Welcome to the Center for Global Communication+Design! (Formerly the Center for Communication Practices)

Register for Upcoming Workshops!

(All free and open to all students, faculty, and staff members!)

June 27 from 12:00-1:30 — Grad School Application Essay Workshop with Sarah Kennedy and Lorelei Wagner
Getting ready to apply for graduate school? Get advice from people who have been through the application process themselves in addition to being experts on how to write personal statements. In this workshop, you will learn some guidelines for appropriate content and style in graduate application essays. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and schedule future appointments in the Comm+D with teaching assistants to revise and polish your statement.
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July 11 from 12:00-1:30 — Grad School Application Essay Workshop with Sarah Kennedy and Lorelei Wagner
Second date.
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August 1 from 11:00-12:30 — Improving Your Public Speaking Skills with Brea Barthel
Oral presentations are common at Rensselaer, but often courses do not teach how to plan and deliver a presentation. Learn ways to manage your nerves and explain your ideas orally. Especially recommended for people who have difficulty organizing information, or who panic at the idea of speaking to a group.
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 What We Do

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Center for Global Communication+Design (Comm+D). We have a new name, and this year we are expanding our areas of teaching, research, and service beyond writing and oral communication to include illustrations, video and animation storyboards, interface/website design, and data visualization. Beginning Summer 2018, the Center will begin to operate year-round in support of The Arch.

The Center for Global Communication+Design at Rensselaer is a FREE resource for all members of the RPI community: students, faculty, and staff. Our experienced undergraduate mentors and graduate teaching assistants will work with you, one-on-one, to discuss:

  • ANY type of communication project—written texts, oral presentations, websites, visual elements (tables, photographs, films….), interface design, video and animation storyboards, data visualization
  • For ANY purpose—class work, research publications, personal projects etc.–from  ANY discipline
  • At ANY stage of the process—from brainstorming and getting started, to polishing your final product!

Our goal is to provide all students with strategies that will help them become better communicators, in the classroom and beyond.

What You Do

  • Schedule a conference for 30 or 60 minutes: To make an appointment, please use our online scheduler by clicking on the “Make an Appointment” button. Walk-ins are also welcome, but openings are limited. REQUIRED: Click on the “LIMIT TO” menu, top center of the schedule page. Choose your project type. If you do not choose a project type, we may have to reschedule your appointment!
  • Bring your work from any discipline or personal projects of any type—essays, posters, lab reports, graduate personal statements, doctoral dissertations, presentation slides and more. Whether the work is nearly completed or still in the planning stage, we will work with you to take the project to the next step.
  • Be prepared for the session. This gives you more time to focus on improving your work and makes the session more valuable for you.
  • Remain responsible for your own work. Mentors and TAs do not “fix” or edit any writing, but we are happy to point out error patterns and offer you strategies to improve your writing yourself!

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Visit Us

The Comm+D is located on the lower level of the Folsom Library, next door to the ALAC tutoring space.

Folsom Library--Lower Level
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Troy, NY 12180

Hours of Operation

Summer Hours
Mon.-Thurs.: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Friday: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Please view our scheduling system for the most accurate hours—we are usually around more often than this and also host special events!

The Center will be closed July 2-6 for summer break.

Schedule an Appointment

1. Click on the "LIMIT TO" drop-down menu at the top of the schedule. Choose the kind of appointment you need. GRADUATE STUDENTS, be sure to choose a “GRADUATE” appointment

2. Click on the open appointment you want (a WHITE space), which will bring you to a short form.

3. CAN’T FIND AN APPOINTMENT? Next to each weekday name, there is a small white CLOCK SYMBOL. Click on the clock to enter your name on the WAITING LIST for that day.

4. Set the TIME for the appointment: choose 30 minutes or make two back-to-back appointments for 1 hour. Make 1-hour appointments for Online or E-Tutoring.

5. Tell us about what you’re working on by filling out the form that opens in the scheduler and submit it. You’ll get a reminder email to confirm your appointment.