2023 Call for Proposals

Organizations and individuals are invited to respond to this Request for Proposals to lead a session at NSAC 2023.


Timeline

  • The Call for Proposals online portal will open January 31, 2023
  • The Call for Proposals submission deadline is February 14, 2023
  • If your proposal is selected, you will be notified by May 10, 2023

Submissions

All initial proposals must be submitted to one (1) of the following primary tracks:

Submissions to the Advocacy and Intervention for Survivors track should describe the intention to create and build community support and resources for survivors of sexual violence and gender-based violence and to expand the capacity and collective strength of the advocates and interventionists who play a significant role in their healing journey.

Submissions to the Alternative Justice track should describe successful approaches and programs that center on transformative justice, restorative justice, and other systems of community accountability in the context of responding to sexual violence and promoting healthy communities. Submissions for this track should identify the needs of communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the criminal and legal systems as well as resiliency and strength based factors for success.


Submissions to the Child Sexual Abuse track should describe efforts, strategies and programs that focus on preventing child sexual abuse and/or creating conditions that protect children from harm.

Submissions to the Advocacy in Lockdown track should describe efforts to provide supportive services and institutional advocacy to survivors of sexual abuse and harassment in all forms of detention, including, state and federal prisons, jails, juvenile facilities, and immigrant detention facilities. Submissions may also include strategies to transform the culture of detention facilities to be driven by trauma-informed practices and a culture of consent in collaboration with correctional partners. 

Submissions to the Disability Advocacy and Inclusion track should feature measures that enhance the capacity to serve survivors with disabilities or draw connections between Disability Justice and sexual violence prevention. Submissions should demonstrate practices that: remove barriers for survivors, recognize the spectrum of people who are at elevated risk of harm, emphasize intersecting identities within disability communities, and center on people with disabilities in prevention efforts. 

Submissions to the Immigration track should describe systemic and social movement in promoting changes to immigration policies and a commitment and community collaboration to encourage economic and emotional independence in support of immigrant communities and survivors.

Submissions to the Embracing Movement Leaders track should demonstrate and demystify the barriers to reaching one’s leadership potential and build leadership capacities of emerging leaders, especially leaders of color. Ultimately, submissions must contribute to creating equitable environments in the movement by empowering a diverse group of movement leaders to take the lead in creating social change in their communities.

Submissions to the LGBTQ+ track should describe efforts to transform and elevate foundational and innovative work in queer and anti-violence communities. Track submissions should be rooted in an intersectional, anti-oppression lens that engages participants in critical and thought-provoking conversations and action planning to advance queer and transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex justice in and beyond the anti-violence field.

Submissions to the Decolonizing Victim Advocacy track should identify advocacy efforts that center indigenous knowledge, advocacy and/or activism in the movement to end sexual violence. Ultimately, submissions must expand cultural awareness and resources for indigenous survivors, advance the work of indigenous leaders and/or partnerships with indigenous-led organizations. 

Presentation or workshop submissions to the Prevention category should describe efforts to strengthen and engage states and communities in the primary prevention of sexual assault.  Submissions should feature evidence-based or evidence informed work that draws on the best available research or presents current research that can inform the sexual violence prevention practice field.

Priority will be given to submissions that:

  • Contribute to understanding of comprehensive approaches with preventive interventions at multiple levels of the social ecological model
  • Emphasize community and societal level strategies
  • Incorporate health equity frameworks and concepts
  • Integrate an anti-racist lens
  • Inform the prevention program planning, implementation and evaluation efforts of state recipients from the Rape Prevention and Education program of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their partners and/or the programs they support
  • Feature emerging topics relevant to the sexual violence prevention research and/or practice field
  • Include programs or topics related to underserved communities

Submissions to the Collective Action for Reproductive Justice track should describe how to engage community leaders and thought partners at the local, state, and national levels to identify a path towards reproductive justice. Track submissions may focus on policy development, community and national mobilization, and creating opportunities to be in conversation with anti-violence and reproductive justice experts.

Criteria

Proposals will be considered based on the following criteria:

  • Session features emerging topics relevant to address, prevent and/or research sexual violence
  • The session builds participants’ knowledge and/or skills or facilitates critical conversations to address and/or prevent sexual violence
  • Content is aligned with the track description and relevant to the conference theme “Equity in Action”
  • The content of the session incorporates an anti-oppression framework
  • The session is interactive and participatory and incorporates methods that support adult learners (small group work, team or problem-based activities, etc.)
  • Session proposal articulates clear, specific, and measurable learning objectives that are relevant to conference participants
  • Special consideration for sessions that focus on programs or topics related to underserved communities and/or working in culturally-specific communities
  • Special consideration for sessions that will be delivered entirely in Spanish

Before completing the Call for Proposal Submission Form, please make sure that you have all of the requested information and materials handy and ready for submission:

  • Title of the proposed workshop (100-character maximum)
  • Presenters’ name(s)
  • Presenter’s title(s)
  • Presenters’ organization(s),
  • Presenters’ organization address(es), phone, and email address(es)
  • Presenters’ photo(s) (jpg or png format), biography (800-character maximum) and CV/resume(s)
  • A minimum of 3 clear, specific, and measurable workshop objectives. The guideline on writing learning objectives from APHA is recommended
  • Workshop description for the conference program (800-character maximum)
  • Explain why this this session contributes towward advancing equity and ending sexual violence? (1500-character maximum)
  • Explain how this session will engage participants and be interactive? (800-character maximum)

PLEASE NOTE: Workshops that have been presented at previous National Sexual Assault Conferences should include significant and new information, resources, and/or insights.

More information will be released in January. Questions? Reach out to nsac@valor.us