Conference Proposals

We invite conference proposals through February 21, 2020.  Proposals submitted by January 31, 2020 will receive priority consideration. Proposed conference workshops should be 50 minutes in length and should encourage active learning among participants. 

We are currently reviewing 2020 workshop proposals. 


The William & Mary Active Citizens Conference is a space for educating, uniting, and inspiring active citizens. Our 2020 conference theme is Now What? and we ask that proposals directly address what actions participants can take having attended that session. 

Generally, we prioritize proposals which highlight any of the following:

  • Sustained commitment to empowerment and justice
  • Key concepts of democratic engagement and citizenship
  • Skills and practices which help attendees prioritize community in their lives
More about successful proposals:
  • Workshops should provide participants opportunities to engage with each other in learning about the session topic and applying it to their unique situations. This might include facilitated discussions, panels, dialogues, reflection techniques, integration of media, arts or other creative formats, learning exchanges and other activities that engage participants in collective problem solving or other tasks.
  • Workshops will be 50 minutes long. Consider what you can comfortably fit in that 50 minute session and make clear in your session proposal how you plan to divide your time. 
  • Team presentations are encouraged by students, staff, faculty, community partners. Active citizenship calls us to work together for community change. 
  • Undergraduate students who are leading workshop sessions are required to identify a faculty/staff member who will review and provide feedback on a run-through of their session before March 24.  
  • We are seeking sessions which are open to a variety of experience levels.  If you have an intended audience for your session (e.g. alternative break participants, first year students, etc.)  share that with us in your conference proposal. Most conference attendees will be undergraduate students.
More about active citizenship:
The William & Mary Office of Community Engagement is proud to partner with Break Away, a national alternative breaks program, and we utilize their active citizens continuum across our efforts.  According to this continuum, as individuals engage with communities together they can move from member, volunteer, and conscientious citizen to active citizen. An active citizen is one who prioritizes community in their values and life choices and works with others to promote positive community-driven social change.