Midwest ECO Conference



*** The Southeast and Midwest Regions of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) invite you to submit a proposal to the 2021 joint ECO Conference.

Program available here

This year’s conference theme is Maintaining Momentum: Rest, Resilience, and Resistance in Community Research and ActionAs advocates and lifelong learners, one of the greatest challenges is maintaining momentum within a system that intentionally tries to undermine, erase, and dilute calls for justice. The perennial nature of community research and action requires researchers, practitioners, and community members to sustain their cause and themselves, making rest and resilience themselves acts of resistance against oppression. 

The conference program will include poster presentations, roundtable discussions, paper symposia, and mentoring opportunities. 

Community research and action are innately intersectional and multisectoral. Therefore, topics may include, but are not limited to: 

● Building resilience 

● Fostering resistance 

● Cultivating decolonization 

● Community prevention and intervention with a focus on sustainable approaches ● Community healing through rest and revitalization

● Social justice, advocacy, and activism 

The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) is an organization devoted to advancing theory, research, and social action. Its members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals. SCRA serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action beyond the walls of academia. The key tenants include: 

1. Amplifying the voices of and experiences among diverse peoples and settings;2. Viewing people within their social, cultural, economic, geographic, and historicalcontexts (an ecological approach); 

3. Collaborating among researchers, practitioners, and community members withmultiple methodologies. Such research and action must be undertaken to servethose community members directly concerned, and should be guided by theirneeds and preferences, as well as by their active participation; 

4. Promoting competence and well-being by advocating for multi-level, multi-systemchange. 

Southeast and Midwest ECO are regional extensions of SCRA. Ecological-CommunityPsychology (ECO) conferences are regional events organized by graduate students forthe gathering, knowledge sharing, and collaboration of community psychologists, students, researchers, and community members.