About Us

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Mission Statement

The Department of Literacies and Composition understands that all students bring with them rich and diverse histories, knowledge, skills, and literacies that can be applied to the work they will take part in as college students at Utah Valley University. We are committed to providing opportunities for students to recognize their own spoken, written, and visual literacies as relevant to the academic setting and helping them to develop these literacies for the work they will do in the university, in the workplace, and in their personal lives.

Statement on Inclusivity

The Department of Literacies and Composition values, respects and welcomes diversity in all its forms: e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, culture, age, education, religion, philosophy, politics, socio-economic status, sexual orientation and language traditions and capabilities. We have one of the most diverse student bodies and faculty and staff groups on campus; everyone has a place at our table. The overriding mission of the Department of Literacies and Composition is to provide access to higher education and opportunities for all students, regardless of past educational experience, socio-economic status, language, age or other circumstances.

Because of our commitment to diversity and to the idea that exposure to diversity benefits students, the university, and our communities in essential ways, the faculty member assigned to your Literacies and Composition class may use accented English, may have tattoos or piercings, may have a physical disability, may not belong to your religion, may use language that you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with, or may hold beliefs that are different from yours. Or, they may be very much like you. Also, you will likely encounter other students in your classes who do not share your same values, experiences, and perspectives. While the new and unfamiliar may present challenges, we encourage you to think carefully about what you can gain from exposure to and engagement with difference.

Because of our commitment to diversity, students in our classes will be introduced to a wide variety of ideas, arguments, and beliefs. However, faculty members will always approach these discussions with respect for students, and students in our classes are expected to show respect for the diverse views of other students and teachers. Diversity of thought and expression are privileged in this department, but all teachers and students are expected to engage in discussions of diverse ideas with kindness and respect.