Amidst current political acrimony in the US and across the globe, the International Writing Centers Association reaffirms its long commitment to civil discourse, inclusive language, and collaborative practice. Writing centers “are inherently multicultural and multilingual sites that welcome and accommodate diversity. Writing centers inclusively serve all students, including members of underrepresented groups such as people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people, and people with a range of abilities, economic needs, and linguistic expression.… The International Writing Centers Association values diversity among its membership and seeks to serve a diverse membership responsibly and well” (“IWCA Diversity Initiative,” approved November 20, 2006). As such, the writing center community continues to uphold the ideals of democratic education and social justice.

Shareen Grogan
President, International Writing Centers Association