Here to make students more effective writers and speakers

“The Writing and Speaking Initiative plays a central role in all educational experiences at our University. The ability to communicate effectively makes all of our graduates an indispensable part of our nation’s future success.” – President Brian Sandoval

"The goal of the Writing and Speaking Initiative is to ensure that the ability to write and speak effectively is a hallmark of every University of Nevada Reno, graduate.” - Marc Johnson, Former University President

The Writing and Speaking Initiative provides opportunities for students to improve their writing and speaking abilities throughout their undergraduate programs in every major. The initiative responds to evidence that strong writing and speaking skills are vital to a student’s academic success as well as their career prospects. National surveys repeatedly indicate that employers rank the ability to communicate effectively among the top skills they seek in a new employee ("Why Mastering Writing Skills Can Help Future Proof Your Career").

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Direct Student Engagement

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Applied Communication Research and Assessment

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Program Development Support

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Present and Future Faculty