Thank you for your interest in volunteering for this year's Left Forum. We rely heavily on volunteers to run the conference and ensure a smooth flow of local and international attendees, panels and panelists.

Volunteer roles and time slots are described below.  When you complete the Volunteer Form you will receive an automatic confirmation and a follow-up email inviting you to attend one of our pre-conference Training sessions.  Left Forum volunteers will receive:

  •   one 3-day conference pass ($80 value);

  •   reserved seats at all Plenaries;

  •   light snacks and beverages (during your shift)

If you have any questions, please contact

Volunteer Training Session

Attendance at the Left Forum Volunteer Training Session is highly recommended.  While not mandatory, we strongly recommend that all volunteers attend Training as there will be limited time for on-site training during the event.  Two options are being offered:  Sunday, June 23rd (from 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM) or Tuesday, June 25th (from 6 to 7:30 PM), with pizza and beverages served.   Training will take place in Downtown Brooklyn, NY near the conference venue.  After you complete this Volunteer Form and select your role and day/time slot, you will receive a separate email inviting you to participate in a Training session.


General Volunteer Shifts


Volunteers will check-in and register attendees, panelists, performers, etc.  This is a simple yet vital role that requires no technical expertise. Most importantly you should be personable and welcoming, with good communication skills to answer questions from those who are registering.  Registration volunteers generally remain seated throughout their shift. 

Friday Registration 2:15pm - 6:30pm THIS SHIFT IS FULL
Saturday Registration 8:15am - 12:30pm THIS SHIFT IS FULL
Saturday Registration 12:00pm - 4:15pm THIS SHIFT IS FULL

Sunday Registration 8:15am - 12:30pm 
Sunday Registration 12:00pm - 4:15pm

Floater Shift

Volunteers for this shift will help out with a variety of tasks. These tasks will include assisting core coordinators in addressing panelists' concerns, helping with crowd flow, and assisting with attendee arrival. These positions will be acitve and include being on your feet and interacting with attendees and speakers.

Friday Floater 2:15pm - 6:30pm
Saturday Floater 8:15am - 12:30pm 
Saturday Floater 12:00pm - 4:15pm
Sunday Floater 8:15am - 12:30pm 
Sunday Floater 12:00pm - 4:15pm


Plenary Usher
**If you are able, Please Register for both Plenary Usher Shifts**
**These shifts will take place at St. Francis College - our plenary venue**


Left Forum concludes each day with a plenary featuring major speakers in an auditorium setting.  Ushers are needed to take tickets at the door, guide attendees to their seats and help everyone, including those who require special seating.

Plenary Usher - Saturday (5:00pm-7:15pm)
Plenary Usher - Sunday (5:00pm-7:15pm)

Specialized Volunteer Shifts

Speaker/Panelist Tech Set-Up

Volunteers assist with computer and project set-up at the beginning of each panel session.  Although these  volunteers must be on their feet while working, they often have down-time between sessions. Tech Set-Up  volunteers should be comfortable with tasks like turning on the computer, turning on the projector and plugging in a  flash drive for panel speakers. Since you will not be responsible for any troubleshooting beyond these basic tasks, a supervisory Tech volunteer will be on call to handle more serious tech problems should they arise. Technology used at the Left Forum will be reviewed in the Volunteer Training session.

Friday - Speaker/Panelist Set-Up 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 
Saturday - Speaker/Panelist Set-Up 9:15am - 12:3
Saturday - Speaker/Panelist Set-Up 1:30pm - 4:30 pm
Sunday - Speaker/Panelist Set-Up 9:15am - 12:30 pm

Sunday - Speaker/Panelist Set-Up 1:30pm - 4:30 pm



Looking forward to seeing everyone at Left Forum 2019!