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Marian University Writing Center

The Marian University Writing Center is an active hub within the College of Arts and Sciences and serves the Marian University campus and greater Indianapolis community through in-person and online individual consultations, workshops, events, and collaborative

  • 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. wc_watkins
  • 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.

Mission Statement

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. Grounded within the Franciscan Values, the Marian University Writing Center provides a framework for intellectual growth, critical inquiry, and social imagination through the use of rhetorical investigation and collaborative learning practices.


Anti-Racism Statement

In its “Position Statement on Racism, Anti-Immigration, and Linguistic Intolerance,” the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA) states its direct and unwavering opposition to “the rising tide of implicit and explicit racism” recognized by the organization’s members.

“Within our writing centers and our classrooms, we are made aware daily of the toll exacted by institutional racism on students and staff of color,” the statement continues. It demonstrates the widely dispersed and highly personal impact of this problem. Staff and faculty who work with language—but far more the people marginalized by our social and linguistic system—grapple daily with the fallout of this systemic intolerance and how to contest it.

  • The Marian University Writing Center stands firmly with the IWCA and its position on anti-racism in public engagement, policy, pedagogy and practice, as well as Marian University’s statement on “radical hospitality.” We believe that the Franciscan values of peace and justice, responsible stewardship, dignity of the individual, and reconciliation require this of us, at a minimum, both for writing center employees and the community with whom we work.
  • The Writing Center will continue its mission to open its doors to all who visit, free of charge or judgement. We will actively contest the many implicit and explicit manifestations of racism within our culture, political system, language, grammar, and more.

Current Student Leadership Board

Olivia Thomas

Olivia is originally from Goshen, Indiana about three hours north of Indianapolis. At Marian, she is studying Business Management with minors in Spanish, German, and Accounting. On-campus, she is involved in the Spanish and German Honor Societies, the Study Abroad Office, and the String Ensemble. Some of her hobbies include learning languages, playing cello, and painting. Fun fact: she studied in Salzburg, Austria for an entire semester! 


Bailee Laux

Bailee is a second-year tutor, third-year employee in the Writing Center and is a junior here at Marian. She came down from Michigan City, Indiana to study Secondary Education and English and chose to minor in German and Theater. Most of her time on campus is dedicated to Marian’s theater productions as well as her other job in the Mother Theresa Hackelmeier Library as a student assistant. Bailee’s interests jump between many activities including but not limited to painting, rollerblading, hiking, reading, soccer, kumihimo, and anything else that piques her interest. 

Grace Von Lehman

Grace is a senior and third-year Writing Tutor from beautiful Covington, Kentucky. She is majoring in English and Communication with minors in Writing and Pastoral Leadership. On campus, she is also a member of the Speech & Debate Team, the Marian ASL Club, and the San Damiano Scholars Program. Grace is passionate about her work with the MU Writing Center, creative writing, and living sustainably while advocating for the environment! 


Isabel Hofmann

Isabel is a Tutor Coordinator from the west side of Cincinnati, Ohio! She studies English and Spanish with a minor in Pastoral Leadership. At Marian, she is involved with the San Damiano Scholars, the Knights for Life, and the Spanish Honor Society. In her time outside of school and working, she enjoys hiking and hammocking as well as making art, as she has grown up in a pretty artistic family. She also loves listening to and talking about music-- and especially creating playlists! 


Valerie Fernandez

Valerie is a junior and second-year bilingual peer tutor. Having lived in Indy her entire life, she loves getting to connect with community members. As a double-major in Sociology and Social Work with minors in French Studies and Writing, she values opportunities for personal growth and learning. She recently became involved with Marian’s theater department and is interning with the Indiana Prison Writer’s Workshop. At home, Valerie spends her free time bonding with loved ones. When alone, she indulges in reading, journaling, and listening to music. She’s excited to study abroad in France this summer and hopes to become solidly trilingual. 


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