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Celebrating 50 Years of the Center for Writing

A personal campaign sponsored by The Center for Writing


Since its opening 50 years ago, the Center for Writing has been an invaluable resource to students in the University community. In addition to celebrating this milestone anniversary, we are also honoring our longtime director, Kirsten Jamsen.

After 21 years as director, Jamsen is retiring at the end of this school year. “I can’t wait to see what the Center for Writing becomes,” she says. “We have to keep thinking about how to be as accessible and as inclusive as we can be, and then learn from the people who come through our doors.” To her, a healthy writing center is one that is “evolving and adapting” to best meet the needs of every student. 

Every U of M student writes. Whether it be a discussion post, paper, lab report, presentation slide, or dissertation, each student must write in some capacity to complete their degree. The Center for Writing recognizes the importance of this shared experience. It opens its (physical and virtual) doors to all students, providing support and building students’ confidence in their abilities through writing consultations across four modalities. 

Help us celebrate our 50th anniversary and honor Kirsten with a gift to support the next 50 years of the Center for Writing.