Writing—defined broadly to include oral, visual, digital, and inscriptional modes of communication—is essential to all academic and civic endeavors. Writing enables the scholarly exchange of ideas; it facilitates civic and professional participation; it inspires creativity and innovation; and it transforms students into leaders, activists, inventors, artists, teachers, and citizens of the world.
The mission of Case Western Reserve University’s Writing Program is to ensure that all students develop sophisticated communicative strategies through understanding their own writing processes, assessing the contexts and audiences for their ideas, and articulating their messages clearly, passionately, and persuasively.
The Writing Program is committed to creating inclusive classrooms in which students and faculty are challenged to encounter differences (of background, of experience, of perspective, and/or of intellectual commitments), to listen rhetorically, and to respond creatively, compassionately, and thoroughly. In our classrooms, we create “brave” spaces where people are respected and complex topics and concepts are addressed through critical thinking, ethical deliberation, and deep reflection.
Commitment to Anti-Racist Pedagogy
As writing teachers and scholars, we commit ourselves to anti-racist pedagogies; we commit to teaching critical thinking, ethical deliberation, and just argumentation in our courses; and we commit to reflecting on and using our positionalities and structural resources for promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Writing Program Resources for anti-racist pedagogy are available on the CWRU Writing Program Canvas Site. Suggestions for additions to this page or our pedagogical resources should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CWRU Land Acknowledgement
In recognizing the land upon which we reside, we express our gratitude and appreciation to those who lived and worked here before us—those whose stewardship and resilient spirit makes our residence possible on this traditional homeland of the Lenape (Delaware), Shawnee, Wyandot Miami, Ottawa, Potawatomi, and other Great Lakes tribes (Chippewa, Kickapoo, Wea, Piankishaw, and Kaskaskia). We also acknowledge the thousands of Native Americans who now call Northeast Ohio home.
Case Western Reserve University and the greater Cleveland area occupy land officially ceded by 1100 chiefs and warriors who signed the Treaty of Greenville in 1795. Please visit the CWRU Social Justice website or the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture website to learn more.