IWCA’s national conference this year felt different. The numerous presentations offered on topics around diversity, equity, and inclusion that engaged with the conference’s theme of the Citizen Center contributed to this shift, of course. The other reason I felt a shift, however, centered around how OWCs and OWT were discussed and incorporated into the conference.
Walden University is a fully online, for-profit, public benefit (B-Corp) university with broad-access enrollment. Currently, the university’s 52,000 adult learners are from all 50 U.S. states and more than 150 countries. Walden’s Writing Center is also fully online and is situated within the University’s Center of Academic Success alongside the Library and Academic Skills Center. Students are supported via asynchronous paper reviews, short answers via live chat hours, tutorials via the website and blog, instruction via live and recorded webinars, and presentations at in-person residencies for doctoral students.