Submission Deadline: Monday, March 8, 2021 at 5:00 PM Eastern

Conference Info

The 2021 Annual Conference will be held virtually June 21-June 24.

Conference Theme

Restoring Our Roots: Cultivating Community. Fostering Innovation. Nourishing Relationships.

Restoring our roots takes time. Any arborist would agree. Last year was a testament to the gradual, continual process of restoration. We did some digging, tested the soil, planted some seeds, and did some necessary pruning. We need these trees to be free of the weeds that have hindered their growth for years. To be restored in the roots of accountability, restorative and transformative justice, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in order for it to bloom!

Last year, we all had to quickly change course to respond to a global crisis unseen in 100 years. Our colleague, Olivia Montgomery, and her partner in leadership, Timiza Wash, strategized together ways to stay connected during this time of a virtual world. From there blossomed our Cultivating Conversations in Crisis series, which still continues today. This year, we are dedicating ourselves to continuing that cultivation beyond the pandemic and into our work.

Workshop Proposals

We welcome workshop proposals that are supportive of the overall conference theme and fit into the following categories:

1. Prevention

2. Intervention/Advocacy

3. Anti-Oppression

4. Coordinated Community Responses

4. Self-Care (individual, institutional, or community)

Workshops that address the following topics are strongly encouraged:

  • community change across systems
  • community-level prevention
  • evaluation of community-level work
  • restorative justice
  • transformative justice
  • campus initiatives
  • equity and/or inclusion initiatives
  • sustainable leadership and thriving organizations

Workshops will be 90 minutes in length. Once submitted, application materials may not be edited. OAESV will reach out to presenters prior to conference for their completed presentation materials. 

Proposals will only be accepted until 5:00 PM EST on Monday, March 8, 2021 and will only be accepted via the submission form, unless there is a disability-related access need for a different format.

To complete the proposal submission form, go to

Funding for this conference was made possible in part by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers or moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.