As teachers seek to develop curriculum for a diverse student bodies, there is a need to develop curricula that draw on what students bring with them to the classroom. This talk presents findings from a longitudinal research study that investigated the strengths that students bring with them to the university classroom. Specifically, the study looked at students’ incoming literacies, or the kinds of reading, writing, translating, and communicating practices students use in their everyday lives using videos they took of their literacy practices across the contexts of school, work, home, and community. Alison Cardinal is a lecturer at the University of Washington Tacoma and a Ph.D. candidate in Language and Rhetoric at the University of Washington. She has been teaching writing for over a decade in Washington and Oregon. Her expertise include composition studies, sociolinguistics, critical theory and qualitative research methods. Grit City Think & Drink brings scholars and experts from various disciplines face-to-face with the general public. The evening begins with a presentation or lecture which leads to a moderated discussion with the audience. Sponsored by UW Tacoma’s School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences and The Swiss Restaurant & Pub, Grit City Think & Drink is free to the public and open to all ages.