6th Annual Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference 


The deadline to submit a workshops/breakout session proposal for the Sixth Annual Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference(RPSJ) has been extended to Monday, November 4. This is your opportunity to join educators, policymakers, advocates, and others to advance racial justice in Central Virginia.

The conference will take place on Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th, 2020 at the University of Lynchburg in Lynchburg, VA. The 2020 conference theme is Uprising: Organizing Justice in America.

Many Voices – One Community (MVOC) seeks to provide educational opportunities for those wanting to become better advocates for racial equity. Through workshops and keynote speakers, attendees learn about different approaches to forward racial and social justice and gain a deeper understanding of how to create more equitable communities, institutions, and organizations. Attendees will gain knowledge and skills by drawing on the expertise of those engaged in this work at a variety of levels and from a variety of perspectives.

Dynamic presenters and innovative sessions are important to the success of the conference. This Call for Proposals(CFP) will help us ensure that we offer workshops/breakout sessions that explore different ways to address racial and social justice.
Tracks for Workshops
We are looking for 75-minute workshops that would fall under the following tracks and engage participants through skill-building, knowledge building, and/or critical conversations. Skill-building introduces participants to a skill or set of skills that they can apply immediately to their work. Knowledge building shares information about a meaningful topic so that participants can leave the session knowing next steps they can take to use this knowledge in their work. Critical conversations provide a relevant, inspiring, thought-provoking topic and skillfully facilitate a conversation among participants.

As you review the list of tracks below, please keep in mind the following:
1. How does your proposed workshop connect with one of the listed tracks below?
2. Is your workshop primarily focused on skill-building, knowledge building and/or facilitating a critical conversation?
3. How does your workshop address the topics of race, poverty and/or social justice?
⮚ Organizing and Advocacy
Features organizing campaign- and advocacy-focused strategies related to racial and social justice.

⮚ Research and Policy
Features new research- and policy-focused strategies related to racial and social justice.

⮚ Arts, Culture and Media
Features art-, culture-, storytelling-, and media-focused strategies related to racial and social justice.

⮚ Social Justice for Youth and Young Adults
Features strategies related to Organizing and Advocacy, Research and Policy and Arts, Culture and Media with a specific focus on high school and college-aged youth and young adults.

Workshop participants range from individuals new to racial and social justice work to those well-versed in the field. Our attendees include individuals from churches, government and nonprofit agencies, university and college communities, and interested individuals from the community.

Proposal Submissions
Proposals should be submitted using the following format:

Workshop Information:
● Title
● Description (50-60 words maximum, for conference registration and program booklets)
● Extended description (300 words maximum, including learning objectives)
● Session format (e.g., debates, panel discussions, lectures, etc.)
● Audiovisual equipment needed
● One-page presenter biography
● Track and topic areas to be addressed

Presenter’s Information:
● Name / Title
● Company / Organization
● Address: Street, City, State, Zip
● Phone: Daytime, Evening, Fax
● Email Address

Information for Presenters
Workshops will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2019. Presenters must be available the entire day until the actual workshop time is confirmed. Presenters must provide handouts (20) for participants. Presenters are urged to register for the conference; registration entitles them to all-conference benefits. MVOC will cover the cost of the presenter’s conference fee, including meals and workshops. Audiovisual equipment will be supplied for each presenter.

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