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Social Justice Conference

2019 Social Justice Conference: Changing the Unacceptable

Friday March, 22, 2019 at Montclair State University
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Want to learn more about social justice topics and issues? Come to the annual Social Justice Conference on Friday March 22, 2019 8:30am – 5:00pm at Montclair State University!

FREE one day conference for students, faculty, and staff to engage in various workshops about social justice topics and issues. This year’s theme is Changing the Unacceptable, inspired by a quote from Angela Davis: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.”

There is no charge to attend this conference, however, space is limited to 250 attendees.

Every spring, the Office for Social Justice and Diversity hosts the Annual Social Justice Conference. This one-day conference offers various educational opportunities to our campus community on various social justice and diversity issues and topics. The Social Justice Conference allows students, faculty, and staff to examine social inequality through small and large group discussions, interactive activities, and brief lectures.


Keynote Speaker: Aneesah Smith, M.S.

Aneesah Smith is a Queer, Christian, Cisgender, woman of color who is OUT and proud in all aspects of her life. She is a proud graduate of West Chester University (WCU), obtaining a B.S. in Health Education and M.S. in Counseling/Higher Education. Currently she is a national speaker, activist and social justice educator who inspires those she meets to live OUT loud. Her purpose in life is to use her story to save lives, her passion to raise awareness through education and her privilege to uplift the voices of the oppressed.

Recently, she served for 5 phenomenal years as the Director of LGBTQA Services at her alma mater WCU. Her presentations and keynote speeches have been featured at a variety of conferences including; Creating Change, NASPA, Mid Atlantic LGBT Conference and the Philadelphia Trans Health Conference. She is also a faculty member for the Campus Pride – Advisor Academy, where she leads a weeklong camp for collegiate advisors who serve LGBTQ students.

She just recently served as one of the four elected co-chairs for the National Creating Change Conference on LGBTQ Equality which was held in her home city of Philadelphia. When she is not out changing the world, Aneesah enjoys baking gourmet cupcakes, playing Pokémon cards with her 12 year old son Avery, and enjoying beach time with her wife Surera.

Conference Schedule

8:30am – 9:00am Breakfast
9:00am – 9:20am
Opening Remarks
9:20am – 10:20am  Keynote Address 
10:30am – 5:00pm Self Care/Art Spaces
10:30am – 11:20am Breakout Session I
11:30am – 12:20pm Breakout Session II
12:30pm – 1:50pm Lunch and Plenary Session
2:00pm – 2:50pm Breakout Session III
3:00pm – 3:50pm Breakout Session IV
4:00pm – 4:50pm Breakout Session V
4:55pm – 5:00pm Closing Session

Breakout Session and Presenter Bios coming soon!  Please continue to check this website for updates!