2021 Biennial

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Join us for the 18th Biennial Conference on Community Research and Action! 

June 22nd – 26th 2021

Uprooting White Supremacy


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The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA, Division 27 of the American Psychological Association) invites you to our 19th Biennial Conference!

The conference will take place virtually. It will begin on Tuesday June 22nd  and conclude on Saturday afternoon, June 26th. There will be two, 3-hour session blocks each day, one from 11am-2pm EDT and the other from 6pm-9pm EDT. Presenters will be able to indicate their preferred time block when they submit their proposals, but these are not guaranteed.

Sessions may be designed in three ways: 

  • Live, with all presenters and attendees present at the same time
  • Pre-recorded, with pre-recorded presentations shown to the attendees during the session time, with some or all presenters attending to answer questions and facilitate discussion
  • Hybrid, with parts of the session pre-recorded and others live, and some or all of the presenters attending the session 

Note that Ignite sessions are all pre-recorded, with the presenters attending the session.

All sessions will be recorded and will be available for attendee viewing for a full year after the conference.

Details about conference registration, including descriptions of the online platforms and links for training materials for presenters, will be provided on this website at a later date. All presenters must register for the conference and pay registration fees. 

Conference Fees: Information about registration fees will be posted on the conference website.

Call for Proposals

The conference theme is “Uprooting White Supremacy”. White supremacy is the belief that white people make up the superior race and that because of this, they should dominate society to the detriment of other races- often in an exclusionary manner. This conference seeks to uproot racist ideologies, and promote equity and healing. We will create community to share information that can be used to eliminate systemic racism embedded in policies, practices and systems, and reduce the spread of hate and injustice.                  

The omnipresent and systemic nature of white supremacy is manifested throughout the work of community psychology, regardless of the specific focus of that work. For that reason all proposals should include a discussion of the relevance of the proposal to the theme of the conference.

We encourage proposals in a variety of topic areas, particularly those related to impactful and transformative community research and action, including:

  • Social change, social innovation
  • Participatory Action Research (PAR) and other mixed, multi-method and empowering approaches to research
  • Multiculturalism, Indigenous rights, and racial justice
  • Economic equality for women and reproductive justice
  • LGBTQ2/Gender and Sexual Minorities (GSM) human rights and advocacy
  • Migration/immigration, displacement, and globalization
  • Social determinants of health, including in relation to the current pandemic
  • Global climate change and sustainability
  • Community organizing, coalition-building, and civic engagement, community activism
  • Community-campus partnerships, collaborations, and networks
  • Grassroots change efforts, creative economy and arts-based community action
  • Collaboratively advancing well-being of vulnerable communities through Innovative prevention and wellness programs
  • Values and ethics
  • Critical perspectives, liberation, and applications of critical theory in the community
  • Technological and social media innovations in promoting community health and well-being

Instructions for Preparing Program Submissions

To submit a proposal, please visit the Biennial web page and select the proposal submission link. Make sure to check specific instructions early as certain restrictions may apply. The deadline for receipt of program proposals is Sunday, May 9th, 2021, 11:55 PM (EST). 

Scroll  down this page for specific instructions.

Program Formats

Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly address one or more of the following expectations: (a) high quality, (b) congruence with the general conference theme and the topic areas listed above, (c) exemplars of community-academic engagement, (d) clear articulation of lessons learned from the session, and (d) collaboration. Proposals should include a description of formats and activities that will maximize audience participation. Innovative, creative, and art-based approaches toward this goal are encouraged. Please note that we will accept only one first-author submission per individual, and the first author on a submission will be the individual who submits the proposal to the system. Also, we ask that any single individual be listed in any role in no more than 5 separate proposals (not including poster presentations). Submissions should fall under one of the following seven categories:

