SSJ Undergraduate Research Conference

RFP Deadline Feb 10, 2021

Due to the ongoing demands of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2021 Scholarship & Social Justice Conference will take place virtually.  Thank you.  

The Scholarship & Social Justice Undergraduate Research Conference will be held on April 8th & 9th, 2021. We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be, Roberto G. Gonzalez, professor of education at Harvard Graduate School of Education and director of the newly formed Immigration Initiative at Harvard (IIH), a university-wide effort aimed at advancing and promoting interdisciplinary scholarship and intellectual exchange around issues of immigration policy and immigrant communities.

This year, the conference will be hosted online.  Please use this link to register online. Once you have registered, you will have access to links for all sessions. 

Please join us as we welcome researchers from sixteen universities across the United States and Canada. 

History of the conference

Since 2015, this conference led by the Center for Public Service & Engaged Scholarship and Office of Diversity, Education & Support at Harvard College 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.  This conference is partnered with the Campus Compact for Southern New England Region, as well as the following Harvard affilates: Undergraduate Research and Fellows Office, Global Health Institute, Inequality Initiative in America, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies, Office of BGLTQ Harvard College, Harvard College Women's Center, Harvard Foundation for  Intercultural and Race Relations. 

Purpose statement

This conference seeks to bring staff, faculty and undergraduates together to celebrate the engaged scholarship, and reflective learning.  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 illuminate community-engaged research which reflects qualities of reciprocity and mutuality in the co-creation of scholarship, in addition to being transdisciplinary and inclusive of knowledge from outside the academy.  
  • 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.

If you want to see a sample of what the conference is like, please go here to see the faculty panel from 2018 

Videos of the 2018 conference can be found here