Orlando Strong Symposium: Fight For Our Collective Rights And Freedom 2023

Join us this fall from September 20-24 for the annual Contigo Fund’s Orlando Strong Symposium! This important event brings together hundreds of key community stakeholders, including grassroots leaders, funders, policymakers, corporate and business leaders, and elected officials across Florida and the US South. Together, we will engage in critical conversations centered on Queer, Trans, Racial, and Reproductive Justice frontline leaders and their vital work advancing collective rights and freedom. 

As a valued partner of Contigo, we personally invite you to be a part of this year’s OSS 2023: For Our Collective Rights & Freedom program. With a focus on Florida and Southern’s fight for our collective rights and freedom, this year’s symposium will include special discussions on the harmful impact of hate-inspired laws passed through the Florida legislature. Save the date and join us for this important event.

In addition to critical conversations, we will facilitate strategy sessions led by subject matter experts. These sessions will cover a range of issues, including rapid mutual aid and emerging strategies to respond to attacks on life-saving, gender-affirming care for Florida’s Transgender youth, adults, and families. We will also explore ways to resource and build Southern-specific safety and security infrastructure for marginalized people in urban and rural communities in response to escalating gun violence and threats from a rapidly growing white supremacy hate movement. 

Other strategy sessions will focus on Florida-specific countering hate messaging strategies that center the humanity of Trans and gender-expansive communities and communities of color. Additionally, we will discuss state-wide coordination of civic engagement efforts, focusing on protecting our democracy and preparing and empowering our communities to take action leading up to the 2024 election. Join us for these important strategy sessions led by experts in their fields.

Want to sponsor our upcoming Symposium? Contact Val Solomon, Donor Relations Manager, at [email protected].

Call for Orlando Strong Symposium 2023: For Our Collective Rights and Freedom proposal!

This year’s symposium will take place in Orlando, Florida, and we invite proposals from organizations and individuals for potential workshops, speakers, and panels.

We are particularly interested in proposals from organizations in the Contigo Service area, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake, Volusia, and Polk counties. We want to ensure that our programming is community-centered and representative of the diverse perspectives and experiences in our region.

Our programming subcommittee will evaluate all proposals, and we encourage submissions that align with the following topics:

– Racial justice and equity

– LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy

– Immigration and refugee rights

– Gender equality and empowerment

– Disability rights and accessibility

– Environmental justice and sustainability

– Healthcare access and advocacy

– Criminal justice reform and advocacy

– Voting rights and civic engagement

We welcome proposals for workshops, panels, or other interactive formats that engage attendees and promote dialogue and action. Proposals should include a title, description, and a list of potential speakers or facilitators. Please note that all proposals should be submitted by July 27, 2023, and the programming committee will make final selections by August 2023.

To download the Request for Proposal (RFP), please click here. We look forward to reviewing your proposals and creating an impactful and community-centered symposium together!