From the Program Chair

2016 Conference Program Chair Lee Ann De Reus, Ph.D.

Poverty, hunger, access to education, gender inequalities, climate change, incarceration, discrimination, and
displacement are examples of just some human rights issues faced by families.

Using the United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals as a framework, the purpose of this conference — themed "Families and Human Rights: Promise and Vulnerability in the 21st Century" — is to showcase research, teaching, and practices that address human rights and diverse families, provide networking opportunities for those with an interest in these topics, and engage and inspire conference attendees in the pursuit of equality and justice for all families.

United Nations 2030 Sustainable Development Goals
  1. No poverty
  2. Zero hunger
  3. Good health and well-being
  4. Quality education
  5. Gender equality
  6. Clean water and sanitation
  7. Affordable and clean energy
  8. Decent work and economic growth
  9. Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  10. Reduced inequalities
  11. Sustainable cities and communities
  12. Responsible consumption and production
  13. Climate action
  14. Life below water
  15. Life on land
  16. Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  17. Partnerships for the goals

Conference goals

The conference will provide:

  • Formal and informal opportunities to network with colleagues engaged in family research, practice, and education from around the world.
  • Opportunities for NCFR members to monitor and participate in the governance of the organization, ensuring that through its activities, NCFR continues to reflect its collective commitment to families and their well-being.
  • Opportunities for rejuvenation and transformation through continuing education.