Our Mission

Mission of the UIC Writing Center

We seek to create tutoring encounters that help students both learn more about academic writing and be engaged as valued members of the academic community.

Without judgement, 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 useful feedback is as important as fostering a sense of community. Tutors understand that we have various learning styles, practice different variations of English, and make language choices inherent to our identities. The Writing Center strives to counter the damage done by educational practices that maintain white language supremacy.

The Writing Center invests in tutoring that is conducted by peers. 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 welcome all UIC students into the Writing Center community, those who have had opportunities to learn about writing in the past and those who have not. We welcome students who represent the varieties of English used globally and are happy to help students in the process of learning more about English. Academic writing is a learnable skill when tutoring methods are tailored to each individual and both tutor and student are given opportunities to be co-creators of a tutoring conversation.

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 aim to serve an increasing number of students each year and strive to share the benefits of peer tutoring with the greatest number of students and faculty possible.

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.

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.”