2020 International Conference on Stigma

November 16-20, 2020, Virtual Event

The 11th annual Howard University International Conference on Stigma was held as a virtual event for the first time ever. Using the Whova app, our one-day event was successfully expanded to a five-day event. The event included research plenary sessions, panels, and workshops, a town hall, entertainment, artwork, and a lively international session with nine nations represented. The conference had 1571 registrants, with at least 1100 people attending at least one session. Participants logged in from at least 14 countries and territories.

From our 2020 attendees:

“It was a very well-run conference. I think that virtual conference platform was easy to use.”

“This was my first time attending and it was so amazing. It was so beautiful to see so many people of color involved in all aspects of the issues and our allies. I especially enjoyed the sessions on faith. I hope the videos will be made available, they need to be shared to help us spread the word and address stigma. Congratulations on a successful and informative event and thank you!”

“Even though it was virtual but did not reduce the excitement of the previous event. but I like it this way because I felt like was in Congress, even though I am at home”

“Amazing conference as always, and the speakers and discussions were thorough and enlightening. Great job transitioning the conference to a virtual experience.”

“Really great experience with sharing my work with others and hearing about other’s work! The online format was a great way to connect, especially for people who are unable to travel due to a variety of reasons (not just during a pandemic).”

“While I enjoyed the conference, I feel that better management of the sessions would help the common goals.”

“This conference was wonderful! The information is so necessary as we all live in a diverse, multicultural world.”

“The conference was extremely well done. I have attended a number of past Stigma conferences at Howard, but I thought this one was highly successful especially known that the entire program was done within months and places online. Keep the fantastic work up and hopefully next year the conference shall be held in person. I thank you for your service.”

“I enjoyed the transgender session very much and the pre-conference faith program. My internet did not work consistently, which made it difficult to stay engaged in the entire conference. But great Job!”

“This conference was very informative, and I learned so much. It really hit home with a lot of items and I found it opened my eyes to a lot of things I had either never thought of or had forgotten, it was my first Stigma Conference, but I hope it was NOT my last. Thank you to all who put it together and made it happen.”

“It was wonderful to bring everyone together this year in a virtual format. This conference does an amazing job bringing scholars, healthcare providers, advocates, activists, and community members together in conversation each year.”

“In view of COVID19 it is understood that the conference had to be done virtually however I would have preferred in person.”

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