The SAU Writing Center is a full-time, on campus, student-centered facility designed to encourage peer interaction, to establish writing as a multi-disciplinary goal, and to support the idea that writing enhances learning. It offers students from all backgrounds and disciplines the opportunity to confer at any stage of the writing process with trained writing consultants. Writers are guaranteed not only an establishment that respects their opinions, needs, and abilities but also consultants who are trained to be compassionate, interested, active readers of a variety of papers. Writing consultants are not required to be experts in any single subject but rather serve as generalists who can read, write, and comment on a variety of topics and ideas. Although the Writing Center works in conjunction with faculty across campus, the center derives the majority of its clientele from a voluntary student body of writers who—whether at the encouragement of faculty or on the basis of self-motivation—seek out the writing center as a means of improving their writing.