Our staff for 2020-2021 is made up of peer undergraduate tutors. You can find out more about each staff member when you look at our tutoring schedule. You can find out about their hobbies and interests, what brings them to tutoring, and what they like about working with people.
The people who organize the Writing Center are here to answer your questions, support tutors, hire new tutors, and just generally support you in your Evergreen journey!
Faculty Director, Sandra Yannone
Sandra (Sandy) connects directly with faculty, provides guidance for our work, and teaches Cultivating Voice: A Writing Tutor's Craft every spring.
Assistant Director, Ariel Birks
Ariel is the day-to-day operations person for the Olympia Campus.
Assistant Coordinator, Leah Wilkins
Leah is the day-to-day operations person for the Tacoma Campus.
Our mission is to support Evergreen writers of diverse abilities and identities by cultivating confidence, skills, self-awareness, and agency at every stage of the writing process through peer-to-peer collaboration.
We envision a Writing Center…
...where all students feel they can lay claim to the identity of “writer”
...where all students leave each session with increasing confidence in their next steps
...with a reputation for providing valuable support services for the Evergreen community
...that is accountable for its failings and is working towards growth and improvement
...that serves the authentic needs of students and provides them with useful resources
...that engages the dynamic tension between equitable student access to the languages of power and recognizes the validity of writing in “Multiple Englishes”
...where the staff is representative of the community we serve
...that collaborates with other on-campus support services to serve students
...where all students across diverse abilities and identities feel comfortable and empowered to use the Writing Center
...that holds the institution accountable to continually engage in the pursuit of equity as it relates to student writing
The Writing Center pursues its mission in relationship to many levels of stakeholders, including the diverse students of Evergreen, the Administration of the College, the Faculty, the greater community of Writing Centers in higher education, and the greater community of writers at large. We hope through this collection of letters to reveal our history of thought and include ourselves in the ongoing dialogues about how to best serve our multilayered communities.
- "Two Current Tutors Address Writing Support at Evergreen (2015)" [.docx]
- "Writing Center Staff Statement in Solidarity with Student Demands (2017)" [.docx]
- "Writing Center Administrative Staff Responds with Concrete Actions in Response to Student Demands (2018)" [.docx]