Call For Proposals: Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference

The UW-Madison School of Social Work invites workshop

Janaya Khan

proposals for the 2019 Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference: The Power of Disruption, which will take place on Friday, January 25, 2019. Each year, more than 500 social workers, students, and faculty come together for this one-day event held on the campus of UW-Madison. The conference challenges social workers to engage in racial and social justice action.

We encourage workshop proposals from practicing social workers, researchers, students, community organizers, and more and we seek a diverse line-up of presenters based on race, age, gender, and other forms of personal and social identity.

The keynote presenter for the 2019 conference will be Janaya Khan, a black, queer, gender-nonconforming activist, Afrofuturist, and social justice educator.

Given the popularity of the conference, the selection process is expected to be competitive. We have space for approximately 15 workshops.

This year’s theme is “The Power of Disruption.” Proposals may focus on different types of disruption, different forms of power that emerge as a result of disruption, social transformation, and considerations of what disruption is in a social work context. Proposals that focus on the following will be given preference:

  • Types of disruption in addressing racial and social injustice: advocacy, challenging the system, radical approaches
  • How disruption applies to social workers professionally and personally
  • How one can undercut systems of power through disruption
  • Disrupting the cycle of trauma
  • Disruption across systems (micro, mezzo, macro)
  • Indirect and direct disruption
  • Proposals that interpret the theme in innovative ways are also encouraged

Preference will also be given to workshops that are interactive and emphasize action. We are interested in practitioner-focused, innovative social work practice presentations. Workshops last approximately 90 minutes and should include space for questions and answers from attendees.

To submit a workshop proposal, fill out the form onlineProposals are due by 5pm on September 14, 2018. Decisions will be made by the conference planning committee and notifications will be sent by October 12th.

Individuals selected to present are invited to attend the full conference, including lunch and CEUs, at no cost.

For more information, contact Jenny Braunginn at: