Children’s Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, & Fostering Well-Being Among Our World’s Children

Millersville University School of Social Work’s Learning Institute investigates global social issues through an interdisciplinary lens. The Learning Institute provides a platform from which experts from diverse fields share their knowledge and offer training for agents of social change. Each year, the Learning Institute selects an issue of local and global importance and builds an agenda of events that address this identified area of concern. The centerpiece of this work is our annual conference, which invites experts from around the world to share their expertise.

This year, the Learning Institute’s focus is on the world’s children. The World Health Organization identifies children as a vulnerable population facing overwhelming challenges that compromise their development and well-being, while lacking the protections and resources that offer protection from harm (World Health Organization, 2016). UNICEF (2015) calls for the placement of children at the center of our global agenda, and identifies issues that compromise the well-being of children, including violence, child exploitation, poverty, exposure to conflict, and limited educational opportunities.

This year’s conference, Children’s Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, and Fostering Well-Being Among Our World’s Children invites presentations (poster format, paper, roundtable, and workshop) that explore challenges faced by our children, as well as policies, programs, and practices that protect them and build opportunities for their increased well-being. These presentations may be original research, theoretical framework(s), clinical interventions, pedagogy, and/or policy/advocacy. The conditions that compromise children’s resilience and jeopardize their well-being are complex and multifaceted; they require equally complex and interdisciplinary responses. Scholars, practitioners, students, and agents of social change from all disciplines are encouraged to submit proposals.

The conference will take place at Millersville University’s downtown campus, The Ware Center (42 N. Prince Street, Lancaster, PA 17603) from June 7-9, 2017.

Please contact Karen Rice at with any questions.  We look forward to seeing you in Lancaster County, PA in June!



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