The Power of MACRO Social Work: Forging Pathways Toward a More Just and Equitable World

Like us, we know many of you were excitedly anticipating the first national MACRO Conference and Teaching Institute to be held in St. Louis from May 28-May 30, 2020. It is with deep disappointment that we communicate the decision to postpone MACRO Conference 2020 and the Teaching Institute until 2021. While the specific dates are yet to be determined, we are likely to convene during the weekend following Memorial Day, as we have in the past.

The planning partners of MACRO Conference 2020 are following the advice of the U.S. Department of State and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because our first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved.

We hope the information below will answer your questions. If not, please contact Andrew Seibert (aseibert@uw.edu) for information or clarification.

Presentations and Instructors

Please be assured that all presentations accepted for MACRO Conference 2020 and all instructors accepted for the Teaching Institute will automatically be accepted for 2021.

Hotel Reservations

  • Reservations made in the discounted block of rooms at the Moonrise Hotel have been cancelled by the hotel with no penalty.  If you would like to confirm your reservation has been cancelled, please contact the hotel directly at 314-721-1111 (www.moonrisehotel.com).

  • Reservations made in the discounted block of rooms at the Clayton Plaza Hotel
    will need to be cancelled individually.  Please contact the hotel directly at 314-719-1127 (www.cpclayton.com).

Registration Payments

All registrations made for 2020 will automatically be applied to next year’s conference. This way, you will not have to re-register or be subject to any potential increases in registration fees. 

If, instead, you would like your registration fee refunded, please complete the form (using the link below) to provide us with the necessary information.  Due to the volume of registrations, please do not send requests by email.  You will receive a response once your request has been processed.


You can also use the form to let us know that you would prefer to donate your payment for use in planning the 2021 Conference & Teaching Institute! Just know that we are not able to accept partial donations or provide a tax donation receipt.

Heartfelt Thanks

We would like to take this moment to extend our sincere gratitude to everyone who took the time to prepare a proposal abstract, to those of you who served as proposal reviewers, to our macro partners who embarked on this journey with Influencing Social Policy (ISP) to host a ground-breaking united macro conference (ACOSA, Clark-Fox Policy Institute, CRISP, Grand Challenges for Social Work, #MacroSW, and the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work), and to those individuals who spent the last year attending to details big and small to plan and host MACRO Conference 2020 and the Teaching Institute: members of the MACRO Conference 2020 Planning Subcommittee (Mimi Abramovitz, Darlyne Bailey, Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, Alice Gates, Lisa Hawash, Duane Neff, Gary Parker, Tamarie Willis, Kim Wirt) and members of the Teaching Institute 2020 Planning Subcommittee (Cheryl Hyde, Alfreda Iglehart, Heather Kanenberg, Shannon Lane, Clark Peters, Suzanne Pritzker).

When we are on the other side of this pandemic, we look forward to safely gathering with all of you in St. Louis to celebrate macro social work, to learn from one another, and to continue to strengthen our partnerships to work together for social change.

Best regards during this challenging time,

Amy Murphy-Nugen, Co-Chair, Conference Planning Subcommittee  Shannon Lane, Co-Chair, Conference Planning Subcommitte

Jill Manit, Chair, Teaching Institute Planning Subcommittee