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Social Work in the Global Environment Conference Announcement


The 7th Annual Conference on Social Work

in the Global Environment


Global Owl

The Crossroads of Contemporary Slavery and Injustice:

Cultivating Public Discourse and Action 

will be held

Friday, November 2, 2018, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

in the Multipurpose Room 218

                        McFarland Student Union, Kutztown University                       

The call for proposals is now open

Click here for information on submitting a proposal.

Click here to submit a proposal.


Conference Overview

The Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment aims to contribute to the local-global perspective in social work, utilizing the strategy: Thinking globally and acting locally.  This year's conference, titled The Crossroads of Contemporary Slavery and Injustice: Cultivating Public Discourse and Action, will focus on the complex matrix of societal, political, and economic inequality and exploitation.  Presentation topics can include, but are not limited to the following sub-themes:

  • Labor and sexual exploitation
  • Forced and bonded labor
  • Forced marriage
  • Domestic servitude
  • Farm and factory worker rights
  • Human trafficking
  • Unlawful recruitment and use of child soldiers
  • Overworked and underpaid workers
  • Socio-economic justice and human rights
  • Global social welfare institutions
  • Immigrant children and their families
  • Mass movement in the contemporary world
  • Governmental and non-governmental responses to enhance or restore human well-being
  • Grassroots community organizing
  • Vulnerability of the oppressed populations

Selection Process Proposals submitted by the deadline of September 17th, 2018 will be reviewed by the review board members using the following criteria: clarity of goals and objectives of the proposal, significance of the study to social work profession, clarity of the writing, and compliance with the guidelines. Please read the full "Call for Proposals" before completing your submission.  (see link above)

Types of Presentations

There are three different types of presentation sessions.  Please indicate the presentation type via online submission.  

  1. Oral Paper Presentation: Accepted presenters will present for 20 minutes, followed by a discussion with audience members.  
  2. Poster Presentation: This presentation provides an opportunity to the presenter and audience to discuss and receive feedback on a large poster board.  Poster sessions are 50 minutes in duration. 
  3. Panel: This is a type of presentation that allows more than two presenters to discuss and share their work. The duration of panel presentation is 30 minutes plus 10 minutes for Q&A.

Submission Instructions

Proposals should be submitted in a structured format and should include the following sections:  

  • Title of the Proposal: 15 words   
  • Overview:  50 words Brief overview of the proposal stating the significance of the problem and study findings   
  • Learning Objectives: All proposal submissions must include three learning objectives.  

   For example: 

    • At the completion of this presentation, participants will state how findings may influence practice.
    • At the completion of this presentation, participants will be able to identify protective and risk factors.   
  • Proposal Text: 300 words   
    • Background and Purpose: Description of the problem, study objectives, and/or research question(s)  
    • Methods: Explanations of conceptual/theoretical perspective; policy/program analysis framework; and/or research methodology (e.g., qualitative or quantitative study design)    
    • Results: Interpretation of specific findings and outcomes  
    • Conclusion and Implications: Discussion of main outcome(s) and implications for practice, policy, education, and/or further research   
  • References: Please list all references in the APA style.   

Submission Deadline: Monday September 17th, 2018 Please note that all proposals are to be submitted through our call-for-proposal website  (See link above). As part of the submission process, you are required to provide author information (e.g., affiliation, address, and email of primary presenter and co-presenter) and indicate your preference for oral, poster, or panel presentation.  Please feel free to contact Conference Chair, Dr. Barth Yeboah (Email: if you have any questions regarding proposal submission.  Proposal submitters will be notified via email of acceptance decision within two weeks from the deadline of proposal submission.     

We look forward to seeing you in Kutztown!

5th Annual Conference on Social Work in the Global Environment - Evaluation Report