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ISP Policy Conference 2.0

Policy Conference 2.0
Influencing Social Policy: The Next 20 Years!

May 31 - June 2, 2018

St. Louis , Missouri

The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University

For 20 years, Influencing Social Policy (ISP) has supported social work faculty in their efforts to educate and mobilize students to engage in the policy process.  Now it's time to set the course for the next 20 years!
Policy Conference 2.0 provides a collective space for social work students, faculty, and practitioners with a passion for social policy and policy practice to learn from each other, grapple with complex policy issues, and share research, practice, and teaching wisdom.
This year’s Policy Conference will again include exciting plenary speakers, opportunities for networking, a special research panel showcasing rigorous scholarship, and recognition of the Influencing Social Policy (ISP) national contest winners.  In addition, a special Panel will feature ISP's founding members.
The Conference will take place at The Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from May 31-June 2, 2018.  It begins on May 31 at 5:30 p.m. with an Opening Reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. by the Opening Plenary session.
Accommodations will be available at the Knight Center on the Washington University campus.  Room rates are $119/night and include a complimentary breakfast.  Reservations can be made by calling 866-933-9400 and asking for the “Influencing Social Policy” rate.  Reservations should be made as soon as possible to ensure room availability.  Other nearby hotels include the Moonrise (, 866-202-1814) and the Cheshire (, 314-647-7300).
Transportation from the St. Louis Airport is available by cab or Metro-Link (exiting at Washington University, Big Bend exit).
A full-day Policy Teaching Institute (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) will precede the opening of the Conference on May 31st. The Teaching Institute will offer innovative, hands-on strategies and tools for teaching policy.
More information on both the Conference and Teaching Institute is available on the ISP website: