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*** The Southeast and Midwest Regions of the Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) invite you to submit a proposal to the 2021 joint ECO Conference.
Submit your proposal here, early submissions encouraged!
Final Submission Deadline*: Friday, October 22nd by 11:59 PM Central Time
*While in the past there have been ECO submission extensions, we will not extend the deadline this year. We encourage you to submit early so that presenters have enough time to prepare for the conference.
This year’s conference theme is Maintaining Momentum: Rest, Resilience, and Resistance in Community Research and Action. As advocates and lifelong learners, one of the greatest challenges is maintaining momentum within a system that intentionally tries to undermine, erase, and dilute calls for justice. The perennial nature of community research and action requires researchers, practitioners, and community members to sustain their cause and themselves, making rest and resilience themselves acts of resistance against oppression.
The conference program will include poster presentations, roundtable discussions, paper symposia, and mentoring opportunities.
Community research and action are innately intersectional and multisectoral. Therefore, topics may include, but are not limited to:
● Building resilience
● Fostering resistance
● Cultivating decolonization
● Community prevention and intervention with a focus on sustainable approaches ● Community healing through rest and revitalization
● Social justice, advocacy, and activism
The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) is an organization devoted to advancing theory, research, and social action. Its members are committed to promoting health and empowerment and to preventing problems in communities, groups, and individuals. SCRA serves many different disciplines that focus on community research and action beyond the walls of academia. The key tenants include:
1. Amplifying the voices of and experiences among diverse peoples and settings;2. Viewing people within their social, cultural, economic, geographic, and historicalcontexts (an ecological approach);
3. Collaborating among researchers, practitioners, and community members withmultiple methodologies. Such research and action must be undertaken to servethose community members directly concerned, and should be guided by theirneeds and preferences, as well as by their active participation;
4. Promoting competence and well-being by advocating for multi-level, multi-systemchange.
Southeast and Midwest ECO are regional extensions of SCRA. Ecological-CommunityPsychology (ECO) conferences are regional events organized by graduate students forthe gathering, knowledge sharing, and collaboration of community psychologists, students, researchers, and community members.
● Poster presentations
● Roundtable discussions
● Paper symposia
● Mentoring sessions may also be offered. Please indicate your interest in mentoring when you register for the conference.
● Title: Concise and descriptive. Please limit your title to 15-20 words. ● Authors: Full name, affiliation, and email address for each author. ● Proposal/Abstract: Should be 300 words or less. Do not include the title of the
proposal/abstract or any identifying information. As needed, use standard reference citations, but do not include a reference list.
● Roundtable: Roundtable sessions are designed to share ideas and facilitatedialogue on innovative research and community action. They are a deliberateattempt to create ECO’s spirit of casual and welcoming discussion amongstcolleagues during 45-60 minute sessions.
● Paper Symposia: Symposia consist of presentations of diverse, but thematicallysimilar research or practice projects with time for audience participation. Wewelcome 20-minute paper presentations submitted individually (that will becombined based on common themes) or with 1-2 other papers to form symposia.In addition to one abstract per paper (max. 300 words), submit one symposiumabstract (max. 150 words).
● Posters: Poster presentations are opportunities for presenters to use visual aidsto convey research, practice, or social action projects. The online conferenceplatform will have the capability to display multiple image formats along withauthor contact and supporting information. There will be a scheduled postersession so presenters can interact with attendees.