Each year the Augsburg English Department chooses a different common text for Effective Writing that illuminates issues of diversity. Professors, staff, and students across the campus are encouraged to participate in reading and discussing the year’s text, both in formal and informal settings.
Effective reading brings us into contact with other minds and diverse voices; effective writing allows us to engage other minds in active conversation. While Augsburg University courses in Effective Writing do not teach “diversity,” they are intended to teach skills and methods that promote successful communication among diverse writers and readers. Because the skills of close reading and clear writing are some of the most effective tools students can use to understand personal and cultural diversity, these writing courses emphasize ways written communication can promote understanding and productive engagement among different cultures and points of view.