• Mission: The CARE Conference exists to advance the collective, interdisciplinary conversation for those called to Christ-centered work with vulnerable children and viable communities.
  • Vision: By gathering strategic thought leaders from across the globe, the CARE Conference will provide opportunities for students to dialogue with experts, present their own research in a collaborative environment, and hone best practices. Those who attend will leave encouraged in their calling and equipped in their field.

Please save the date for our Care Conference: Vulnerable Children and Viable Communities at Taylor University in Upland, IN on February 27th and 28th, 2020. Students will have the opportunity to present research papers/projects and poster designs related to violence against children, orphan care, foster care, refugees, and trafficking. This is the third Care Conference hosted by Taylor University but the first academic conference to include student presenters, providing important opportunities for students to present their research to their peers and substantively build their CVs and resumes. There will also be $500 in awards granted to top presenters. Proposals will be accepted September 15-December 2019. We encourage you to consider including this opportunity in your Fall courses. You can find out more information about our program at the link below.

josh garrels

Josh Garrels has spent more than a decade crafting music that cuts clean through. Resting in the space between accessibility and honesty, Garrels’ songs wrestle with and celebrate the mystery of faith with authenticity and heart. Cultivating a genre-blending mix of folk and hip hop, Garrels’ music explores themes of compassion, hope, longing, and liberation.

Michael Gerson

Michael Gerson is a nationally syndicated columnist who appears twice weekly in The Washington Post. He is the author of “Heroic Conservatism” (HarperOne, 2007) and co-author of “City of Man: Religion and Politics in a New Era” (Moody, 2010). He appears regularly on the “PBS NewsHour,” “Face the Nation” and other programs. Gerson serves as senior adviser at ONE, a bipartisan organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable diseases. Until 2006, Gerson was a top aide to President George W. Bush as assistant to the president for policy and strategic planning. Prior to that appointment, he served in the White House as deputy assistant to the president and director of presidential speechwriting and assistant to the president for speechwriting and policy adviser.
Shannan Martin
Shannan Martin, author of The Ministry of Ordinary Places: Waking Up to God’s Goodness Around You and Falling Free: Rescued from the Life I Always Wanted, is a speaker and writer who found her voice in the country and her story in the city. Shannan, her jail-chaplain husband, Cory, and their kids, live as grateful neighbors in Goshen, Indiana.
Sarah Quezada
Sarah Quezada is an author, speaker, and advocate. She has a master's in sociology and nearly two decades of experience working across cultures and leading conversations about justice and faith. Her first book, Love Undocumented: Risking Trust in a Fearful World, chronicled her journey through the immigration system with her husband, Billy, who emigrated from Guatemala City. Sarah oversees the fast-growing online community Welcome., a project of World Relief and the National Immigration Forum, which fosters conversation among Christian women seeking to live out Biblical hospitality. She and Billy also founded Bridge Guatemala, a social impact start-up creating sustainable jobs for Guatemalan families and producing eco-friendly construction products. The Quezadas live in Atlanta, Georgia and are raising two bicultural and trilingual-ish kids.
Tendai Masiriri
SENIOR EXECUTIVE OF HOLT INTERNATIONAL, CARIBBEAN, AFRICA, LATIN AMERICA, EASTERN EUROPE. Tendai brings to Holt a strong expertise in program development and evaluation, global nonprofit management and executive leadership. Formerly the vice president of global operations at Bethany Christian Services, Tendai has extensive international development, management and social service experience working in Africa and other regions of the world. Tendai now implements Holt's vision and strategic priorities in Africa, Latin American and the Caribbean.


Thursday, Feb 27:

2:00—Registration & Coffee (Boren Main Hall)

3:00—Opening Remarks & Tendai Masiriri (Cornwall Auditorium)

4:00—Student Presentations (Jacobsen I & II)

5:00—Main Session with Sarah Quezada (Cornwall Auditorium)

6:00—Dinner & Exhibitor Connection Time (Boren Main Hall)

7:00—Josh Garrels in Concert (Rediger Chapel)

Friday, Feb 28:

8:00—Breakfast & Exhibitor Connection Time (Boren Main Hall)

9:00—Student Presentations (Jacobsen I & II)

10:00—Main Session with Michael Gerson (Rediger Chapel)

11:00—Lunch Break (Student Center)

11:00-12:30—Exhibitor Connection Time (Boren Main Hall)

12:30—Breakout Session with Michael Gerson (Cornwall Auditorium)

1:30—Coffee Break (Boren Main Hall)

2:00—Student Presentations (Jacobsen I & II)

3:00—Closing Session with Shannan Martin (Cornwall Auditorium)

4:00—Closing Remarks (Cornwall Auditorium)

Poster & Paper Topics: Posters and papers should present original research findings as it relates to the overall theme of vulnerable children and viable communities. Some categories for research include but are not limited to: orphan care, foster care and adoption, refugees, human trafficking, public health/sustainability, or Biblical justice.

Additional Information

Posters will be displayed throughout the day of the conference with designated sessions for authors to present to conference attendees.

There will be a total of $800 in prize money

Posters and papers may be authored by individuals or small groups of researchers. Please include all names of authors in your proposal.

Questions may be directed to kara_riggleman@taylor.edu