BPD For the Future: Social Work Educators, Allied Professionals and Students



The 2017 BPD Annual Conference will address a wide range of topics related, but not limited to, teaching and administering baccalaureate social work programs, field education, global social work, advocacy, and connecting classroom education to community practice. 

Conference Planning Committee:
Shannon Cambron, Chair
Francis Origanti, Vice Chair
Nicole Cavanagh, Registrar
Gladys Merrick, Local Planning
Nathalie Jones, Social Media and Marketing

Amanda Scott, Executive Director
Mary Jo Olsavsky, Meetings Coordinator






March 1-5, 2017 At-a-Glance

March 1
- Pre Conference Workshops
- Opening Plenary
- Opening Reception (light refreshments)

March 2
- Welcome Breakfast (food function)
- President's Address
- Educational Sessions
- Federico Memorial Lecture

March 3
- Educational Sessions
- Wahlberg Health & Wellness Walk/Run
- "Not so Shameless" Party

March 4
- Educational Sessions
- Annual Awards Banquet (food function)

March 5
- Educational Sessions

Opening Plenary Keynote Speaker


Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. He has spent the past 20 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country.

Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment on 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People's Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans. 


Open Calls

Ron Federico Memorial Lecture
Status: Proposals are under review
Submissions for the Ron Federico Memorial Lecture have closed and proposals are being reviewed. Individuals who have submitted will be notified in early January of the award decision.

Student Posters
Poster proposals have been reviewed and decisions will be sent out to all students by January 1st. 

Professional Recognition Awards
Congratulations to Peggy Pittman-Munke for being selected for the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award. Dr. Munke will be honored at the 2017 Annual Conference during the awards banquet on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

Wahlberg Memorial Scholarship
Status: Proposals are under review

In partnership with the University of Michigan School of Social Work, the BPD Board of Directors invites all BPD members to encourage outstanding BSW students to submit a proposal for the 2017 Jim Wahlberg BSW Student Scholar Award. The recipient will present their paper at a special invitation session at the 2018 BPD Conference in Atlanta, GA. Conference registration, transportation, and a one-night hotel stay will be paid by BPD for the selected presenter as well as a $250 stipend. Recipients will also be eligible for a full tuition Dean's Scholarship for the University of Michigan School of Social Work MSW Program.









Conference Registration

Registration for the conference is now open. The following registration options are available:

Online Registration: Online pre-registration for the event has reopened to allow those with hotel rooms to register online with their credit card. If you do not have a username/password or have any problem with online registration, please prepare to register onsite. We are unable to accept paper registration forms in the office or troubleshoot online registration at this time.  If you need a paper registration form to process through your business office for a check to bring to the conference, please email conferences@bpdonline.org. 

Cancellations: Cancellations received in writing and postmarked by January 13. 2017 will be refunded minus a 30% administrative fee. No refunds will be given after January 13th. All hotel cancellations must be made directly with the Sheraton New Orleans or Aloft. 

Full Conference
Member Early: Unavailable
Member Regular: $370

Non-member Early: Unavailable
Non-member Regular: $600 (includes comp membership)

One Day
Member Early: Unavailable
Member Regular: $230
Non-member Early: Unavailable (does not include comp membership)
Non-member Regular: $300 (does not include comp membership)

Student
Full Conference: $155
Volunteer: $25 (for BSW Students only)

Additional Fees
Pre-conference Workshops: $65
Continuing Education: $65
Wahlberg Walk/Run: $40
Guest Meal Tickets: $55

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