TYCA-PNW / PNWCA conference, April 26-27, 2019
YaKIMA VALLEY COLLEGE
“Community: Nurturing Deep Connections on our Campuses, in our Classrooms, and in our Writing Centers”
Deadline extended until Friday, December 21, 2018
Call for Proposals
In these troubling times of political strife, unthinkable realities for immigrants and their families, unending legislative push for education reform, and the deprofessionalization of our fields, it seems especially difficult to find common ground. There are ideological mountains, rivers, and deserts between us. But what if we look beneath the surface at our below-ground web of humanity? Just as forest ecologists have discovered that trees in a forest communicate with one another in a subterranean network and share resources to nurture weakened or vulnerable trees through tiny fungal threads that extend from their roots, we writing teachers, program administrators, writing center directors, and tutors in the college environment may discover that we are ideally positioned to forge otherwise hidden connections in our classrooms and writing centers, connections that promote cooperation over competition, compassion over callousness, complexity rather than oversimplification, cultural inclusion instead of ethnocentrism, and resilience in lieu of hopelessness....