by conducting research on writing development, creating evidence-based tutoring practices, and learning from the vitality that each new cohort of UIC students brings to our understanding of literacy and its relationship to students’ goals and dreams. We improve and strengthen our support of students each year through faculty outreach and ongoing tutor training to provide robust support of the UIC community.

The Writing Center works in partnership with faculty and administration, integrating its work with UIC’s mission “to transform lives and serve society by educating, creating knowledge, and putting knowledge to work on a large scale and with excellence.”