Share your Work at Inaugural Social Justice Symposium

Whitman social justice symposium
Students are encouraged to apply to submit work related to conference themes.

The Renee Crown University Honors program is delighted to co-host the first annual Social Differences, Social Justice Symposium. The Symposium will be held in-person and virtually (hybrid) on March 31, 2022. Research scholars, including students, are invited to apply to present their work, performances, and other forms of expression that speak to the symposium’s themes.

The symposium will explore the themes of equity, social justice and global transformation. These fundamental issues and other forms of social deprivation of marginalized groups remain unresolved. Global contestations of existing systems and structures are highlighted by discussions on fairer distributions of resources and equal opportunities for all—especially for traditionally marginalized groups. These challenges include access to quality education at all levels, access to quality and affordable healthcare, access to a universal basic income, protection of our climate, the right to immigrate, the right to be free from violence, civil strife and armed conflict, pandemics, environmental disasters, and the need for sustainable development.

There is an urgent need for rigorous research and debate regarding these grand challenges. As such, how can scholars and researchers at leading universities, such as Syracuse University, spearhead the process and engage our students, communities, and policymakers in forging a common path forward? How can our work contribute to improving our communities while at the same time improving the well-being of others in distant places? How can scholars better understand prevailing narratives and counter-narratives on current socio-political, economic and other changes which impact our human condition? Interdisciplinary research in the humanities, social sciences, professional disciplines and sciences is crucial to unpacking these phenomena.

This symposium seeks to engage established and emerging scholars, including students, who are conducting transformative research and investigating these issues. Presentations can take multiple forms, including teams. As a general rule, individual presentations will be approximately 20-30 minutes.

Submission Process and Deadline 
We seek presentations of works in progress, completed papers, performances and other forms of expression that speak to these themes.  

Presentation Submission Deadline: February 28, 2022
To learn more about the Social Differences, Social Justice Cluster, please visit their website. To join or submit work to the Social Differences, Social Justice Cluster, please email: Kira Reed at

Faculty, graduate and undergraduate students from Syracuse University and partnering schools are welcome to attend the research conference. There is no registration fee to attend or participate. The registration link for the symposium will be available on March 8, 2022.



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