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Conference on Writing For Social Change @ UVU

November 1st & 2nd

Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

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.

Submissions to this year's conference are now closed amd acceptance letters will be sent out soon. We look forward to seeing everyone in November!