(Im)migrant Well-Being: A Nexus for Research & Policy


  1. To connect academic researchers from varying disciplines and career levels whose scholarship shares a common potential for improving (im)migrant lives in a continuing network with resources and systems to support their work.

  2. To bridge the gap between policy/legal discussions on immigration and academic research by building the translational skillset of scholars and increasing the visibility of scholarship that centers (im)migrant experiences.

  3. To identify areas of future research and partnership among scholars and with relevant community partners and organizations.


All Conference attendees will participate in workshops on how to translate academic work for public audiences. Additionally, the (Im)migrant Well-Being Scholar Collaborative will identify a select group of presenters whose work is particularly well-suited for policy change. This cohort of scholars will be sponsored by the Collaborative to continue working with policy specialists and to present their work to lawmakers and relevant stakeholders at a summit in Washington, DC, later in the year.  


Please submit an extended abstract (up to 2000 words, including references) of your paper in which you identify a research question, theoretical framework, data source and methodology, and preliminary findings by September 30, 2022. Contributors should note that this call is open and competitive. Additionally, submissions must be based on original and unpublished material. Graduate students seeking to submit their work should include a letter of recommendation from their advisor. Authors will be notified of our decision no later than October 31, 2022. Completed papers will be due December 15, 2022.

The Collaborative will pay for one hotel room per selected paper at the Hilton Bayfront in St. Petersburg during the dates of the conference: February 24 – 26, 2023. Breakfast will be provided on both days of the conference and lunch on Day 1. Questions should be directed to the organizers via email at cas-iwrc@usf.edu

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