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The Oral Communication Center

Founded in 2012, the Oral Communication Center's (OCC) mission is to offer the University of Maryland community high-quality consulting and training in the art of oral communication, and to conduct research that continually advances best practices in the field. We strive to help our clients become excellent speakers and listeners from planning to practice. 

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About Us: 

The OCC is the premier resource for coaching and instruction on the University of Maryland campus. Housed in the Department of Communication, the OCC offers support for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and staff who seek to improve their communication skills for success in academic, professional, civic, and social contexts. 

Clients who book appointments with our trained peer consultants benefit from our peer-to-peer tutoring model. Our consultants are expert public speakers with a passion for empowering others as communicators. We are here to help you express yourself cogently and confidently!

Our Services:

Peer consulting for presentations, speeches, and other modes of oral communication

Speech planning and practice assistance

Interactive workshops on a variety of relevant communication skills

Special events and workshop series

Contact Us:

The OCC is located in the Skinner Building, Room 2117.



May 2023 OCC Newsletter

Affiliate Faculty

Lindsey Anderson

Associate Professor & Co-Director of the Oral Communication Program & Co-Director of Graduate Studies (Recruitment/Admissions), Communication

2108 Skinner Building
College Park MD, 20742

(301) 405-8979

Melissa Lucas

Associate Clinical Professor & Co-Director of the Oral Communication Program, Communication

2130 Skinner Building
College Park MD, 20742

Raphael Mazzone

Associate Clinical Professor, Communication
Director, Oral Communication Center, Communication

2130 Skinner Building
College Park MD, 20742