Social Justice Conference: Call for Proposals & Plenaries

Submit your proposal by January 31, 2017!

The Office of Equity and Diversity invites proposals for workshops and plenaries for the 2017 Social Justice Conference at Montclair State University. This inaugural conference on March 31, 2017 will provide personal and professional development opportunities to our campus community on issues of social identity, social justice, racial justice, power, and privilege. Workshops will be 50 minutes in length, and take place in 4 groups of sessions. There will be 3 plenary sessions. 

Students, faculty, and staff of Montclair State are encouraged to submit proposals that connect with our conference theme, Raise Awareness. Inspire Change. Strengthen Communities, which was inspired by Montclair State students, faculty, staff, and activists who envision a knowledgeable campus community committed to inclusion, civility, empathy, and justice. This theme is a call to action encouraging individuals and communities to become more aware of themselves and their environments so that they can inspire and create individual, departmental, and institutional change while strengthening communities. 


  • Call for Workshop Proposals: November 21, 2016 - January 31, 2017 | Submit here
  • Call for Plenary Proposals: November 21, 2016 - January 31, 2017 | Submit here
  • Online Registration: February 28, 2017 - March 27, 2017 
  • Conference: March 31, 2017
The Workshop and Plenary committees will consider proposals in all areas of social justice that relate to our broader theme. Possible topics to consider which meet our theme are provided below. 
  • Building an inclusive, multiculturally competent campus community  
  • Challenging paradigms of injustice, privilege, and marginalization 
  • Microaggressions 
  • Issues around gender (including gender identity, gender roles, and stereotypes) and how they intersect with other aspects of identity or cultures 
  • LGBTQ students and issues 
  • Post-undergraduate social justice activism and civic engagement 
  • Building sustainable coalitions within student groups to reflect a diverse population 
  • Economic justice (e.g. Food, sustainability, environmental justice)
  • Mental health and social justice (access to treatment of individuals with addiction, mental health concerns, trauma) 
  • Incarceration (e.g. school-to-prison pipeline, prison-industrial complex) 
  • Activism and self-care 
  • Racial justice (e.g. Black Lives Matter)

Additional information on the conference can be found on our website here
Questions about the conference should be directed to the conference chair, Brian Edwards, at