2020 Call for Conference Proposals!

2020 Illinois Council on Family Relations Annual Conference
Breaking Barriers: Serving Immigrant Families

Friday, April 3, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Northern Illinois University
Holmes Student Center
Duke Ellington Ballroom
DeKalb, Illinois 60115

We are seeking proposals which examine or promote resiliency in families from:

  • Undergraduate and graduate students
  • Researchers and educators
  • Practitioners and social service providers
  • Family life educators
  • Members of the community

We are seeking proposals in the following formats:*

  • Paper presentation
  • Panel discussion/presentation
  • Workshop
  • Poster presentations

Proposals must be submitted electronically and include the following:

  • Proposal title (Limited to 12 words or less)
  • Authors’ names, education level, and affiliation
  • Presenter(s) names
  • Abstract (not to exceed 500 words)
  • 3-5 key words that your presentation focuses on
  • Your Preferred format: paper presentation, poster presentation, panel discussion or workshop*

*A workshop focuses specifically on techniques and/or skills either in a particular field or related to a particular

Special instructions for undergraduate student proposals:

  • It is expected that you will work with a faculty mentor who will help guide you through the creation of your proposal
  • Is expected that your faculty mentor will read through your proposal before you submit it to ILCFR and, when needed, offer you suggestions for edits.
  • If you are submitting a poster with a faculty member, ILCFR would like you (the student) to be the presenter at the conference poster session.

All proposals submitted will be blind-peer reviewed by the ILCFR proposal review committee.

Submit your proposal through the following link:


Proposals are due by March 6, 2020 at 11:59pm. Presenters will be notified by March 14, 2020.

Please email Dr. D. Scott Sibley ([email protected])  for more information about the conference or submitting a proposal.

National Council on Family Relations
The Illinois Council on Family Relations is an affiliate of the National Council on Family Relations