The Marian University Writing Center is an active hub within Writing Futures at Marian University and serves the Marian University campus and greater Indianapolis community through in-person and online individual consultations, workshops, events, and collaborative instruction.
- The center’s commitment to social justice and human dignity informs our practices, and the center maintains a vibrant public presence across Indianapolis through service engagement and community-integrated tutorials. All people, regardless of university affiliation, are encouraged to utilize the center’s literacy and writing support services.
- We utilize a philosophy of asset-based thinking and view writing and literacy as actions of doing, ways of constructing and exploring personal and social identities, and means of making knowledge. We believe literacy practices—the underlying meaning-making mechanism of individual and social expression—are a universal right. We understand meaningful language practices to be found within a wide variety of codes, dialogues, and modes of expression.
- Tutorials and support services are based on sound teaching and learning principles, like dialogic inquiry and situated collaborative learning, discourse theory, funds of knowledge, socio-psycholinguist theories of acquisition, and critical pedagogies. The center's primary purpose is to provide a framework for intellectual growth and critical inquiry by using literacy practices as a means of cultivating agency, advocacy, and ownership.
- We support and encourage the scholarship and personal growth of our student peer tutors and instructional staff. Peer tutors and instructors present their work at peer-reviewed conferences and are active participants in national conversations about writing center theory, peer tutoring, and engaged and experiential learning. Staff are also encouraged to become actively involved in community-based and collaborative learning.
- The Marian University Writing Center operates under a shared governance model. A Student Leadership Board composed of upper-level undergraduate students is central to many administrative actions and decisions, like hiring peer tutors, campus-community outreach, culture-building, record keeping, and training.
The Marian University Writing Center supports writers and advocates for the personal and social literacy practices of writing.
We view writing as a way of knowing, a way of thinking, and a way of doing. The Writing Center is a physical and rhetorical space constructed through critical collaborative learning, an inquiry process that recognizes diverse literacies, unique funds of knowledge, and different ways of understanding the world as assets for learning. We seek to encourage appreciation of this diversity and believe each writer’s unique perspective is an asset essential to understanding the range and implications of literate and rhetorical choices. We utilize this asset orientation to support the development of writers through a mutually enriching relationship of writer, tutor and community.
Informed by social justice and rigorous scholarship, the Marian University Writing Center believes that meaningful acts of literacy are a way for the individual, the campus and the community to identify and shape personal and public roles. We work to apply this belief when assisting writers to achieve their personal, academic, and public purposes of writing.