Because part of
Union's mission is to prepare students for service and work in a global society, the Studio's consultants have the opportunity to develop and professionalize their work by being members of the regional organization of the worldwide writing center community. In addition to their regional affliation, consutlants are also members of the International Writing Centers Association (IWCA). Attending and presenting at conferences contribute to consultants' on-going training, allowing them to better serve their peers in the Studio as well as hone their own communication skills.
As members of MWCA, consultants began attending the organization's annual conference in the fall of 2006. After this meeting, consultants Jeana Styron, Mary Christian, and Derek Timms submitted summaries of their experience, which were published in the MWCA Newsletter.