A 4th Annual UVU Conference

About the Conference

The Conference

Mission Statement

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. Each presenter also receives invaluable, confidence–building experience by sharing their work in a formal, academic setting.

Diane Raptosh

Keynote Speaker

A graduate of the University of Michigan MFA Program, Diane Raptosh serves as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016) and the Boise Poet Laureate (2013). Her most recent book of poems, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. The recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies.

Torben Bernhard

Documentary Filmmaker

Torben Bernhard is an American documentary filmmaker and rap artist. Bernhard has written and directed documentary films and has additionally worked as a producer and cinematographer. Bernhard’s films include the feature-length documentary on polyartist Alex Caldiero entitled The Sonosopher: Alex Caldiero in Life...in Sound, which was an official selection at the 2010 Cinequest Film Festival. He is also the director behind Transmormon, a short documentary featuring Eri Hayward. Hayward, a Mormon, originally identified as a gay man before realizing she was, as she puts it, ""a woman trapped in a man's body."

Utah Valley University

The Campus

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.


Deadline for Proposals: October 26th

The fourth annual UVU Conference on Writing for Social Change will showcase the power of writing to change the world. We encourage students, faculty, and community members to take advantage of this opportunity to share their ideas with live audiences.

Social Change is a call for transformation related to the way people think and act. What societal problems do you see that need to be changed? If you are passionate about finding and sharing answers, this conference gives you the opportunity to raise awareness.


  • student life
  • writing as healing
  • labor exploitation
  • energy development
  • environmental sustainability
  • human rights (religious, gender, sexual, economic)

We invite a wide variety of submissions—academic research papers, essays, editorials, speeches, multi-media presentations, panel presentations, and creative works.

You can submit using the form below. Make sure to fill in all required fields and use the Upload Abstract field to include your 300-500 word abstract.


The conference is currently taking submissions. Look for the full program sometime in October.

night time view of Utah Valley


Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, just off I-15 and approximately 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City.

From I-15 North or South bound, follow these directions:

  • Take University Parkway (Exit 272) and head east
  • Turn left into campus at the first light on University Parkway (Sandhill Rd.)
  • Turn right at the roundabout onto College Drive.
  • Signs are posted directing you to the visitor parking lots.

Download a campus map here

Main Campus
Utah Valley University
800 W University Parkway
Orem, UT 84058
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Please tweet the conference with the hashtag: #uvusocialchange