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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Workshop Proposals

Thank you for your interest in proposing a Friday, January 26th workshop for the 2018 Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence!

An overview of proposal expectations and submission process follows.

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.

Priority consideration will be given to complete proposals received by 8am, Monday, 6 November 2017. Workshop proposals will be accepted after the priority 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.
  • Track: While a point of our work is that the issues are interrelated, we also expect some workshops to focus more closely on one of the two workshop tracks below. You'll be asked to indicate with which ONE track your workshop most closely aligns:
    • Track One
    • Track Two
  • 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, relevance to Summit theme, and subtheme 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
  • any media and room needs
  • presenter names, titles, email addresses, phone numbers and brief bios (100 word max)

Submitting your proposal

Once you have worked through these considerations with co-presenters, please complete the ONLINE SUBMISSION FORM by 8am, Monday, 6 November 2017 for priority consideration.

Workshop proposals submitted after the priority deadline ARE reviewed on a rolling basis to fill any available workshop slots.

The Workshop Committee will review complete applications as quickly as possible, intending to make decisions before the end of fall quarter, or within 2 weeks for submissions received after the priority deadline.

Please contact with questions.