PHENND/PWPA CONFERENCE: Writing in Service, Writing for Service

LOCATION: La Salle University, Philadelphia, PA
CHECK-IN: La Salle Union Building, Dunleavy Room (on the 3rd Floor)
CONFERENCE DATE: Friday, February 25, 2011, 8:15 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Steve Parks, Syracuse University

PWPA members can choose to attend all or part of the “conference” part of the day. The PWPA General Meeting will be held at 3:15 p.m. There is no need to register if you plan to attend the General Meeting only.

This gathering will be attended by 100-150 students, campus staff, faculty, and community organization staff active in community service, service-learning, writing programs, and campus-community partnership work. While primarily targeting individuals who are part of the 35+ colleges and universities involved in the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) and the Philadelphia-Area Writing Program Administrators (PWPA), this event is also open nationally to practitioners of campus-community partnership and writing programs. Please note, despite the title of the conference, we believe in a broad interpretation of the word “literacy.”

Focus areas for workshops and papers include:

Discussion of literacy as a social construct and how campuses as well as campus-community partnerships can address the issue more intentionally

Reviews, how-tos, and/or critiques of existing campus-community partnerships focused on literacy

Lessons drawn from analyzing something at the intersection of literacy and of campus-community partnership such as community service, service-learning, and community-based research

Understanding of race, class, and gender dynamics present in campus-community partnership work including best practices on how to assist students, faculty, community members, and institutions in dealing with these issues, particularly as they relate to K-16 partnerships and/or partnerships with adults in literacy programs

Presentation of relevant community-based programs with suggestions for how higher eds might become involved

Best practices for using service-learning courses to strengthen students’ writing and/or using writing-based reflection tools in service-learning courses more generally and also as a strategy for faculty development (such as journals, autobiographies, and blogs/wikis).

REGISTRATION LINK: To register for the conference, please go to:


Please choose the PWPA Member/Guest option. PWPA will cover the registration costs for all PWPA members (as Bedford is making a donation to PWPA but it won’t cover all the costs). We politely ask that if you are bringing more than 3 guests who aren’t regular PWPA attendees that you consider having them register as regular conference participant, which comes with a $40/person fee. If you are a PWPA member who has already registered for the conference and submitted a payment, we will refund (or not deposit) that payment if you alert us to the situation.


TRANSIT DIRECTIONS TO CAMPUS: Take the Broad Street Line to Olney Station. Walk six blocks west OR wait at the southwest corner of the Broad & Olney intersection for the La Salle shuttle. Shuttles run roughly every 15 minutes. The 18, 26, and J SEPTA bus lines also run through La Salle’s campus. Feel free to contact Jaime with transit questions if you’re not feeling certain.

INTERACTIVE CAMPUS MAP: All of the conference events will be held in the La Salle Union Building, which can be found on the linked map:

PARKING: More details about parking coming soon!

QUESTIONS? Please email the PWPA listserv, or contact Jaime Longo directly at or 215-951-1228.

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