Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference: Call for Proposals

Michelle Alexander
Michelle Alexander

The UW-Madison School of Social Work invites workshop proposals for the 2020 Social Workers Confronting Racial Injustice Conference: Are You Ready to Answer the Call? to be held on Friday, January 24, 2020. 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’re thrilled to announce that the keynote presenter for the 2020 conference will be Michelle Alexander, The New York Times best-selling author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

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

Preference will 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.

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

To submit a workshop proposal, fill out the form online.

Proposals are due by 5pm on September 16, 2019. Decisions will be made by the conference planning committee and notifications will be sent by mid-October.

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

For more information, contact: Jenny Braunginn:; 608.772.7730