UFWH Call for Proposals

UFWH call for proposals – March 2018

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Universities Fighting World Hunger (UFWH) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 13th Annual UFWH Summit, which will be held on March 16-17, 2018 in Urbana, Illinois at the University of Illinois. The theme of the Summit is “Unify for a Hunger Free World”.


The 2018 UFWH Summit will bring together leaders and innovators who are creating and implementing creative solutions to food insecurity and related issues. Students will engage with and learn from experts in a variety of fields related to hunger, including social justice, social enterprise, public health, and non-profit management. Using design thinking as an underlying theme, the Summit will begin with a session where students will interact with university leaders attending the Presidents United to Solve Hunger (PUSH) Forum to discuss food insecurity and hunger on college campuses.


We encourage a wide range of proposals across the spectrum of food loss and waste, hunger, and poverty solutions. Sessions will address solutions ranging from local and regional to national and international programs and solutions; session formats will include presentations, panels, displays, and poster sessions. At the conclusion of the forum, students will leave with a better understanding of the issues to empower them to develop and implement creative solutions and ideas for hunger-related projects and in their home communities.


Proposal topics

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Root causes of hunger, homelessness, poverty, etc.
  • Scale of the problem
  • Nutrition and wellness education
  • Gardening
  • Gleaning
  • Growing food
  • Issues affecting subgroups (examples include age, race, gender, social class, etc.)
  • Effective campus and/or community partnerships
  • Fundraising
  • Economics
  • Building and/or maintaining volunteer networks
  • Using technology to create innovative solutions
  • Case studies of innovative strategies and solutions
  • Best practices discussions
  • Overview of community partner organizations and ways to get involved
  • Advocacy
  • Strategies for students to leverage their experience


Proposal selection criteria

  • Content relevance
  • Interactive/hands-on nature of presentation
  • Expertise of presenters
  • Scientific merit (if applicable)
  • Balance of speakers


Conference policies

  • All travel costs are speaker’s responsibility
  • Complimentary conference registration for external speakers


Proposals should include the following information and are limited to two pages:

  • Names and affiliations of presenters, including relevant expertise
  • Description of topic/solution
  • Preferred session format, if applicable (presentation, panel, display, poster)
  • Constraints on presentation day or time, if any
  • How topic relates to the overall Summit theme


Proposals must be received by November 6, 2017. Presenters will be notified by December 1, 2017. Please address any questions to Sarah Zehr at szehr@uillinois.edu.