The Center for Writing and Public Discourse (CWPD) at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) supports the school’s mission to “educate its students for thoughtful and productive lives and responsible leadership” by fostering excellence in written and oral communication. Through one-on-one peer tutoring, extensive programming, and multilingual writing support, the CWPD empowers students in all disciplines to make confident and informed decisions as they participate within a variety of discourse communities.
We believe that developing excellent written and oral communication skills is an essential component of a liberal arts education.
We believe in encouraging students to explore and articulate developing ideas across a range of disciplines and within a variety of rhetorical contexts.
We believe in cultivating a culture of writing and speaking that promotes inclusion and collaboration.
We believe that writing and speaking skills emerge through extensive reading, thoughtful analysis, and continuous revision.
We believe that students come to campus with a wide range of language and writing backgrounds, and we encourage students to draw upon their knowledge as they improve their written and oral communication skills at CMC.
Our Mission and Values in Action
Students work with CWPD consultants to: