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2019 TYCA-PNW & PNWCA Joint Conference Registration and Lodging Info

Community: Nurturing Deep Connections on our Campuses, in our Classrooms, and in our Writing Centers

TYCA-PNW & PNWCA Joint Conference 2019
April 26 - 27, 2019
Yakima Valley College

Conference Registration, Keynote Speaker, Hotels, etc.

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. In nurturing supportive communities with our students--and with one another--we provide opportunity for individuals to persevere, resist, and thrive, for grit alone and determination alone, will not ensure individual success. Achievement is shared as are our struggles.

In this, our final collaborative conference between TYCA-PNW and PNWCA, we invite you to join us in thinking about the forces that pull us together as academic professionals and students in all our varied abilities, backgrounds, and subject identities. How might we choose to see opportunity in the adversities and tensions surrounding us in these dangerous and unpredictable times? How can we look beneath the surface to create ties that help sustain us all and enable us to fulfill our mission as educators and learners?