English faculty member, Ryan Witt, represented College of Western Idaho (CWI) at the 2019 Conference on College Composition and Communication, a national writing studies conference, on Wednesday, March 13, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. During the conference, Witt facilitated a half-day workshop entitled, “The Art of Performing ‘This is Fine’: Addressing the Impact of Trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) on Students, Teachers, and Programs”. His workshop, for writing teachers, writing program administrators, and writing center staff, focused on practical tools they can use to work with students who are struggling with the after effects of trauma in their lives.
The people in my field – just like my colleagues at CWI – are very focused on student success," said Witt. "The strategies we discussed in this workshop are critical for helping students from all backgrounds succeed. I look forward to expanding my use of these approaches at CWI and sharing them with colleagues."