Frequently Asked Questions
Who can come to this conference?
Professional organizers, youth activists, volunteer community advocates... anyone! There is no required base-level of knowledge of organizing to attend this conference. Individuals not affiliated with a group are welcome to attend, though individuals who seek to join a group or start their own are likely to find our trainings more applicable.
Those who are engaged (or seek to become engaged) with grassroots organizing are the primary audience of this conference. However, others are welcome too: government officials, college administrators, charitable foundations, academics, and others are all welcome to attend!
When and where is the conference?
The conference is Sunday, March 31st, 2019. It will be held in the Ludwig Global Learning Center on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers University-New Brunswick. The formal address of the building is 9 Suydam Street, New Brunswick; a map and additional details about the location can be accessed HERE.
What is the cost of attendance?
The conference is entirely FREE! It is important to us that grassroots organizing skills and professional training curriculum are available to all, regardless of financial resources.
Will food be served at the event?
Normally yes, the conference would feature a catered luncheon with gluten-free and vegan options available, but because the event will be hosted remotely we will not be able to provide food during our scheduled lunch break .
What is the political stance of the conference?
While the conference may offer some "issue spotlights" for popular areas of interest, the purpose of the conference is not to encourage or discourage work on any specific issue or platform. Rather, the focus of the GOC is to provide a nonpartisan atmosphere for a broad range of NJ organizers to build their skills and organizational capacity.
The presence of organizations on the sponsors page does not indicate a collective endorsement of any one organization's specific political stances, nor does it indicate that any one organization on the list is formally affiliated with any other given organization on the list. All cosponsoring organizations and trainers involved in the program are valued for the organizing skills and knowledge they have to offer that are transferable across all issues and political leanings.