Midwest ECO Conference

October 18-19, 2019 at National Louis University

2019 Midwest ECO

Strengthening the Village: The Global Implications of Social Solidarity

National Louis University, Lisle Campus

October 18-19, 2019 

CALL FOR PROPOSALS: The Midwestern ECO Conference invites you to engage in dialogue around your research, evaluation, theoretical, and action projects at our 2019 event Strengthening the Village: The Global Implications of Social Solidarity. 

The Midwestern Region of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2019 Midwestern ECO Conference. This is a graduate student run conference, hosted by National Louis University, that is designed to encourage dialogue among all related to the work of community psychology, whether students, practitioners, research scientists, community partners, and those from allied disciplines. This conference is designed to promote critical dialogue about and within the field to explore our varied roles as community change agents. While not all of our community psychology engagement is global, it all has global implications. Therefore, the conference theme of Strengthening the Village: The Global Implications of Social Solidarity asks groups to connect their diverse interests to our sense of togetherness and universality. 

Special priority will be given to the following topics:

  • The Sharing of Power
  • Indigenous Resources
  • Citizen Participation
  • Social Justice/Activism
  • Critical Reflexivity
  • The Radiating Impact of Community Work

Village Dialogue Circles: One type of session involves using a village dialogue circles format. This format involves a 45-minute session around proposal topics where the lead will facilitate using set questions as needed. Presenters will be asked to give a brief introduction and encourage open-ended deliberative discussion with attendees. You may use this space to discuss research ideas, present findings, explore new topics, and many other ideas you may have.

Ignite Poster Sessions: The Midwestern Eco Conference will provide an additional opportunity to submit to engage in ignite poster sessions. The goal of this innovative poster session is to allow attendees an opportunity to learn about a variety of topics in a short period of time. It also allows presenters the opportunity to engage with people who might not have otherwise visited their poster. Essentially, the ignite poster sessions have attendees clustered evenly in front of each poster. Each presenter is given five to seven minutes to present their poster and two minutes for Q&A. A bell is rung and the groups move to the next poster. The rotation schedule allowed all the attendees to hear about all the posters. Presenters are encouraged to bring a handout or fact sheet to help with questions and contact Information.

Abstracts should be no more than 200 words. Only the abstract, list of authors, email addresses, and affiliations are required. There is no limit to the number of contributing authors but you will need to indicate who will be presenting. There will be an option to combine with other similar proposals within the submission process.

Submissions are due on September 27th.  

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Please email with any questions: midwesteco2019@gmail.com