The principles that guide the Walden Writing Center, its employees, and their actions.
Walden University students are at the center of the Writing Center’s mission, values, and practices. All students have the right to learn in an environment where diversity and inclusion is a valued asset and integral part of the community. Moreover, we recognize and value the perspectives that traditionally marginalized groups bring to our community, and we aim to learn from each student’s historical, cultural, and lived experiences. We are committed to treating all students, staff, and faculty in our community with empathy and respect. Ultimately, we work to foster students’ writing skills for the purpose of scholarly, civic, and global engagement.
One of our goals as writing center professionals and members of a university community dedicated to social change is to encourage students to realize their power to affect social change through research and practice. We recognize that our students’ knowledge of global languages and plural Englishes is vital to their critical awareness. Through consideration of rhetorical situation, we support their pursuit of social change through their scholarship. We are united in a common understanding at Walden that “intellectual inquiry is enhanced when multiple perspectives are integrated” (Walden University, 2016, p. 14). We, therefore, aim to promote a culture where students can pursue social change through inclusive scholarship that is informed by thoughtful reflection, civil discourse, and social justice.
We acknowledge that this statement is only as meaningful as our actions. As such, we see this statement as a guiding principle from which to grow. Diversity and inclusion must be an ongoing commitment that we reinvest in and sustain over time through intentional, reflective learning and cultural humility. The following are some of our current diversity and inclusion-related initiatives:
We will assess our progress and hold ourselves accountable to this Diversity and Inclusion Statement through these Center-wide objectives, as listed above, and in partnership with the Writing Center’s Social Change Working Group and the Center for Academic Excellence’s designated Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors.
Walden University Diversity and Inclusion Working Group. (2016). Diversity and inclusion position paper. Unpublished manuscript.