Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference - Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy - Christopher Newport University

Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference

Building A Better Tomorrow

Society’s most pressing challenges — from racial justice to climate change and far beyond — have profound implications for creating a more equitable and socially just future for all. Yet all too frequently people and groups from different sectors working on similar issues never have the opportunity for meaningful conversation and interaction with others working on similar justice- and equity-related issues.

In order to facilitate deeper interdisciplinary and cross-sector dialogue, Christopher Newport’s Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy and the Hampton Roads Christian Community Development Network will co-host the second annual Hampton Roads Social Justice Conference on April 10-12, 2023 on the campus of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA.

The goal of this conference is to bring together researchers, policy makers, elected officials, non-profit organizations, community activists, business leaders, the faith community, and all others from across Virginia who are working on pressing social justice issues in our region. The conference will be organized around six tracks:

  • Criminal justice
  • Economic justice
  • Education
  • Environmental justice
  • Housing
  • Health equity

Questions and inquiries should be directed via email to Dr. Laine Briddell, Associate Director, Center for Crime, Equity, and Justice Research and Policy at ccejrp@cnu.edu, and/or Charles Cheek, Hampton Roads CCD Network Coordinator at hamptonroadsccdnetwork@gmail.com.

Submissions for session proposals have already closed, but we are still accepting submissions for the poster session and non-profit fair.

Poster session

Large format posters or artworks designed to educate or inform about a specific topic; share your research, activism, or art! All posters and artwork will be presented from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, April 10 alongside the non-profit fair. The deadline for submissions is February 27, 2023.

Non-profit fair

Non-profit organizations may register to have a table at our non-profit fair and professional networking event, held from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, April 10 alongside the poster session. Space is limited.

Date Event
September 16, 2022 Call for submissions opens
December 23, 2022 Deadline for submission of proposals
January 31, 2023 Conference schedule announced
March 9, 2023 Early bird registration closes
April 3, 2023 Final registration deadline
April 9, 2023 Pre-Conference Program
April 10-12 Conference

Registration is required for all presenters. Each individual must register for the conference separately. Cost includes attendance at all sessions and keynote speakers as well as breakfast, lunch, and coffee on all three days.

Registration Cost
Early bird registration
closes March 9, 2023
Regular registration
March 10 - April 3, 2023
Student registration $50

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Newport News Marriott at City Center. To reserve a room, please either call the Marriott reservation line at (866) 329-1758 and ask for the Social Justice Conference group block or use the following link: Book Your Group/Corporate Rate | Marriott International. The block will be open until March 12, 2023 or until block is full (whichever comes first).

Conference start date: Saturday, April 8, 2023
Conference end date: Thursday, April 13, 2023
Last day to book: Sunday, March 12, 2023
Group rate (in U.S. dollars): $98.00 per night

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