Praxis Conference

  • UW students engage in community work in Seattle's International District.
    UW students engage in community work in Seattle's International District.
  • 2016 keynote speaker Candice Rai discusses "wicked problems" of community work.
    2016 keynote speaker Candice Rai discusses "wicked problems" of community work.
  • 2016 keynote and lunch in the beautiful UW Haggett Cascade facilities
    2016 keynote and lunch in the beautiful UW Haggett Cascade facilities

About Praxis

Praxis is an annual multidisciplinary conference on various topics of writing pedagogy led by a group of graduate students for the University of Washington and UW affiliated community.  Drawing on the activist educator Paulo Freire's conception of praxis as the intersection of theory and practice, faculty, staff, students, instructors, community partners, and others are welcome to participate.  Varied insights help to enrich both our local/situated and broader understandings of writing, teaching, and learning practices.  It is also a forum for making and continuing such conversations and connections across and beyond campus. Praxis conference debuted in 2015 with the help of Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill as a faculty mentor and the organizing effort of graduate student and instructors, Jennifer Eidum Zinchuk and Yasmine Romero.

"Just as we ask our students to see and value the diversity of experience and perspectives in our classrooms, the work we do in our writing programs is based on a reciprocal relationship between research and practice in our own field, and on working together with diverse disciplines and programs. And, as we ask our students to do in our writing classrooms, today we take a metacognitive step back together to reflect on and share our current thinking, and to continue learning from each other."

- Elizabeth Simmons-O'Neill, English Department writing programs representative, from the introductory remarks of Praxis 2015

Check the links below on past and current conferences to see where Praxis has been so far, and how you might participate in its future trajectory!

To request disability accommodation, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 (voice), 206-543-6452 (TTY), 206-685-7264 (fax), or dso@uw.edu. The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests. Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 days.

Conference Themes

2018 Translation Practices: Negotiating Difference

2017 Learning through Doing: Crafting Meaning through Making-Oriented Pedagogy

2016 Transformative Language and Literacy Practices: Building Communities On and Beyond Campus

2015 Creating Global Communities: Engaging Students in Diverse Classrooms

Committee Contact

Chair: Holly Shelton - hshelton@uw.edu

Co-Chair: Sumyat Thu - smthu@uw.edu

Lead Coordinator: Lubna Alzaroo - lubnaa@uw.edu

Assistant Coordinator: Sara Lovett - slovett@uw.edu

Faculty Mentor: Carrie Matthews - crmatthe@uw.edu