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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Workshop Proposals

Thank you for your interest in proposing a Friday, January 20th workshop for the 2017 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence!

An overview of workshop proposals is provided below. Details on Summit theme, submission link and deadline are NOW AVAILABLE.

We are seeking workshops that will engage a wide range of audiences and issues, all in relation to the Summit's theme (Many Stories, Many Truths: Overcoming Challenges in Building Community), and each contributing to participant knowledge and skills for Inclusive Excellence. To help you prepare your proposal, please review the information below before clicking to the online submission form below.

Priority consideration will be given to complete proposals received by 8am, Monday, 7 November 2016. Workshop proposals will be accepted beyond the deadline, and reviewed on a rolling basis to fill any available workshop slots.

If you have questions about the workshop proposal form or process, or the Summit overall, please email

Please consider the following as you prepare your proposal:

  • Need for clear learning objectives and your topic's relevance to this year's Summit theme. You will be asked to explain how your proposed session has both.
  • Length. Initial plans are for one morning and two afternoon sessions, 75 minutes each. We may be able to offer a very small number of double-length mini-institutes (covering both afternoon sessions) for exceptional topics/proposals.
  • Presenters. To model collaboration and to increase impact, we encourage having at least two presenters for each session, especially pairs/teams from different disciplines or operational areas, a mix of students and employees, etc.
  • Interactivity. Wherever possible, we encourage presenters to actively engage participants in creating their own learning, versus being passive observers of media, speakers, etc. Beyond including question and answer time at the end, how can you involve the participants?
  • Universal design. We encourage all workshops to be proactive in including a diversity of learning styles, mobility and visual abilities, etc. See
  • Audience. You'll be asked to indicate what level of prior knowledge/experience your session presumes of participants, and what university roles (student, instructor, etc) would benefit most from your session.

You will be asked to provide the following information about your proposal, which we suggest having ready to copy and paste into the application as you will not be able to save or return to incomplete submissions:

  • primary contact's name and information
  • session title and relevance to Summit theme
  • 3 specific session outcomes (what participants will gain)
  • session abstract (for publication; 150 words max)
  • session description (for selection committee only; 250 word max)
  • intended audience
  • presumed audience prior experience level
  • any media and room needs
  • presenter names, titles, email addresses, phone numbers and brief bios

Submitting your proposal

Once you have worked through these considerations with co-presenters, please complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM (not yet active) by 8am, Monday, 7 November 2016 for priority consideration.

Workshop proposals will be accepted beyond the deadline, and reviewed on a rolling basis to fill any available workshop slots.

Please contact with questions.