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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Workshop Proposals

Thank you for your interest in proposing a workshop for the 2018 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence! Workshops will be held on both Thursday and Friday, January 25 and 26th.

An overview of proposal expectations and submission process follows. Already accepted workshops are posted on the Workshops page.

We are seeking workshops that will engage a wide range of audiences and issues, all in relation to the Summit's theme (Peace, Justice and Inclusive Communities), 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.

Proposals are being accepted and considered on a rolling basis.

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

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.
  • Track: Our overall Summit theme is drawn from United Nations' work on sustainable development, attending to the environmental, economic and human impact of human activity. More specifically, we want to explore two particular goals in this work (linked below). Understanding that the issues are interrelated, you'll be asked to indicate with which ONE track your workshop most closely aligns:
  • Scheduling. Initial plans are for a morning and afternoon session on Thursday, and one morning session on Friday, each 75 minutes long. Please indicate all times you and copresenters are available to present, knowing many other variables will also impact specific scheduling. (We will do our best to work with preferences, beyond absolute un/availability.)
  • Presenters. To model collaboration and to increase impact, we strongly 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 in their learning?
  • 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:

You'll be asked about many of the items above, along with a few other details. We suggest typing up the info in advance, and having it ready to copy and paste into the online form. (Our system is not able to save or return later to incomplete submissions.)

  • primary contact's name and information
  • session title, relevance to Summit theme, and sub-theme track
  • 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
  • general schedule availability
  • any media and room needs
  • presenter names, titles, email addresses and brief bios (100 word max)

We ask for a lot of information intentionally, both to ensure proposals are well thought out, and to avoid multiple follow up emails to you seeking needed information for decision, event publicity, session scheduling, room preparation, etc. Thanks for being proactive, thoughtful and thorough!

Submitting your proposal

Once you have worked through these considerations with co-presenters, please complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM .

The Workshop Committee will review complete applications on a rolling basis, following up with submitters ASAP.

Please contact [email protected] with questions.