2018 Black Issues Conference


Saturday, February 17, 2018

Bowen-Thompson Student Union, Lenhart Grand Ballroom


"Art is Power"

Keynote Speaker: PJ Jones

PJ Jones, is a young, Black creative educator and business owner by trade— writer, poet, athlete, and social justice warrior by calling. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Bowling Green State University in 2010 and her master’s degree in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Higher Education and Student Affairs from Western Michigan University in 2012. Currently, she serves as an Assistant Director of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs at the University of Florida where her focus lies in multicultural education, inclusive leadership, Black identity development, and intersectionality. PJ is the co-founder of Fearlessly Fierce, LLC., the co-creator and personality behind the Educated and Melanted podcast. PJ is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy Alumni Society.

Call for Proposals

The organizers of the 18th Annual Black Issues Conference invite proposals for presentations. The committee invites a broad array of proposals related to Black issues, and especially encourages presentations and creative works on contemporary African American art, politics, race in higher education, gender, and the representation of Black culture. Undergraduate and graduate students are particularly encouraged to present their work. Presentations can take the form of a paper or PowerPoint presentation, a roundtable discussion, an artistic exhibition, or a performance. The committee encourages proposals such as research studies, creative work, and works in progress. Visual creative works (e.g., painting, ceramics, photography) may also be displayed during the conference.

If you are interested in presenting, please submit your abstract (summary of your presentation) and the following information by December 1, 2017 here.

Questions? Email blackissuesconference@gmail.com