To All Silver Undergraduate & Graduate Students,
Silver Student Affairs is excited to announce the second annual student-to-student conference on Social Justice, Diversity, and Social Work Practice, titled "Walking the Talk: Direct Practice Through a Social Justice Lens." The conference will take place on Friday, April 13th, and attending will be free of charge to all students. With permission from your field agency supervisor, attending the conference may also count as field hours.
This conference is the only one of its kind, not just at Silver but at any NY-based school of social work: a singular opportunity to turn your ideas regarding the ways that social justice should inform direct practice into a polished, professional, and compelling presentation or poster, and share your passion with your peers.
We are looking for students who want to develop a 40-minute, multimedia, interactive presentation or create a visually-stimulating, information rich poster (the FAQ contains more information on both) on any topic of your choice that relates to the impact of social justice and/or diversity on direct practice. Topics can include anything related to the intersections of social justice and diversity and direct practice at the micro, meso or macro levels, including but not limited to the impact of race/skin color, ethnicity, citizenship, homelessness, ability, age, body size, gender, sexual identity, language, education, socioeconomic status, privilege/power/ally-ship, legal representation, segregation, or mental health. If you can make an argument for its relevance to direct practice, we'll consider it.
Only five (5) presentations and eight (8) posters will be chosen for the conference among the proposals we receive, and we will give priority to those that are most clearly explained, impact-rich and widely-applicable to participants.
Ready to apply? Click here to access the proposal form.
Want more information on presenting a topic or a poster? Click here for the conference FAQs.
The final deadline for proposal submission is Monday, December 4th at 9am.
We are so excited to hear your ideas and help make this conference happen!
Jessenia Acuna, MSW '18, Social Justice & Diversity in Higher Education Intern
Mara Gottlieb, PhD, LMSW, Adjunct Assistant Professor and Adjunct Clinical Instructor
Courtney O'Mealley, MSW, Assistant Dean of Student & Alumni Affairs