Writing and Communication Center

Mission Statement

The Writing and Communication Center (WaCC) supports the University of Washington Bothell's campus-wide culture of writing and communication by providing:

  • Direct assistance to UW Bothell students, through individual conferences, group workshops, and online support.
  • Support to faculty through individual consultation, curriculum development and collaborative teaching.
  • Contributions to the scholarship on writing and communication pedagogy through programmatic research and collaboration with other educational institutions.

Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

As a resource for the growing and diverse student population of the University of Washington Bothell, the Writing and Communication Center shares the UW Bothell’s values of inclusion and diversity as core components of our mission to support students and educators within the UW Bothell community. To quote from UW Bothell’s commitment to inclusion and diversity,

Our work begins with the acceptance and celebration of the differences that are represented through the many diverse and minoritized communities on our campus and in the surrounding community. We recognize that we are bound together in a collective experience and that our actions impact all in our community. When we focus on the lives of the most marginalized groups among us, we also create conditions of equity, justice and academic excellence for everyone.

In recent days, our community has seen a rise in the frequency and vehemence of anti-inclusion, anti-diversity sentiment, often in the form of hate speech and graffiti directed against marginalized groups. The WaCC is fully opposed to such sentiments, and we wish to make our stance unambiguously clear.

  • We stand with students, faculty, and staff whose backgrounds and identities are marginalized, and we commit to making our space a welcoming, inclusive, and supportive environment for students, especially those whose identities are marginalized.
  • We strive to create and support a safe educational community free from white supremacist ideology, racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism.
  • While we recognize the importance of standard edited English as a powerful communication tool which enables students to reach their academic and professional goals, we also acknowledge the racist and colonial ideologies at the root of the belief that there is only one “right” way to write.
  • We acknowledge that language is intrinsically linked to identity. We strive to help students frame and lay claim to their multiple languages and identity positions, and to help our campus and our broader communities understand the marginalization of language as the marginalization of culture.

We welcome respectful dialogue with anyone in the UW Bothell community who wishes to engage with us on these topics.