2015 Policy Conference 2.0
Social Work as Action: Confronting Injustice
(download the program)

Wyndham Garden Hotel, Austin, Texas
May 28-30, 2015


“Fabulous conference! Inspiring, rejuvenating.”

“I am so grateful to the conference organizers for creating a rich and powerful event.”

“Plenary sessions were phenomenal!”

“Once a year is not enough”

These are among the many enthusiastic responses to Policy Conference 2.0, held May 28-30, 2015 in Austin, TX. The conference, sponsored by Influencing Social Policy (ISP), brought together more than 100 faculty, students, and practitioners from across the USA and abroad to share new developments, teaching strategies, research knowledge, and practice wisdom around policy and policy practice.

A highlight of the conference were plenary presentations by George Goehl, Director of National People’s Action, a network of grassroots community organizations seeking lasting change in the social and economic structures that foster inequality and racism; Susan Grettenberger, social work program director at Central Michigan University and a former Congressional candidate; Rick Hoefer, editor of the Journal of Policy Practice; and Pat White, director of the New York Community Trust Fund for Social Policy Education and Practice.

In keeping with the tradition begun last year, we also honored our policy pioneers: Diana DiNitto from the University of Texas at Austin and Michael Sherraden from Washington University in St. Louis — both highly-respected authors and researchers. They shared their keen insights into where social work has been and where it needs to go.