The Writing Lab as Community Resource: Staff Outreach at Purdue University

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Purdue Writing Lab/Purdue OWL Graduate Student Presentations


Writing Centers, Staff Outreach, Accessibility, Community Resources


This IRB-approved survey research project aims to evaluate historically low staff usage of the Writing Lab due to some of the following reasons: language barriers, the belief that they do not need writing help, or a lack of awareness of the range of available services offered to them. The goals of this study are ultimately to make the non-student staff community of Purdue aware of the services provided at the Writing Lab and to consider inclusive activities and content to support their professional and personal writing goals. Understandably, The Writing Lab’s chief commitment is to its student population, but I envision this pilot study as a step in fostering stronger ties with the broader community at Purdue.