Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference


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Many Voices—One Community (MVOC) is now accepting proposals for presentations at the Fifth Annual Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference(RPSJ), scheduled for Friday, November 3rd and Saturday, November 4th, 2017 at Lynchburg College in Lynchburg, VA. The 2017 conference theme is Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Justice. The proposal deadline is Monday, September 11th.

A primary objective of Many Voices – One Community (MVOC) is to provide educational opportunities to those seeking to become better advocates for racial equity. The Second Annual Race, Poverty, and Social Justice Conference is one way to provide this training. Through workshops and keynote speakers, attendees learn about different approaches to forward racial and social justice and gain a deeper understanding of how to create a more equitable community. We believe that one of the best ways to train our attendees is by drawing on the skills and expertise of those engaged in this work at a variety of levels and from a variety of perspectives.

Dynamic presenters and innovative workshops are crucial to the success of training at the conference. This Call for Presentations(CFP) is our way of ensuring that we offer workshops that explore different ways to address racial equity.

Tracks for Workshops

Each workshop session will be 75 minutes in length. Tracks for this year’s workshops have been selected based on experience from previous conferences. As you review the list, please keep in mind the following:

  1. How does your proposed workshop connect with one of the listed tracks?
  2. How does your workshop address the topics of race, poverty and/or social justice?

We are looking for 75-minute workshop presentations that would fall under the following tracks:

Organizing and Advocacy

Features organizing campaign- and advocacy-focused strategies related to racial and social justice.

Research and Policy

Features new research- and policy-focused strategies related to racial and social justice.

Arts, Culture and Media

Features art-, culture-, storytelling-, and media-focused strategies related to racial and social justice.

Social Justice for Youth and Young Adult

Features strategies related to Organizing and Advocacy, Research and Policy and Arts, Culture and Media with a specific focus on high school and college aged youth and young adults.

Workshop participants range from individuals new to racial and social justice work to those well-versed in the field. Our attendees include individuals from churches, government and nonprofit agencies, university and college communities, and interested individuals from the community.

Proposal Submissions

Proposals should be submitted using the following format:

  • Workshop Information
    • Title
    • Description (50-60 words maximum, for conference registration and program booklets)
    • Extended description (300 words maximum, including learning objectives)
    • Session format (e.g., debate, panel discussion, lecture, etc.)
    • Audiovisual equipment needed
    • One-page presenter biography
    • Track and topic areas to be addressed
  • Presenter’s Information
    • Name / Title
    • Company / Organization
    • Address: Street, City, State, Zip
    • Phone: Daytime, Evening, Fax
    • Email Address
  • Would you like comments from your conference workshop from attendees? Yes/No

Information for Presenters

Workshops will be held on Saturday, November 4th, 2017. Presenters must be available the entire day until actual workshop time is confirmed. Presenters must provide handouts (20) for participants. Presenters are urged to register for the conference; registration entitles them to all conference benefits. MVOC will cover the cost of the presenter’s conference fee, including meals and workshops. Audiovisual equipment will be supplied for each presenter.

Please address your proposal and mail to:
YWCA of Central Virginia
c/oMany Voices—One Community
626 Church Street
Lynchburg, VA 24504 or email
Proposals are due by September 11, 2017.
Submissions received after the deadline or with missing information may not be considered.