Statement of Inclusivity


Empowering all students who visit us

As James Baldwin noted, language is “a political instrument, means, and proof of power. It is the most vivid and crucial key to identity: It reveals the private identity, and connects one with, or divorces one from, the larger, public, or communal identity.”

In other words, language reflects our society for better or worse, and language is so often the representation of ourselves that can work to grant a person agency and access to greater opportunity or cut one off from it. We recognize that language is powerful and is fraught with inequality.

As such, we at the Augustana University Nancy Dickinson Writing Center commit to fostering an inclusive environment that welcomes students of all races, gender identities, religious identifications, and abilities. And no matter one’s identity, we commit to a collaborative practice that seeks to empower all students who visit us.