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Hosted biannually in South Florida, the Conference on Im/Migrant Well-Being brings together academics, policymakers and community partners to engage scholarship on im/migrants and their well-being, while also providing attendees with the tools to translate that work for greater impact outside the academy.  


Dates and Location

February 14-15, 2025, Hilton Bayfront Hotel in St. Petersburg, Florida


The 2025 Conference on Im/migrant Well-Being will focus on the lived experiences, challenges, and successes of immigrants within and across generations over time in the United States. We invite submissions that critically examine the intergenerational impacts of how United States immigration policies, such as Title 42, "Remain in Mexico"/Migrant Protections Protocols, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention and surveillance, executive actions like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and other policies and programs shape the daily lives and well-being of immigrants and their families. By centering the voices and experiences of immigrant communities, this conference seeks to generate empirical work that promotes the humanity of immigrants and informs evidence-based policymaking at the local, state, and national level. 

Conference Format & Objectives

On Day 1, conference presenters will participate in panels on im/migrant well-being, which will be open to the public. On Day 2, conference presenters will participate in closed workshops on how to translate academic work for public audiences, policymakers, and members of the press. The 2025 Conference on Im/migrant Well-Being will serve as a launching point for continued engagement for participants as scholar affiliates of the Im/migrant Well-Being Scholar Collaborative. The conference is structured around the following key objectives:

  1. Enhance scholar development and research on im/migrant well-being

  2. Establish a collaborative research network of researchers and practitioners

    dedicated to improving immigrant well-being

  3. Enhance translational research and policy impact

  4. Identify and develop future research collaborations related to immigrant well-

    being, involving both academic scholars and community organizations.

Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions from a diverse range of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, education, economics, anthropology, political science, criminology, and other related fields. Scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and minority-serving institutions are strongly encouraged to submit their work. Submissions must address a specific U.S. immigration policy or state policy; international policies will not be considered.

Please submit an extended abstract (up to 2,000 words, including references) that includes the following:

  • Research question and its relevance to the conference theme

  • Theoretical framework

  • Data and methodology

  • Preliminary findings

  • Policy implications and evidence-informed solutions

  • Conclusion


Graduate students seeking to submit their work should include a letter of recommendation from their advisor. Contributors should note that this call is open and competitive. Additionally, submissions must be based on original and unpublished material.


  • Submit abstracts by September 15, 2024.

  • Authors will be notified of decisions by October 31, 2024.

  • Complete papers will be due by December 15, 2024.

Child Care

Professional childcare providers available for onsite services at subsidized rates.


Questions should be directed to the conference organizers at

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Click the button above to schedule an appointment with a team member if you have further questions about the abstracts.

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