Date & Time: June 4 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Location: Virtual (Synchronous)

In partnership with the ISWEJ (Institute for Social Work and Ecological Justice), Adelphi University School of Social Work is pleased to present the 4th Annual Social Work and Ecological Justice Conference: Solving it Together: Ecosocial Work Progress and Potential. 

ISWEJ (Institute for Social Work and Ecological Justice


Social media and news platforms daily highlight the concurrent harm inflicted upon people, species, and the planet happening by pervasive interlocking systems of racism, oppression, and inequity. While this messaging is important, it can also render efforts to address such systems overwhelming, daunting and isolating. These emotions are shared by all, necessitating active engagement in work around environmental justice and racism.

This conference will foster a global conversation seeking to celebrate social work’s progress within climate change and environmental justice work and elevate the new voices and innovative approaches being made to continue this work in support of the physical, mental, environmental, and social health of those we serve, those who serve, and the earth we all are a part of. Through mutual aid, learning from our past, adapting to present needs, and striving to connect the local to the global, we can expand on the momentum we’ve already created. This is a call to action for your involvement to expand this work within social work and related helping professions and strengthen our collective futures.

Accepted proposals will offer actionable and replicable tools focusing on the many intersections between practice, policy initiatives, and environmental justice.

Proposal opportunities include:

  • Presentations (30 minutes)
  • Call to Action Speed sessions  (5 minutes)
  • Student Poster Presentations (see previous years posters)
  • NEW THIS YEAR! To accommodate a larger audience and our international colleagues who may have time zone constraints, we are offering a new opportunity to submit something for inclusion on ISWEJ’s website and email newsletter. These submissions can be in written (case studies, resources, tools, opinion pieces, poetry etc.) and/or audiovisual (art, song, photography/Photovoice, etc.) format of no more than 1,000 words including references/citations. These must be personal materials that haven’t been published elsewhere unless permission was granted for redistribution.
    Examples of Prior Posts

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  1. Explore innovative approaches and emerging voices within social work’s engagement with climate change and environmental justice.
  2. Identify strategies for overcoming feelings of overwhelm, dauntingness, and isolation in the pursuit of environmental justice and anti-racism efforts.
  3. Discuss the importance of mutual aid and community support in advancing environmental justice initiatives.
  4. Analyze past successes and challenges in climate change and environmental justice work within social work, and apply lessons learned to current efforts.
  5. Create action plans for expanding involvement in environmental justice work within social work and related helping professions.
  6. Foster collaboration and networking opportunities to strengthen collective efforts in advancing environmental justice and anti-racism work.
  7. Commit to ongoing learning and advocacy in support of the health of communities, individuals, and the planet.

Call for Proposals

Proposal Type Deadline How to Submit

30-minute and 5-minute speed session

Monday, May 6, 2024.

Acceptances will be sent by May 17, 2024.

Presentation and Call to Action Speed Session Proposals

Student Poster Presentations  (Bachelor, Master, PhD or DSW)

Abstracts: Monday, May 6, 2024

If accepted, the poster will be due May 20, 2024.

Acceptances will be emailed on a rolling basis.

Abstract Submission

ISWEJ/Adelphi Website.Newsletter Submissions

Monday, May 20, 2024


Registrations and Cost

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Laura Nissen

Dr. Laura Nissen

Former Dean and Professor Laura Burney Nissen is with the Portland State University School of Social Work. With a commitment to innovative and equity-centered systems change, Laura has worked with futures practice and lenses throughout her career. She is a foresight practitioner and a Research Fellow with the Institute for the Future. She is the PI and Director of the national Social Work Health Futures Lab funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of this initiative is to bring futures thinking and frameworks to the social work profession. Laura is also a Presidential Futures Fellow at Portland State University where she has been a founder of the university-wide Futures Collaboratory. She is equally dedicated to supporting the successful evolution of public universities into a thriving future.

Laura’s passion is getting others excited and energized about their role in building a better future.

Credentialing Information

Continuing Education Credits

This program has been approved for the following continuing education credits:

  • NYSED Social Workers
  • NYSED Psychology
  • ASWB Social Work
  • OASAS Renewal Credits Pending

Successful completion for the award of approved continuing education credits requires attendance at the entire training/workshop and submission of a completed evaluation form. See full credentialing information and CEUs New York State Office of the Professions (NYSED) regulations require that participants must be present for the entire approved educational activity in order to receive a certificate for continuing education hours. There is no accommodation in the State regulations for late arrival, late return from lunch or breaks, or early departure.

Cancellation Policy

No refund can be made for cancellation seven or fewer working days before the onset of the postgraduate certificate program. Cancellations occurring more than seven working days before the onset of the program will result in a refund less the amount of the deposit. Requests for refunds must be received in writing.

Disclaimer: The University reserves the right to cancel this or any program due to insufficient enrollment. Registrants will be notified and full refunds will be issued.

Accessibility Statement

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Adelphi University require that all events be accessible. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact the event host identified on the event webpage; please allow for a reasonable time frame. The event host, when necessary, will collaborate with the Student Access Office.

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