The HUB's Commitment to Diversity
We at The HUB Writing Center understand languages are powerful tools that express identities, cultures, and values. It is our goal to support writers across campus while fostering an environment where individuals can express their views and ideas in clear and meaningful ways and in the ways they choose to express them.
In doing so, we encourage individuals to use language as a way to build understanding and awareness, and we thus prioritize respectful communication, reason- and fact-based perspectives, and honesty. Because we view writing and communication as a way to avoid reductive thinking, we turn away from divisive communication tactics that denigrate and oppress others. We focus instead on enhancing communication strategies that rely on compassionate reflection, knowledge building, and respect for others.
We understand as well that languages are fluid, that they change over time, and that their usage changes over time. Moreover, though we understand academic settings often anticipate particular rhetorical choices, we also acknowledge that all dialectics and languages are legitimate, and we work to share this rhetorical and linguistic knowledge with our community.
We see it as our responsibility to
- Educate ourselves and others about how perspectives of languages and language usage reflect power dynamics and how those power structures can be dismantled;
- Inform others that acquiring fluency in any language or dialect is an intensive, ongoing process;
- Ensure that The HUB creates and maintains an inclusive, diverse, and respectful environment;
- Develop resources to help writers and speakers understand how language evolves.
In taking up these responsibilities, we challenge the injustices and inequitable structures embedded in our society and that impact us on every level, including within our writing and language usage. We also align The HUB Writing Center with the International Writing Centers Association commitment to diversity, the call from the Conference on College Composition and Communication to use writing and language respectfully and responsibly, the Demand for Black Linguistic Justice, and Santa Clara University’s goal to educate students in competence, conscience, and compassion.