Our Educational Philosophy

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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 oral, 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 academy in the workplace, and in their personal lives.

Our Philosophy of 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 linguistic 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 increased life opportunities for all students, regardless of past educational experience, socio-economic status, language, age or other circumstances which may historically have prevented or currently inhibit access. In keeping with our commitment to diversity and to the idea that exposure to diversity benefits students, institutions and 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 the predominant LDS culture, may use language that you’re unfamiliar or uncomfortable with, or may hold worldviews that are different from yours. Or they may be very much like you. 

Similarly, 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. As part of our commitment to diversity, students in our classes will be introduced to a wide variety of ideas, arguments and worldviews.  However, faculty members will always approach these discussions with respect for students, and students in our classes are expected to show respect for the divergent 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 in a professional and civil manner.