2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference

Advancing Social Equity: Implementing and Measuring Change in the Public Arena
The 2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference will be help at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs in Minneapolis

2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference
Advancing Social Equity: Implementing and Measuring Change in the Public Arena
June 10-12, 2020 | Minneapolis, MN

The 19th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) is co-sponsored by the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) and co-sponsored and hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs (HHH) at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities.

Registration, sponsorship opportunities, and a call for proposals are now live. See below for more details.

For more information, contact: hhhselc2020@umn.edu.

After you register, spread the word on social media using #SELC2020.

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Conference Registration

Register for the 2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference

Conference Registration Information:

Your registration fee includes all breakfasts, lunches, and receptions during the conference. Thursday dinner is optional at an additional cost ($30).

Registration Costs:

  • $200 for academics and practitioners
  • $75 for students or single-day registration

Important Registration Policies:

  • Registration fee is fully refundable if canceled on or before April 10, 2020.
  • 50% refund available from April 11 through May 10, 2020
  • No refunds available after 11:59 p.m. (CST) on May 10, 2020.

Registration How-to:

1. Go to the SELC 2020 registration website
2. Log in or create an account (University of Minnesota users: Your x500 is your login)
3. Select a registration package:

  • Full Conference: $200
  • Full Conference - Student Rate: $75
  • Single Day Pass - Wednesday: $75
  • Single Day Pass - Thursday: $75
  • Single Day Pass - Friday: $75

4. If applicable, you may add on the optional, ticketed Thursday night dinner ($30)
5. Select your payment method

  • Online by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover)
  • UMN users can pay using EFS chartstring

6. Complete your registration; you will receive a confirmation email.

Questions? Contact us: hhhselc2020@umn.edu.

Call for Proposals

Submit Your Proposal: SELC 2020 Panel Submission Form
SELC 2020 Call for Proposals (pdf)

For 19 years, the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) has annually partnered with a host organization to present the Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC) focused on advancing social equity, defined by NAPA as: a key pillar of public administration alongside economy, efficiency, and effectiveness. Social equity addresses fairness, justice, and equity within a variety of public contexts (NAPA 2019).

Acknowledging the persistent and unacceptable disparities that continue to challenge policymakers and policy leaders, the 2020 SELC conference theme, Advancing Social Equity: Implementing and Measuring Change in the Public Arena, focuses on specific strategies and initiatives that are advancing social equity, and the evaluation or research strategies that are helping us to understand which initiatives are working—and why.

We invite individual abstract and/or full panel submissions to the 2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota. Individual proposals must be submitted by Friday, February 7; full panel proposals must be submitted by Friday, February 21.

Proposals should fall under one of the three conference subthemes:

Subtheme 1: Measuring and Understanding the Impact of Social Equity Initiatives
As agencies and organizations grapple with promoting social equity, this subtheme seeks proposals that address research and evaluation strategies deployed to understand changes in policy or practice. Of particular interest are inclusive and mixed-method approaches that themselves exemplify an equitable approach to problem identification, analysis, and evaluation. 

Subtheme 2: Cross-Sectoral Approaches and Intersectional Partnerships
With the belief that no single agency or sector can solve the grand challenges that we face today, this subtheme focuses on the nexus of innovations across public, private, and/or nonprofit sectors that address disparities using a lens of fairness, justice, and equity.

Subtheme 3: Social Equity as a Global Grand Challenge
In countries around the world, innovative strategies and initiatives are being launched to address social inequities that undermine the ability for people to thrive in a changing global environment. This subtheme seeks submissions of fully formed panels or individual proposals that explore innovations in countries across the globe to address social equity as they relate to one or more of the grand challenges identified by NAPA.

We seek conference participation from academics, students, advocates, community organizers, public sector administrators, tribal administrators, nonprofit leaders, and policymakers. We particularly encourage evaluation-oriented and praxis-oriented proposals centered on better understanding innovations that address persistent economic, education, employment, health, housing, environmental, criminal justice, technology, transportation and other opportunity gaps across the United States and globally.

Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for organizations and schools looking to advertise during the 2020 Social Equity Leadership Conference.

Download: SELC 2020 Sponsorship Opportunities [pdf]
Reserve Sponsorship: SELC 2020 Sponsorship Reservation

All reservations, materials, and files are due by May 1, 2020.

For more information, or to submit your artwork, contact: hhhselc2020@umn.edu.

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Hotel & Travel

Please note that all SELC 2020 sessions and panels take place at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs on the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities campus (301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455).

Hotel Information

Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown

Conference room blocks are available until May 19, 2020 at the Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown. A limited number of rooms are available; we encourage you to book well in advance.

Mention the group name ‘Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC)’ via phone (877-699-3216).  To book online use the reservation link below.

Book your group rate for Social Equity Leadership Conference (SELC)

Other Lodging Options

The University of Minnesota maintains a list of nearby lodging options; please note that these hotels are not affiliated with the conference and room blocks are not available.

Travel Information

Maps & Directions: Getting to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Airport: Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP)

Mass Transit

The Humphrey School is easily accessed by MetroTransit bus and light rail service. The West Bank station on the Green Line is closest to the School and located on 19th Avenue; after exiting to street level, proceed south to the School. The Cedar Riverside station on the Blue Line is only a few blocks away from the School. Both bus routes 2 and 7 serve the stop at 19th Avenue South and Riverside Avenue, approximately one block from the Humphrey School. Visit the MetroTransit website to find other routes that serve the area.


Apps like Lyft and Uber are available in the area, providing both rideshare and private car services.

Walking Directions from the Courtyard by Marriott Minneapolis Downtown to the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities (10 mins):

  • Head east on S Washington Ave (276 ft)
  • Turn right onto 19th Ave S (0.2 mi)
  • Destination will be on your left: Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Parking Information

Campus parking: Attendees can park in the 19th Ave. Ramp (closest ramp; across the street from the Humphrey School), the 21st Ave. Ramp (two blocks walking distance), or Lot 94.

Planning Committee

RaJade Berry-James
Associate Professor, School of Public and International Affairs, North Carolina State University

Brandi Blessett
Associate Professor, University of Cincinnati

Laura Bloomberg
Dean, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

An Garagiola
Research Assistant, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Gary Glickman
Chair, Standing Panel on Social Equity, NAPA

Sean McCandless
Assistant Professor, University of Illinois 

Samuel Myers Jr.
Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Marilyn Rubin
Research Fellow, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University

Jodi Sandfort
Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Blue Wooldridge
Fellow and Immediate Past Chair of the Standing Panel on Social Equity and Governance, NAPA

A Commitment Toward a Sustainable Conference

SELC 2020 is making a conscious effort to reduce the environmental impact of conference hosting, communications, sponsorship offerings, transportation, and conference catering.  To that end we commit to the following 10-point plan:

1.  Minneapolis is a very pedestrian-friendly city and we encourage walking! The conference hotel is a short 10-minute walk from the Humphrey School, which will be the site of all conference sessions. For those with mobility limitations, the hotel provides a group shuttle.
2.  We will provide conference attendees information on carpooling or public transportation for other activities during their time in Minneapolis.
3.  We will use a conference app to help minimize print materials as much as possible.  A limited number of conference programs will be printed.
4.  Where feasible, we will further reduce the use of paper and printing connected to the conference by presenting sponsor information through the app and via rolling projection screens at the conference.
5.  Any printed materials will be printed back-to-back on 100% recycled paper.
6.  Name badges will be reusable.
7.  Reusable water bottles and water stations will be available; we will not be providing bottled water.
8.  Journals for notetaking will be provided to each conference attendee. We will not be providing any additional materials (e.g., conference bag, etc).
9.  Recycling stations will be available throughout the conference facility.
10. All catering will be served using either compostable or non-disposable serving dishes and cutlery. We will have plenty of vegetarian options, and our experienced event planning team will reduce food waste by carefully estimating the volume of food required based on the number of attendees, event type, and timing of activities and breaks.