Policy Conference 2.0 2018

For 20 years, Influencing Social Policy (ISP) has supported social work faculty in their efforts to educate and mobilize students to engage in the policy process.  Now it’s time to set the course for the next 20 years! Register today!

The Conference will take place at The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from May 31-June 2, 2018.  It begins on May 31 at 5:00 p.m. with a light reception, followed at 6:00-7:30 p.m. by the Opening Plenary session.

Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director of Empower Missouri and a former representative to the Missouri legislature will give kick off the conference by addressing “Social Policy Change: Aligning Our Thinking, Doing and Being.”  The second plenary session, on Friday morning, will be presented by Nicole Hudson, Deputy Mayor for Racial Equality and Priority Initiatives, City of St. Louis. Nicole’s talk is titled, “Policy and Equity: What Cities Can Do to Expand Opportunity and Access.”

We are thrilled to announce a special panel presentation by several of ISP’s founding members: Bob Schneider, Jim Kunz, Kathy Byers, and Tony Bibus. They will be reflecting on the past 20 years of social work in policy and sharing their thoughts about maximizing impact in the next twenty. We’ll close out the day with a special reception and celebration in honor of ISP’s anniversary.

In addition to these major sessions, the conference includes more than 45 breakout sessions (paper presentations, workshops, roundtables, and posters), as well important updates on current policy-related happenings in the profession and our annual BSW, MSW, PhD, and faculty awards. Come and mingle with friends! Meet new colleagues! Enjoy being part of the social work policy community.

Saturday, June 2,  will close with a final panel entitled “Social Media.Social Action.Social Policy,” examining the role of social media in the future of policy practice. We have an amazing lineup of presenters including Hawk Newsome, New York Chapter Director of Black Lives Matter; Jonathan Schwabish, Senior Fellow at the Urban Institute; and De Nichols, Social Media Entrepreneur.

Accommodations are 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. [Please note: to get the ISP rate, reservations must be made by May 11th.]

Other nearby hotels include the Moonrise (moonrisehotel.com, 866-202-1814) and the Cheshire (cheshirestl.com, 314-647-7300).

If you are interested in being matched with a roommate for the 2018 Policy 2.0 conference, please contact Housing Coordinator Michel Coconis at michel.coconis@gmail.com with 2.0 Roommate in the subject line.

Transportation from the St. Louis Airport is available by cab or Metro-Link (exiting at Washington University, Big Bend exit).  For more detailed information, please click here.

A full-day Policy Teaching Institute (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will precede the opening of the Conference on May 31st. The Teaching Institute offers innovative, hands-on strategies and tools for teaching policy.  The keynote speaker at this year’s Institute will be Marian Harris, Professor of Social Work, University of Washington – Tacoma.  Her talk is titled, “Oppression and Race: Teachable Moments Now or Never.”  Skilled and experience instructors will offer half-day sessions on: Making Policy Meaningful, The Policy Process, Teaching Political Social Work, and Policy Across Political Diversity.

If you are not currently an ISP member and would like to become one, we hope you will take a moment to join. One year memberships are $40; two year memberships are $75; and student memberships are $15/year.

Don’t wait! Register now! Hope to see you at Policy Conference 2.0 in St. Louis.