At the Baltimore City College Writing Center, our primary goal is to provide students with the support necessary to become effective writers. The writing center is a comfortable, non-judgemental, and welcoming environment where students such as ourselves, are passionate about helping others. As fellow City Collegians, we understand that writing is an essential tool for success on assignments -- including but not limited to lab reports, mathematical explorations, pastiches, IOP’s and projects. Our tutors will meet you at any stage of the writing process and help strengthen your writing skills through client-driven sessions. As tutors, we are here to support you so remember: express, don’t stress! We’re always here to help!
My name is Lena Tashjian and I am the proud founder and director of the Baltimore City College Writing Center. I started the writing center in 2014 with the aim of creating an academic support system for our students. Today, we continue to support our students’ academic growth while also working to bridge the achievement gap by creating access and equity for one and all.
Our writing center is staffed by peer tutors who have undergone a rigorous application, interview, and training process.They are upperclassmen who embody true leadership skills and who are motivated by a desire to support their peers. Not only are they dedicated to the success of their clients, but they are also dedicated to the success of every student in Baltimore City. They demonstrate that dedication by volunteering at a local elementary school and at the public library.
Our writing center has been such a success that we are now working towards growing writing centers across the city. To that end, we hosted our first citywide conference in 2018. We invited teachers, administrators and students from all over the school district to visit with us and learn about our program. We hope to continue this work in the coming years with the goal of opening a writing center in every Baltimore City public school. Ultimately, our aim is to give all Baltimore City students the opportunity to succeed at the highest levels while preparing them not only for college but for the professional world beyond.
If you have any questions about our work or if you’re interested in starting your own writing center, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com. In the interim, I invite you to take a look at our work as captured in the video links to your right.