IMPACT National Conference Call for Proposals

Call for Workshop Proposals & Conference Registration…NOW OPEN! 

February 18 – 21, 2016 | University of Massachusetts, Amherst


The IMPACT Conference brings together college students, nonprofit professionals, campus administrators, and year of service members to share best practices, experiences, stories, and resources in their work for social change.

Register Now for the Conference!

Early Bird Registration Deadline – January 15th

Early Bird Registration: $190 (Register before January 15, 2016)

Regular Registration: $220 (Register before February 4, 2016)

Late/Onsite Registration: $250 (Register between February 5-18, 2015)

You are also invited you to consider submitting a Workshop Proposal for the 2016 IMPACT National Conference.

You can submit through the online form

Workshop Categories

Service-Learning & Community-Based Research

  • Community Service Programs
  • Issues & Advocacy
  • Leadership & Professional Development
  • Alternative Break Programs
  • Administrators Track
  • Volunteer Management

Proposals should be submitted by Sunday, November 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Proposals will be evaluated and you will be notified of its status by Friday, December 4, 2015.

For more information or to browse workshops from previous conferences, visit

IMPACT features over 90 workshops at all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) surrounding these themes or categories:

Service-Learning & Community-Based Research: This area features workshops on ways to connect community engagement with your academic work, including working with community partners, teaching pedagogy, service-learning and community-based participatory research, building research questions, reflection, engaging departments, and working with faculty.

Community Service Programs: This area features workshops on components and strategies for building strong service programs, such as recruitment, retention, orientation, training, program structure, meaningful service, evaluation/outcomes, reflection, funding and organizational sustainability, and strategic partnerships.

Issues and Advocacy: This area features workshops on countering racism, classism, sexism and other forms of prejudice; environmental justice; addressing domestic poverty; international public health; economic justice; addressing climate change; education policy; hunger and homelessness among other topics. This area also features workshops on active forms of civic work such as online organizing tools/techniques, creative community-building, working with elected representatives, building coalitions, working with student government, creative public relations and communications on campus, and working across your campus.

Leadership and Professional Development: This area features workshops that are focused on individual skills and benefits. This area can include “how-to” topics (i.e., how to write a press release, how to create a budget, funding your ideas, corporate social responsibility nonprofit/private partnerships and leveraging the private sector for public good etc.) as well as focusing on leadership development and management skills. This is a great area to highlight on graduate school programs, post-grad service programs, and service opportunities for recent grads.

Alternative Break Programs: This area features workshops that introduce AB to students while stressing the significance and benefits of becoming involved. This area also impresses upon students the local impact of these programs, as well as provides opportunities to become involved with alternative break programs.

Administrators Track: This area is designated for workshops targeted at administrators of campus programs. Workshops include topics such as sustainable funding for student-led organizations, applying civic engagement theories to programs, as well as how to improve service-learning efforts on any type of campus.

Volunteer Management: This area features workshops on the best practices when it comes to finding, matching, supporting and recognizing volunteers. Workshops in this category feature tools, models and advice to guide your work. Workshops in this category include strategies on how to find volunteers, seeking innovative ways to motivate and sustain volunteers, looking to improve or develop your risk management policy or how to accurately and efficiently track volunteer hours (and more!).