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About Writing Across Communities

UNM students come from many backgrounds with discourse practices that express differences of language, ethnicity, culture, class, and generation. The presence of diverse discourse communities represents a source of strength in our classrooms as we educate students for global lives in the new century, lives in which the ability communicate fluently across boundaries is essential.

In three semester-long conversations with stakeholders within the English department, across the university system, and among New Mexico communities, we intend to build our knowledge about the language and discourse backgrounds students bring to UNM. Each series will culminate in a daylong conference featuring a keynote speaker from another university, during which we reflect on what we've learned and make decisions about how best to provide writing instruction that will increase student success in negotiating academic and professional literacy.

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