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Conference Dates: November 1st & 2nd

Learn About Our Conference

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. We accomplish our mission in several ways. Primarily, 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. This experience will strengthen presenters in their roles as future community leaders.

We also organize free community writing workshops in conjunction with each year's conference which are held at the Orem Public Library Community Writing Center. The workshops teach attendees valuable writing skills related to social change, as well as skills that prepare conference participants to submit polished abstracts and successfully present their projects. Because we open them to the public, the workshops help the conference accomplish its secondary goal to involve community members beyond audience participation.

We invite you to help us fulfill our mission by submitting your own social change project to present at the conference or by simply attending any of the conference events.


This Year's Keynote Speaker: Representative Angela Romero

Representative Angela Romero

State Representative, House District 26
Salt Lake City, Glendale

Representative Angela Romero has always had a passion to serve. Growing up in Tooele, Utah, Angela was raised by her grandparents. Their dedication to raising a hard-working, well-educated woman inspired her to pursue college, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah. In 2012, she won election to represent House District 26 at the Utah Legislature. In 2016, she was elected by her colleagues to serve as the House Democratic Assistant Whip. Her upbringing, paired with her education, gives Angela a unique perspective into the needs of Utah’s growing communities.

Now just shy of two decades of public service, Representative Romero splits her time between her work of supporting communities throughout Salt Lake City and her legislative duties that impact the whole of the state of Utah. Working with local government, Angela oversees community programs and initiatives in the Division of Youth and Family Programs, including supervising the YouthCity Government Program.  At the state legislature, she champions for issues including victim’s rights, preventing sexual assault and domestic violence, and promotes clean energy initiatives that will provide Utah a sustainable and stable future.

In addition to her professional career and legislative duties, Angela currently chairs the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislator’s Education Task Force and serves on the Latina Legislative Initiative Committee, Utah’s Rape Kit Processing Work Group, Friends for Sight Board of Directors, Salt Lake Acting Company Board of Directors and is the National Foundation for Women Legislator’s Utah State Director.  Representative Romero also received the 2015 YWCA Public Official of the Year Award for her work on sexual violence, immigration, economic and environmental justice issues.


Design This Year's Logo!

Attention all student designers: your design could become the logo for this year's conference! Not only is this a great chance to flex your design skills, there is also a $200 prize being offered to the winner.

We had great success last year with our logo design contest and are excited to keep the tradition going for this year. This web page is pretty dull, because we want you to be inspired to create a logo without our design influence. We use different design motifs and styles every year, so we want a logo that can work with anything. Feel free to check out our current website; however, don't feel the need to make a logo that specifically matches its themes and style. It does change every year as you can see here: 

At the announcement of a winner, the designer(s) will sign all rights to the work over to Utah Valley University. UVU and the Writing for Social Change Conference reserve the right to reproduce, alter, and display the work without attribution and without formal permission across any medium. The designer(s) will reserve the right to showcase the logo in their personal design portfolio for future use.

Logo submissions are due by September the 5th. Please submit your files to Ben Goodwin at You can also email him if you have any questions. Make sure to check out the technical specifications for your submission below.

Technical Stuff:
When designing your logo, please try to avoid clichés and anything that is too literal or limits the scope of our conference in reference to “writing.” To us, “writing” leads to communication that happens through diverse media like a printed document, website code, a public address, a poetry performance, a podcast, or even graffiti. Overly-literal or outdated logos (images of pencils or quills, for example) are not what we’re looking for.

Please send us the following files for your submission:

An Adobe Illustrator (.eps) file
100% vector
Transparent Background
CMYK color mode
An equivalent (.png) file
RGB color mode
Large enough for our website usage
An equivalent (.pdf) file
Same conditions as the .eps file
Saved as editable to preserve Illustrator editing capabilities


Submit To This Year's Conference

Complete the form below to submit your proposal to the 2017 Conference on Writing For Social Change at Utah Valley University. The deadline for submissions is October 2nd.