Policy Conference 2.0  Successes and Solutions: Policies that Work

June 1-3, 2017

DESCRIPTION  This Conference provides a collective space for social work students, faculty, and practitioners with a passion for social policy and policy practice to learn from each other, grapple with complex policy issues, and share research, practice, and teaching wisdom. We invite you to participate in the dialogue as we set our course and agenda for the future.

This year’s Policy Conference will again include exciting plenary speakers, workshops, presentations and posters, opportunities for networking, a special research panel showcasing rigorous scholarship, and recognition of the Influencing Social Policy (ISP) national contest winners.  Confirmed plenary speakers include Tanya Rhodes Smith, Director of the Nancy A. Humphreys Institute for Political Social Work, and Denise Lieberman, a lawyer with the Advancement Project who is nationally known for her efforts to combat voter suppression. Suzanne Pritzker will share some hot-off-the press data from a recent CSWE survey about policy in social work education, and a special panel will highlight rigorous policy research.

We will also be fortunate to hear from three Policy Pioneers: Nancy Amidei, Mark Rank, and Paul Stuart. This interactive session, an annual highlight of the Conference, will afford participants an opportunity to hear insights about the past and suggestions for the future from long-time luminaries in the field. All this and dozens of presentations and workshops, too!

REGISTRATION  The Conference will take place at The Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from June 1-3, 2017.  It begins on June 1st at 5:30 p.m. with an Opening Reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Opening Plenary session. We’ll end with a final lunch & a facilitated dialogue on Saturday, finishing at 2:00 p.m. The conference registration fee is $180.  The fee for student participants is $80.

Click here to register for this year’s Conference.

ACCOMMODATIONS  Accommodations will be available at the Knight Center on the Washington University campus.  Room rates are $119/night and include a complimentary breakfast.  Reservations can be made by calling 866-933-9400 and asking for the “Influencing Social Policy” rate.  Reservations should be made as soon as possible to ensure room availability.

Other nearby hotels include:

  • Moonrise (, 866-202-1814)
  • Cheshire (, 314-647-7300)

TRANSPORTATION  Transportation from the St. Louis Airport is available by cab or Metro-Link (exiting at Washington University, Big Bend exit).

A full-day Policy Teaching Institute (8:30am-4:30pm) will precede the opening of the Conference on June 1, 2017.  To register, click here.





Oregon State Representative Joe Gallegos (right) with Adriana Miranda, Demie Shiferaw, Katie Wyatt, and Mia Prohaska