Call for Abstracts

We are seeking abstracts that highlight University, community, and government social justice partnerships that aim to address and reconcile issues of race and equality.

We are interested in reviewing abstracts that unite any combination of the above partners (e.g., University and community, University and government, government and community, and University, community, and government).

We invite abstracts for oral papers, workshops, round-tables, and poster presentations which address the following areas:

  • Workforce Development/Economic Security
  • Education (Restorative Justice, Disportionality)
  • Housing
  • Health (Public, Mental, Physical, Food Security, Recreational Access)
  • Community Development (Peace, Safety, Social Networks)
  • Environmental Justice
  • Law and Justice (Criminal, Child Welfare, Immigration, Border Security)
  • Elections Justice
  • Global Perspectives
  • Gender and Justice
  • Juvenile Justice

This conference seeks to bring together scholars, practitioners, community activists, and graduate students. Therefore, please consider submitting abstracts that showcase a variety of key stakeholders in systems change work.

Niagara University is located on the Niagara Falls gorge, a beautiful and majestic natural wonder. While in the area, conference participants are encouraged to explore Niagara Falls, Lewiston and Buffalo, New York, as well as Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, Canada. If choosing to visit Canada, a Passport or Passport Card is required. Information about passports can be found here:

The Rose Bente Lee Ostapenko Center for Race, Equality, and Mission establishes critical interdependencies both on and off campus, working together with faculty and students across colleges and disciplines of study to leverage change in the academy and across sectors of education, business, government and the community. As such, the Center serves as a resource to the community on issues of racial equity.

Important Dates

Abstract Due Date February 28, 2018
Acceptance Emails March 15, 2018
Presenter(s) Confirmation Due Date March 31, 2018
Presenter(s) Registration Due Date March 31, 2018

Instructions for submitting abstract proposals

Please pre-plan your submission. Content fields found for the submission can be found here. Once you beginning the submission process, you will need to finish it in order to have a complete submission.

  • Abstracts should not exceed 250 words. Briefly introduce your topic, provide background information about the nature of the problem, and outcomes for your session.
  • A review process will be utilized to rate each proposal based upon the following criteria: value/relevance of proposed presentation, quality of the scholarship/research/practice/policy, and the proposal structure/organization.
  • Abstract proposals will be accepted from February 28, 2018.
  • Notification of presentation selection will be emailed to the lead presenter by March 15, 2018.
  • Selected abstracts will be published in the Conference Proceedings Book.
  • Presentation Types:
    • Oral Papers (15 minute presentations (7-8 pages in text) that are either conceptual, empirical, or program evaluation focused).
    • Workshops (60 minute stand alone presentation. Participants will learn skills for improving their work).
    • Round-tables (60 minutes. Three to four panel members will share pragmatic knowledge about their work).
    • Poster Presentations (45 minutes. Early data analysis and/or graduate student projects seeking feedback from scholars and practitioners).
  • Participants may submit up to two abstracts as lead authors/presenters.