Quick Facts about Walking the Talk – Bringing Social Justice and Diversity to Direct Practice

Quick Facts

1. We hope that holding an all-day conference instead of individual sessions will gather a larger audience to hear your message, and presenters will not have to secure a date or a space: the conference space holds 150 people and we will have all of the A/V equipment already set up for you.

2. A little differently from the grant challenge, we are asking that ONLY students present at the conference, although you’re welcome to invite a co-speaker who isn’t a student at Silver. We want YOUR ideas, your concerns, your voices to be front-and-center – this is the first Social Justice and Diversity Grant event that is exclusively by students, for students. It’s an opportunity to speak out, to be heard, and to discuss.

3. Each presentation slot is one hour in length, and in that time, you can present your material in any way that can be executed in a large conference hall with a riser, a podium, a huge screen and great stereo sound, and everyone seated at round tables for maximal interaction – you can show a film and ask for discussion, you can use a PowerPoint or Prezi slide show, you can role play, sing a song, have participants draw or interact at their tables or (creatively) as a large group…we ask that your presentation incorporate an interactive component, but how you want to do that is entirely up to you. We can provide you with flipcharts, markers, PlayDough – whatever you need (within reason, but we’ll try to get it for you).

4. Only 6 presentations will be selected out of all the proposals we receive, so the “challenge” part of the grant initiative remains! We will be selecting presentations based on three factors: the strength of your case for the topic’s impact on direct practice; how you intend to engage the conference participants; and how knowledgeable and organized the proposal appears.

5. If your proposal is accepted, you will receive free presentation coaching and assistance with your visual aids; a certificate of presentation; lots of NYU swag; the ability to put the presentation on your resume; and most importantly, the knowledge that you did everything you could to convey the importance of your topic to fellow students. With funding from the School’s Social Justice and Diversity Grant, Student Affairs will cover all printing costs for handouts and other needed materials, so there should be no cost to you to present.

6. Topics can include anything related to the intersections of social justice and diversity and direct practice at the micro, meso or macro level, including but not limited to the impact of race, ethnicity, citizenship, homelessness, ability, age, body size, gender, sexual identity, language, education, socioeconomic status, privilege/power/ally-ship, legal representation, segregation, mental health…if you can make an argument for its utility in and relevance to direct practice, we’ll consider it.

7. Any student who wishes to attend must get permission from their Field Supervisor.

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