Social Action Student Symposium (SASSy)

The fourth annual Social Action Student Symposium (SASSy) will be held on campus on Friday, May 3rd, 2024. The call for proposals (abstracts) are due Friday, April 5th via the SASSy Submission Form.

You may be asking, “What is SASSy?”

 The mission of SASSy is to provide students with a forum to develop, present, discuss, and gain feedback on social science research related to issues of social justice, broadly conceived. SASSy fulfills this mission by hosting a formal conference that incorporates students, faculty and community members’ voices and provides opportunities for students to practice skills in research presentation, oral communication, and intellectual dialogue.

You may also be asking, ”Is SASSy the right place for my project?”

Submissions to SASSy may include historical or contemporary studies on social justice topics including, but not limited to, issues of human rights, environmental justice, reproductive rights, economic inequality, prejudice and discrimination, criminal justice systems, wealth and poverty, educational access, racism, gender/sexuality, popular/political struggles, and political polarization. Relevant projects may represent formal research studies or engaged studies connected to critically understanding and/or supporting social justice work.

SASSy is designed to support a wide range of students and their work. Eligible projects may include: 

  • Independent undergraduate or graduate projects where data collection is in progress or finished.

  • Senior seminar or capstone class projects or papers

  • Research projects or term papers

  • Conference presentations from Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 on which the student appears as lead author

  • Research projects associated with McNair and Koret Scholar programs

Have questions? If you have any questions or comments, please contact us.


 Zeke Baker (Sociology Dept., and Robert Chase (History Dept.,, SASSy Co-Chairs