University Writing

University Writing Committee

The University Writing Committee (UWC), a standing committee of the Academic Senate, seeks to build and maintain a robust culture of writing at CSUDH that supports and advances the mission, vision, and goals of the University while it positively impacts students, faculty, and staff. The UWC provides vision, leadership, and expertise aimed at building a culture of writing within the University, and serves as a recommending body to the Academic Senate on matters related to university-wide writing policies and practices. In addition, the UWC offers consultation and recommendations to University entities tasked with the oversight, development, and review of: student writing requirements and standards; student learning outcomes assessment; and program assessment related to student writing.


Siskanna Naynaha
(310) 243-3359


  • Siskanna Naynaha: Writing Across the Curriculum Coordinator, Committee Chair 
  • Maruth Figueroa: Director of the Toro Learning Center
  • Anne Garrett: Coordinator of the Writing Adjunct program in IDS; Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement Coordinator
  • Patricia Kalayjian: Chair, or designee, of the General Education Committee
  • Megumi Kuwabara: Health, Human Services and Nursing
  • Katy Pinto: Chair of the Graduate Council, elected by the faculty of the Council
  • Kimberly Costino: Dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Jenn Sumner: Business Administration and Public Policy
  • Kathryn Theiss: Natural and Behavioral Sciences
  • Nancy Hernandez: Undergraduate Representative
  • Sarah Wheeler: Graduate Representative
  • Vanessa Wenzel: One faculty member, with ESL competency, elected by the Senate
  • Nancy Hernandez: Undergraduate Representative
  • Sarah Wheeler: Graduate Representative


University Writing Committee Minutes: