Call for Proposals

 4th Annual Global Well-Being and Social Change Conference

Millersville University of Pennsylvania • School of Social Work • Millersville, PA
June 7-9, 2017

Call for Presentations

Prior to submitting your proposal, please read the following carefully.

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.

Submitted proposal should fall under one of the following formats:

  1. Poster: electronic or paper poster display with open discussion of a suitable topic with conference participants.

*NOTE: This format is reserved for doctoral, graduate, and undergraduate students.

  1. Paper: 60 minute presentations of original research, theoretical framework, and clinical interventions.
  2. Roundtable: 15 minutes of presentation followed by 45 minutes of interactive discussion on a variety of topics related to the conference theme with conference participants.
  3. Workshop: 60 minutes of educational, interactive, and experiential learning activity.

Proposal Requirements

  1. Session Title (12 words or less)
  2. Abstract (50 words or less) for inclusion in the conference program
  3. Proposal (no more than 500 words)
  4. Learning Outcomes (minimum of three; At the end of this session, participants will be able to ….)
  5. References
  6. Audio/Visual Technology Requirements

Presenter Information (include on separate page to ensure blind review)

  1. Presenter(s) Name (please indicate primary presenter), credentials, and brief bio
  2. Organization
  3. Title
  4. Address
  5. City, State, Zip
  6. Email
  7. Phone


  • After proposals have been accepted, changes to presenters are not permitted.
  • Incomplete proposals will not be considered.
  • If accepted, all presenters agree to register for conference and pay applicable conference fee.

Proposal Deadline: All proposals are due no later than January 30, 2017 by 11:59 pm EST. Please submit your proposal to


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