  1. Poster Presentations facilitate individual and small group conversations through the use of a visual aid. Posters that highlight innovative methods for conference participant interaction are preferred. Poster presentations can emphasize research, practice, action, or other initiatives. Posters will be organized in thematic groups and be presented during designated poster sessions.
  2. Symposia provide a forum for discussion, debate, and explication of diverse perspectives as they pertain to the conference themes and/or tracks. Symposia may be used to present practice and/or research topics. Submissions that explicitly describe the process or method that will be used to facilitate audience interaction and dialogue will be preferred. Symposia typically include 3-4 related papers, a moderator, and a discussant.
  3. Ignite Presentations provide an opportunity to share research and ideas in a brief 5-minute format (20 slides at 15 seconds each) to ignite conversations and discussions between the presenters and the audience. Several speakers will follow each other in rapid transition followed by a time to engage in conversation. This format is ideal for presenting findings from smaller studies (e.g., student thesis projects), a new tool or method, or research that is still in progress. Examples of this type of format can be found at http://p2i.eval.org/index.php/ignite/ and http://www.pechakucha.org/faq.
  4. Town Hall Meetings feature participant discussions of critical and current issues or important future directions pertaining to community research, values, and action and the field of community psychology. This format is most appropriate for exploring the broad issues that cut across the conference theme, subthemes, and related topics. One or more facilitators may lead a town hall meeting.
  5. Workshops provide a means to teach new skills of relevance to the field (e.g., specific methods, analytical techniques, community outreach strategies).
  6. ‘The Innovative Other’ session provides an opportunity to submit sessions that do not fit within any of the other categories. This format is especially suitable for arts-based, technology-based, and practice-based presentations.

Additional program components will include mentoring sessions, panel sessions with keynote speakers, and social events.

Questions related to the program can be sent to biennialprogram@scra27.org.

Submitting a Presentation Proposal

Submission Proposal Portal

The deadline for receipt of program proposals is Sunday, May 9th, 2021, 11:55 PM (EST).  

Make sure to review these instructions carefully in order to ensure your submission goes smoothly. 

Instructions for Logging in to the System

You will be asked to log in using your SCRA membership profile. Your username is the email address associated with your membership account. If you do not remember your password please email infoscra@scra27.org. If you have been a member in the past but your membership has lapsed please email infoscra@scra27.org for instructions on how to renew your membership. 

If you want to submit a proposal and you are not a past or present SCRA member please email infoscra@scra27.org to have a guest profile created. Please note that you will need to become a member in order to register for the Biennial conference. 

Instructions for Submitting Your Proposal

Please review the following instructions before beginning your proposal submission.

  • The person submitting the proposal will be listed as first author.
  • Only one first author submission per person will be allowed in the system (not including poster presentations). Please plan for this when deciding who will submit your proposal. 
  • You will need to select the format of your presentation. Be sure that what you are submitting fits the format you choose. If you are unclear about the formats available you can review them in the Call for Proposals above. 
  • Please have all of the necessary information, including all presentation titles, abstracts and author information, ready when you make your submission
  • For each author/presenter you will need:
    • First name
    • Last name
    • Email address
    • Organization
  • The word limit for each individual abstract is 300 words. The number of abstracts you submit will depend upon your specific presentation. 
  • You will be asked to select a suggested session length of 60 or 75 minutes. The final determination of the session length will be made by the conference organizers. 
  • All information will be used as entered in the conference programPlease be thorough and consistent in completing your field entries and double-check for spelling errors. You will not be able to modify your proposal after submission. Conventions are:
    •  Do not include degrees with author names
    • All major words in abstract titles are capitalized
  • You can save your submission at any time by hitting the "Save" button and return any time up until the submission deadline, however, once you hit the "Save and Finalize" button you will no longer be able to make changes.

Important Reminders:

  • Priority will be given to proposals that explicitly address one or more of the following expectations: (a) high quality, (b) congruence with the general conference theme and the topic areas listed in the Call for Proposals above, (c) exemplars of community-academic engagement, (d) clear articulation of lessons learned from the session.
  • Proposals should include a description of formats and activities that will maximize audience participation. Innovative, creative, and art-based approaches toward this goal are encouraged.

If you have problems or questions with the submission process please email biennialprogram@scra27.org