Please join the Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service on August 3, 2017 in celebrating “Forensic Social Work’s Role in Advancing Human Rights and Social Justice: A Local Global Celebration.” The event will bring together social workers and allies whose work entails promoting human rights and social justice and individual, family, and community well-being at the intersection of the civil and criminal justice legal systems. The planning committee has chosen the following themes to highlight the contributions of forensic social workers: (1) peace, safety, and security, (2) freedom from torture, cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment, (3) the right to the arts and science, (4) access to justice and fairness, and (5) the right to health and holistic well-being (e.g. physical, mental, spiritual, education, economic, social, political, cultural).The celebration will feature invited presenters that include Fordham social work faculty and community partners whose contributions to their local and global communities advance one or more of the identified themes. Participants will include professionals, researchers, advocates, educators, community-based agencies, and community members.  Participants have the opportunity to participate in skill building workshops, and engage in large and small group discussions that entail the use of critical reflective dialogue on the past, present, and future trends of the root causes and consequences of the underlying social issues that influence the forensic social work response. 
CALL FOR WORKSHOPS AND CREATIVE SESSIONS: We are seeking dynamic and innovative social workers and allies to present workshops and/or creative sessions that will support our goal of strengthening the role and collective commitment and action as well as deepen the discourse on these identified themes. The workshops or creative sessions should fulfill the following criteria:
· Relevant: the workshop/session/space should either be an educational opportunity to inspire dialogue and sharing on the central themes within the local or global communities or be a skills building opportunity that will enable people with practical applications and tools to advance human rights in their local or global arenas.
· Flexible and Creative: The workshop/session may use a variety of formats or media. This includes but not limited to roundtable or panel discussions, dance, visual arts, spoken word, theatre, video, powerpoint, etc….
· Culturally Sensitive: Presentations should be culturally sensitive, as participants will be from a diverse range of backgrounds, experiences, and geographic locations.
Please submit your proposal submission by June 15, 2017. The proposal submission requires:

1.    Abstract of Presentation - maximum of 300 words describing:
·      Three learning objectives of the presentation and how it connects to the themes
·      Presentation and media needs

2.    Presenter/s Information
·      A 100 word Biosketch (also upload lead presenter resume and.or CV)
·      Organizational Background – For organizations, please provide a 50 word or less description
Please submit here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FordhamFSW
Registration for this event at:https://www.eventbrite.com/e/forensic-social-works-role-in-advancing-human-rights-and-social-justice-a-local-global-celebration-tickets-33312994062
Participants will notified of abstract of acceptance on a rolling basis and by no later than: July 1, 2017
For more information, please contact Tina Maschi at tmaschi@fordham.edu
For CEH credits, contact Keila Zapata-Kelly at: kzapatakelly@fordham.edu