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

** The planning partners of MACRO Conference 2020 are following the advice of the U.S. Department of State and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and have made the difficult decision to postpone MACRO Conference 2020 & the Teaching Institute until 2021. Please know that our first priority is the health, safety, and well-being of everyone involved. Please continue to check the website for updated information. All your questions will be answered soon. **


For 20 years, Influencing Social Policy (ISP) has supported social work educators, practitioners, and students eager to engage in social policy and the policy process. Our 2020 Conference broadens our MACRO focus! In partnership with ACOSA, Clark-Fox Policy Institute, CRISP, Grand Challenges for Social Work, #MacroSW, the Special Commission to Advance Macro Practice in Social Work and other macro partners we announce the first-ever, ground-breaking MACRO Social Work Conference: The Power of Macro Social Work: Forging Pathways Toward a More Just and Equitable World.

The Macro Teaching Institute is a full day on May 28, 2020 from 8:30AM to 4:30PM that will precede the opening of the MACRO Conference 2020. The institute consists of intensive workshops that demonstrate key assignments, simulations, group discussions, online instruction, or other engaging teaching strategies across policy and macro curricula. Participants of the Teaching Institute enjoy hands on experimentation and expect to leave with a toolkit of innovative and creative teaching strategies.

Please complete the form through the Teaching Institute Call for Instructors Link to submit your proposal to serve as an Instructor during the Teaching Institute. Ideal instructors will have teaching experience and proposed an innovative teaching strategy with promise to offer participants hands-on exposure and resources to support the strategy. We are open to a wide variety of proposed teaching strategies for either face-to-face or online modalities, but are particularly interested in the following topic areas: 1) Getting students excited about impacting government and legislative processes; 2) Essential skills of policy and macro practice; 3) Anti-racist and anti-oppressive policy and macro practice; 4) Integrating elections into policy and macro courses; 5) Environmental justice.

Please share with your networks and forward to other people who would be great instructors for the Teaching Institute or interested in presenting at the Macro Conference.

We look forward to seeing you in St. Louis for this historic MACRO gathering!


Teaching Institute 2020 Planning Sub-Committee

Cheryl Hyde, Alfreda Iglehart, Heather Kanenberg, Shannon Lane, Jill Manit (chair), Clark Peters, Suzanne Pritzker

MACRO Conference 2020 Planning Sub-Committee

Mimi Abramovitz, Darlyne Bailey, Dianna Cooper-Bolinskey, Alice Gates, Lisa Hawash, Shannon Lane (Co-Chair), Amy Murphy-Nugen (Co-Chair), Duane Neff, Gary Parker, Tamarie Willis, Kim Wirt