The Oberlin College Writing and Speaking Associates Program offers a dynamic space for students to think critically, be creative, and collaborate with their peers.

The Speaking Center will be open when classes go on-line! Follow this link to connect with a WA.

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The Speaking Center is a pilot program launched in 2016 with the goal to support students in their speaking endeavors and instill a sense of confidence in their ability to communicate. We want students to become more conscious and conscientious speakers. We seek to accomplish this through sparking a critical dialogue on campus that further develops student understanding of audience, purpose, and context, as it applies to both the academic and professional conversation.

To that end, we offer one-on-one Speaking Center sessions, where students are able to work with a trained peer speaking associate on all parts of the presentation process.

In addition, we offer a range of workshops throughout the year on speaking in both academic and professional settings, such as conference presentations or job interviews. If you are interested in this, send email to Cortney Smith,, for more details.


7–9 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Sunday


The Writing Center is in the Terrell Main Library in Mudd Center. It occupies space on the first level just off the Academic Commons next to the CIT office.


Questions? Contact:

Cortney Smith, Visiting Assistant Professor
Peri Leavitt, Writing Associate Program Fellow