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Explore our symposium's theme and topics.

Homecoming is our annual global symposium for the #MelanatedAndMapping community and our allies! In 2023, we will highlight Black geographers and lift up the work of Resistance and Resilience in Black communities around the globe. Homecoming R&R is also about Re-establishing Homecoming and Reclaiming space for important conversations.

A Variety of Interconnected Topics

There are several interesting, engaging, and inspiring topics connected with our theme. Our focus in 2023 is on studying, mapping, analyzing, geospatial storytelling to ensure and increase:


Decolonizing the African Diaspora in maps, data, and around the globe.

Climate & Environment

Sustainability, climate, and environmental justice for Black communities

Health Equity

Equity in health services, systems, and outcomes for the African Diaspora

Workplace & Economic Justice

Workplace equity, workforce development, and economic justice for the African Diaspora

Food Security & Food Systems

Ensuring food security and equity in food systems and agriculture for healthy Black families and communities worldwide

Community Engagement & Strength

Black communities weathering the storms of racism, sexism, colonialism, homophobia, and other systems of oppression

Positive Practices for Justice, Equity, & Belongong

Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Access (JEDIBA) for Black people in geography, GIS, and other STEM fields

Many Formats

Serving Up Content in a Range of Formats

We invite scholars at all career stages to submit work that addresses these topics or any others related to the theme of resistance and resilience in Black communities around the world. We welcome a variety of formats, including:

  • traditional research papers,
  • roundtable discussions,
  • workshops,
  • panels,
  • spoken word and hip-hop performances,
  • satellite events, and
  • map presentations.

We look forward to seeing you at the Homecoming R&R!


View opportunities to be a part of Homecoming.
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Submit An Abstract

Share an idea for a Presentation, Panel, Workshop, or Map

NorthStar Atlas

Add yourself to a directory of GIS professionals of African Descent and more.

Submit A Video

Tell us about your career in GIS in a brief video.


Register and select the events you want to attend.

2021 Sponsors

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Community Partners

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