Reenvisioning Our World: Seeing What Works, Broadening our View, Seeking Innovative Alternatives

Within a Sustainable Development framework and embracing a human rights approach (Androff, 2016; Declaration of Human Rights, 1984), we at the Millersville University School of Social Work’s Learning Institute are dedicated to the interrogation of global social issues that violate or compromise individuals’ ability to live with the freedoms and protections to which they are entitled.  The fundamental assumption embodied by human rights is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity (United for Human Rights, 2017).

In collaboration with various Departments and Offices at Millersville University, The Learning Institute provides a platform from which experts from various disciplines share their knowledge and offer training for agents of social change.  Each year, The Learning Institute hosts events that center on examining social, economic, and environmental injustices and human rights violations with intentional dialogue on ways to foster positive social change.

The 2020 academic year offers the perfect opportunity to “check our vision,” assess where we stand as agents of social change, and broaden our view of and responses to social problems and causes of social inequity.  Across disciplines, social change agents are called upon to identify what works and to respond with innovation to problems that have proven particularly resistant to change. How might we think about issues, discuss divergent ideas, and develop strategies that are inclusive and responsive to need?  How can we foster social justice for our communities and clients by building on current evidence that tells us what is working? We invite you to this year’s conference and ask that you share your experiences of what works in your sphere of influence and / or to share innovations or promising practices.

This year’s conference theme, Reenvisioning Our World: Seeing What Works, Broadening our View, Seeking Innovative Alternatives, invites presentations (paper, roundtable, and workshop) that explore the realization of social justice and human rights and its myriad dimensions and manifestations.  Our conference welcomes research that identifies barriers to social justice and human rights, as well as strategies (policies, programs, and practices) to promote social justice and human rights across diverse populations.  These presentations may be original research, theoretical framework(s), clinical interventions, pedagogy, and/or policy/advocacy.  Human rights are complex and multifaceted; strategies to enhance it 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 on Millersville University’s campus (1 N. George Street, Millersville, PA) from April 15-17, 2020.



Submitted proposal should fall under one of the following formats:

  1. Paper: 60 minute presentations of original research, theoretical framework, and clinical interventions. (Depending upon number of submissions, you may be paired with another paper presentation for 30 minute presentations, each)
  1. 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.
  1. 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 for each presenter
  2. Organization
  3. Presenter(s) 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 December 31, 2020 by 11:59 pm EST.  Please submit your proposal to

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




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