ESSJ Undergraduate Research Conference

Campus Compact

Welcome to the website for the 2018 Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference! This year Harvard College is proud to partner with Campus Compact for Southern New England  to present an opportunity for undergraduates to present their own engaged research.  This year, the conference will be held on the campus of Harvard College on Friday, April 6th and Saturday, April 7th, 2018.  The Request for Proposals and Registration Forms for the conference are now available. Please see the side navigation panels. 

If you have any questions regarding the confernece, please email:

Purpose Statement

This conference seeks to bring staff, faculty and undergraduates together to celebrate the engaged scholarship, and reflective learning that is taking place on our campuses. The purpose of this conference is:

  • to honor scholarship which focuses on challenges facing society with regard to equity and inclusion and historically marginalized and under-represented communities
  • to provide undergraduate researchers an opportunity to engage in academic discourse and research dissemination

For student scholars, this is an opportunity to engage in academic dialogue with peers and faculty mentors. For faculty, this conference presents an opportunity to explore about how other disciplines conduct research that creates new knowledge and understanding about equity and social justice and to be inspired by the next generation of scholars.

In particular, we hope that this conference will encourage historically under-repre  sented students to pursue careers in the academy.

History of conference

Since 2015, this conference led by the Phillps Brooks House: Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship and Office of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at Harvard College, in collaboration with the Undergraduate Office of Research and Fellowships, has welcomed undergraduate students from private and public institutions across the nation. With each year of this conference, we continue to be impressed with the rigor and depth of the research undertaken by undergraduate scholars from across the country.  

2017 Research Presentations: 

Christina Parajon, Harvard University, “The Watchdog: Gossip as a Barrier to Contraceptive Care"

Khadija Khan, Georgetown University, "Intersections of Student Activism: Black Queer Womxn's Imagination and South Africa's 2015-2016 Protests"

Osaramen Okolo, Harvard University, "Blackened Fertility: The Lasting Discourse of African-American Female Reproduction After the Civil Rights Movement"

Ximena Carranza Risco, Brown University, "Settling for Disaster: The Construction and Governance of Urban Environmental Risk in Lima's Informal Settlements"

2017 Poster Presentations: 

Itzel Vasquez-Rodriquez, Harvard University. "Unincorporated and Unprotected: East Porterville And The California Drought"

Kristin Lane, College of Holy Cross, "Think With Your Fork: Five Areas of Intervention in Kimball Dining Hall"

Phong Khai Hong, University Of California, Riverside, "Transportation Vulnerability: Developing A Data Collection For Transportation Barriers Among Free Clinic Patients Of San Bernardino County"

The full 2017 conference program is attached below



Engaged Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference 2017 Program1.29 MB