What is the Grassroots Organizing Conference?

The NJ Grassroots Organizing Conference (GOC) is a full-day networking and training event for student and community organizers across the state of New Jersey. Whether you are a professional advocacy group looking to train up some new staff, a community leader starting a group with your neighbors, or a student bringing organizing tools back to your group on campus, the GOC is the perfect place for you!


The GOC will be held Sunday, March 31st from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. It will take place in the Ludwig Global Learning Center at Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The venue address is 9 Suydam Street, New Brunswick NJ

Why you should attend: 

  • Build your organizing skills through training

  • Network with other advocates

  • Improve your knowledge on the issues

  • Learn about volunteering & career organizing positions

Conference History

The first annual NJ Grassroots Organizing Conference was April 21st, 2017. The GOC was organized after the 2016 election cycle, where we saw a surge of political energy among many who had never engaged before--out of this uptick in political participation came many new faces with lots of enthusiasm, but little concept on how to act on it or who else they could team up with. The first GOC was pulled together to fill this training and communication void.


With just a couple of months between inception and implementation, and working off of a shoestring budget, the first annual Grassroots Organizing Conference attracted attendees from nearly 50 different grassroots organizations from every county in the state! We're happy to be back at it again this year, and with greater resources and momentum we're looking forward to making this year's conference bigger and better than ever.


The NJ Grassroots Organizing Conference is an event funded by NJPIRG Students, the largest student-run nonprofit in the state. You can learn more about NJPIRG Students on the "Speakers & Sponsors" page.


Shivani Patel, Steering Committee Chair

T: 732-668-8648

E: newjerseygoc@gmail.com