About the Conference

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UVU's annual Conference on Writing for Social Change challenges students and community members to effect positive change in the world through the power of writing. Our mission is to empower students and community members with the writing skills and experience they need to effect positive social change in the world. The conference provides students and other presenters with an audience for their research, writing, and other social change project presentations. While audience members benefit from receiving a wealth of information on social change issues and strategies, each presenter also receives invaluable, confidence–building experience by sharing their work in a formal, academic setting.

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Keynote Speaker

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Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin, a board member of the Third Coast Activist Resource Center, and a co-founder of the progressive community center 5604 Manor in Austin. Jensen joined the UT faculty in 1992 after completing his Ph.D. in media ethics and law in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota. Prior to his academic career, he worked as a professional journalist for a decade. At UT, Jensen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in media law, ethics, and politics.

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Utah Valley University

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Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah and is home to more than 30,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community school, state college and, finally a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah's largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high–demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education. The conference is co–sponsored by UVU's English Department, Department of Basic Composition, Peace & Justice Studies Program, and the Orem Public Library Community Writing Center

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