Proposals for SELC Conference

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2023 Social Equity Leadership Conference



22nd Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference - Social Equity in Action

June 12-14, 2023

Westin Kansas City at Crown Center

Proposal Submissions

The National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has sponsored a conference on social equity for 22 years. This year NAPA Panel on Social Equity in Governance is partnering with the University of Kansas and the Mid-America Regional Council to hold the Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) in the heartland: Kansas City, MO, a region that has a long history of both perpetuating inequities as well as overcoming them through coalition building, deliberative and inclusive practices, and persistent commitment to action.

The overall goal of this year’s SELC is to help public administration practitioners advance social equity in policy and practice. We will try to find out “what works?” and, equally important, “why?” We may also learn from challenges, from failures, and from stunted performances as well by finding out “what doesn’t work” and “why not?” Learning what and why makes for an opportune space to link academics and practitioners, to wed theory and practice, and to identify emerging trends and needs. Our goal for this year is to have at least one practitioner and at least one academic participating on each panel, whether those panels are proposed in full or organized from individual submissions. Social equity academics are encouraged to submit current studies, theoretical considerations, or “emerging challenges or opportunities” for social equity scholarship and education. Practitioners are encouraged to submit an individual “case study” or “emerging challenge or opportunity” from their region that highlights successful or unsuccessful attempts at building more diverse, equitable, inclusive, just, and belonging communities, services, and/or public goods. These efforts are very often designed to address needs in some very specific policy domains including Policing; Health Outcomes; Educational Attainment/Workforce Skills; Housing; and Environmental and Social Justice Governance.

Several cross-cutting themes that are influencing the design and execution of social equity initiatives including:
• generational shifts in the workforce, in public perception, and in values and beliefs
• how technology has been used to both bridge divides and sow the seeds for division
• the advancement of new and tried and true tools of organizing and mobilization
• leading people through change processes
• the political and politicized context that now persists across the country in relation to advancing social equity goals and objectives
• the role of demographic shifts in relation to social equity goals and initiatives.

This year we are encouraging both individual and full panel submissions relative to what is working (or not working), why certain practices work (or don’t work) in specific policy domains and across cross-cutting themes, and emerging challenges and opportunities. New and established scholars will be asked to present research and theoretical advances. Practitioners will be asked to share examples or cases of successes and challenges faced in the field. New and established scholars will be asked to present research and theoretical advances. Panels will be generated to ensure a balance of practitioners and academics. To reiterate, we encourage the submission of individual cases and research projects that will be formed into panels by the program committee, as well as fully developed panels.

The request for proposals closing date is February 6, 2023. All sessions will be 90 minutes in length.

Proposals need to be submitted through the 2023 NAPA Social Equity Leadership Conference Proposal website located at: Below are the questions requested from each proposal applicant.