8th Annual Global Well-Being And Social Change Conference

Global citizenship: acknowledging interconnectedness and cultivating social justice

April 14-16, 2021 at Millersville University (will be virtual if unable to hold conference in person due to covid-19)


Millersville University School of Social Work's Learning Institute is dedicated to investigating global social issues.  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.

2014 - Global Youth: Understanding Challenges, Identifying Solutions, Offering Hope

2015 - Exploitation of Women and Children: Global Perspectives

2016 - Global Poverty: Human Needs, Economic Justice, and Social Change

2017 - Children's Rights: Building Resilience, Protecting from Harm, and Foster Well-Being Among Our World's Children

2018 - Wellness in Our Global Community: Clarifying Definitions, Providing Opportunities, Protecting Rights

2019 - Social Justice: Valuing Difference, Pursuing Equity, and Finding Space for Solidarity

2020 - Re-Envisioning Our World: Seeing What Works, Broadening Our View, Seeking Innovative Alternatives


In the midst of a global pandemic, systemic racial injustice and global environmental crisis related to climate change, our connection to other groups and cultures is relevant now more than ever. The Learning Institute's 8th Annual Global Well-Being Conference will focus on using the social justice advocacy theoretical approach to developing global citizenry to address navigating our interconnectedness. A global citizen is aware of the wider world, has a sense of their own role as a world citizen, respects and values diversity, and engages in intergroup dialogue and cultural humility. With the interconnected and interdependent nature of our world, the global is not 'out there'; it is part of our everyday lives, as we are linked to others in our own country and on every continent. As individuals and as leaders in larger organizations, how can we develop global citizenry to cultivate social justice?

This year's conference, Global Citizenship: Acknowledging Interconnectedness and Cultivating Social Justice 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:

 Proposal Rules:

1. Submitted proposal should fall under one of the following formats:

Paper: 60 minute presentations of original research, theoretical framework, and clinical interventions. 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. Workshop: 60 minutes of educational, interactive, and experiential learning activity.

2. After proposals have been accepted, changes to presenters are not permitted.

3. Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

4. If accepted, all presenters agree to register for conference and pay applicable conference fee.


Call for Proposals - all proposals are due no later than January 31, 2021, by 11:59 pm EST.

Submit Proposals Here

Please direct your questions to:

Dr. Karen Rice

Millersville University

Department of Social Work

P.O. Box 1002

Millersville University, PA 17551-0302

Email: karen.rice@millersville.edu or learninginstitute@millersville.edu

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    The Learning Institute:
    Global Well-Being and Social Change

    Karen Rice, Department Chair of Social Work at Millersville University
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