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Speaking, Arguing, and Writing Program
The Speaking, Arguing, and Writing (SAW) Program's mission is to empower leaders who think critically and creatively and who write and speak persuasively.
Critical, creative, and persuasive leaders possess diverse backgrounds, views, and voices. SAW affirms the value of and place for all people and all languages in the college.
The SAW Program is guided by an advisory committee. At the classroom level, SAW mentors work under the guidance of and in collaboration with a professor to support student writing and speaking.
Located on the main level of Dwight in the Mediated Educational Work Space (MEWS), the SAW Center is a place where students work together with skilled peer mentors to speak confidently, argue persuasively, and write with clarity.
SAW employs 40-50 MHC students who are trained to work with their peers on speaking, arguing, and writing development.
In addition to SAW mentors, the program also holds writing and public speaking workshops, discussion and writing groups.
The SAW Program provides support for Mount Holyoke faculty across campus in their work with student speaking and writing, including classroom visits and a course mentoring program.
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