Southeast ECO Conference



Changing Tides: Empowering Communities & Challenging Systemic Injustice

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2020 Southeast ECO Conference

Changing Tides: Empowering Communities & Challenging Systemic Injustice

Georgia State University & Morehouse College - Online

October 16-17, 2020

Call For Proposals

The Southeast Region of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2020 Southeast ECO Conference, Changing Tides: Empowering Communities & Challenging Systemic Injustice. This conference is organized by graduate students with the goal of sharing knowledge relative to community psychology and related fields by connecting students, researchers, community members, and scientists to share experiences in an effort to reduce social inequalities and empower marginalized communities. These goals are more salient than ever as public health and social justice waves awash our communities.

Changing Tides aims to focus first and foremost on...

  1. Individual and Community Wellness
  2. Fighting Oppression
  3. Reducing Social Inequalities
  4. Empowerment

We believe this is possible by sticking to the values of Community Psychology (CP)…

A.            Action-Oriented Research

B.             Empirical Grounding

C.             Community Collaborations

D.            Capacity Building

E.             Setting Analysis

We encourage submission especially of work at the juxtaposition of our conference foci (#1-4) and CP values (A-D) above. This event will be hosted by Georgia State University online on October 16th and 17th. The new (and improved!) Submission due date is September 15th, 5:00PM (submit here). 

The presentations will be mixed recorded and live. Formats will include presentations (posters, oral, symposia), discussions (roundtable, mentorship chats), and additional innovative sessions--see below!

Keynote Speaker


Our Keynote speaker will be the esteemed Dr. Roderick Watts. Dr. Watts combines cutting-edge research and a strong theoretical framework with a commitment to social justice. His work encompasses liberation psychology, manhood development, and sociopolitical development theory; for the past few years he has been investigating the connection between a person’s awareness of injustice and his or her willingness to act on this awareness. Trained in clinical and community psychology, he has worked with many nonprofit and community-based organizations, in particular in the area of African American youth development, and has been continuously involved in men’s group work for twenty years. He is coeditor of Human Diversity: Perspectives on People in Context (1994), which offers practical guidelines on conducting diversity-conscious and diversity-sensitive projects and research, and he contributed to the book Beyond Resistance! Youth Activism and Community Change (2006). He is the Principal Consultant at Action Research Associates  and the PI at Research2Action.

SE ECO 2020 Submission Portal & Details

Formats include...

  • Presentation Sessions:

    • Poster Presentations: Posters are individual, free-standing presentations. They allow for the brief explanation of a research or community project. They are useful for presenters who would benefit from interactive discussion around their work. These projects are suited for graphic and visual presentation. Undergraduate and graduate student research proposals are encouraged. Works in progress are also encouraged. Proposals should include background, hypothesis, methods, results or expected results, and conclusions.

    • Oral Presentations: Oral presentations are submitted as individual, free-standing presentations. These presentations may be structured within a larger, lecture-based panel by event organizers. During the review period, SE ECO section program chairs review and rank individually volunteered submissions and form them into cohesive sessions of presenters. These cohesive sessions are then evaluated by section program chairs of that section and ranked.

      • Single Paper: Single paper presentations should include background, hypothesis, methods, results or expected results, and conclusions.

      • Storytelling: Storytelling is a social and cultural way to share narratives and experiences for entertainment, education, and cultural preservation. This platform is open for students, community members, teachers, and researchers to share experiences and narratives that speak to our theme, foci, and values. Proposals should outline the main points of the narrative and how it fits with the conference theme. Storytelling submissions can also include an audio file with a summary or snippet of the story. We welcome individual and group storytelling submissions.

      • Teach-Ins: Teach-Ins are opportunities for an expert on a social or political issue to present a lecture, debate, or discussion to fellow conference members. This format is encouraged for members who can teach the SE ECO community around a particular method, theory, practical application, or lessons learned from a community-based experience. Teach-Ins will be allotted 30-45 minutes each. Proposals should include the nature and significance of the proposed topic, description of activities and goals, and the background of the presenter(s).

      • Symposia: Symposia are oral presentations by more than two speakers and a moderator. It consists of inviting several people to present on a specific topic. The moderator may synthesize or summarize the presentations at the end of the session, and will oversee the Q&A and discussion.

      • Roundtable Panels: Roundtable Panels are panels of more than two speakers and a moderator. It consists of inviting several people to give their opinion or comment on a specific topic (usually presented one after the other in the session preceding the roundtable). The moderator may synthesize or summarize the presentations at the end of the session, and will oversee the Q&A and discussion.

      • Whiteboard Co-Space: Whiteboard co-spaces are digital whiteboard spaces where attendees can visually graph out ideas relevant to any other module. It will funcion liked a shared Google Slides page. Attendees will be able to link conference presentations, papers, and attendee profiles. Attendees can also link external web pages. Attendees suggest edits, and moderators control final edits.

  • Community Discussion - Mbongi: According to The Association of Black Psychologists, “Mbongi is a word in the Kikongo language which means "learning place". When people come together to resolve a community problem, the problem-solving meeting is referred to as an Mbongi. The Mbongi assemblies are designed to "plead our case", and to critique and clarify important social issues which concern us dearly.” The facilitator will help engender a civil, in-depth, perspective-seeking discussion on a suggested topic (see the late Dr. Hillard’s video example).

Submission Instructions

  1. Title. Your title should be concise and descriptive. Please limit your title to 15-20 words.

  2. Authors. Full name, affiliation, and email address for each author.

  3. Proposal/Abstract. Proposals/Abstracts should be 300 words or less. Your proposal must be copied and pasted into the submission website. Do not include the title of the abstract or any identifying information in your abstract. Use standard reference citations, but do not include a reference list.

  4. Audio/Video. Audio/video files will be required for Oral Presentations, but only after a submission acceptance. Further instruction then.

To submit a proposal, please use this submission portal.

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Conference Schedule

9:00 - 9:30

Reimagining the New Normal in Photovoice

Counternarratives Against Imperial Historicism

Critical GIS Demo and Resource Share

Exploring the Convergence of Interpersonal and Intergroup Violence

9:30 - 10:00

A culturally adaptive intervention targeted to Black churches to enhance mental wellness

10:00 - 10:10

BREAK! ~10 min.

10:10 - 10:30

Graduate student housing insecurity at Portland State University

Innovative Approach to Addressing Health Disparities and COVID-19

Public health clinic readiness for promoting mental health equity

Neurodiversity in Graduate School

10:30 - 10:50

Campus-Specific Sense of Community and Critical Consciousness

Youth Empowered Solutions to COVID-19


10:50 - 11:00

BREAK! ~10 min.

11:00 - 12:00

Pandemic University: Fighting back, claiming community, and taking care

A collaborative conversation on how to gain undergraduate research experience in non-traditional ways

Integrating Social Justice in Clinical Practice

Expanding our CP toolkit: Curating our knowledge base and building collective capacity for abolition-oriented advocacy and public policy

12:00 - 12:10

BREAK! ~10 min.

12:10 - 1:00

Graduate Student Mentoring Panel

Faculty Mentoring Panel

Non-Academic Mentoring Professional Panel

1:00 - 1:40

Student Breakout

Faculty/Professional Breakout

1:40 - 2:10

Poster Focus

2:10 - 2:20

BREAK! ~10 min.

2:20 - 2:40

Fostering first-generation students' rates of degree completion through addressing disparities in institutional knowledge

Creating Hands-On Animal Research Experiences in Underserved Communities


A Preliminary Evaluation of a School-Based CVE Program

2:40 - 2:50

BREAK! ~10 min.

2:50 - 3:50

Linking 21st century learning with student interests in afterschool program development through evolving manifestations

Challenging Racism in Academia

Community Engagement & Harm Reduction In Serving Homelessness

Forging Authentic Community-University Engagement: The Wake Community-University Partnership (WakeCUP)

3:50 - 4:00

BREAK! ~10 min.

4:00 - 5:00

Keynote & Wrap-Up!





15 min presentation, 5 min Q&A



45 min presentation, 15 min Q&A



45 min presentation, 15 min Q&A



1 hr



25 min presentation, 5 min Q&A



50 min



40 min


Poster Focus

30 min



30 min. presentation, 10 min. Q&A


 Download a pdf of the schedule here.