Proposals sought for local conference on diversity and inclusion

Proposals for the 2015 Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion, to be held at Marshall Friday, Sept. 11, are now being accepted.

All workshops should be centered on the overarching theme of the conference, “Beyond Diversity.” In his book White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son, Tim Wise, 2015 conference keynote speaker said, “The power of resistance is to set an example: not necessarily to change the person with whom you disagree, but to empower the one who is watching and whose growth is not yet completed, whose path is not at all clear, whose direction is still very much up in the proverbial air.”

Instructions for Submitting a Proposal

Who Should Submit a Proposal: The call is for all education, social work, social service agencies, state and local government, judiciary, health care, business and industry practitioners, to submit proposals sharing experiences and best practices through thought-provoking presentations, interactive demonstrations, and engaging conversations.

Length of Presentation: All sessions should be designed to be 60 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes provided for a question and answer period.

Audience: Conference participants include entry to senior level professionals from across the spectrum of organizations and institutions. Presentations should have a wide appeal.

Presentation Scope: Presentations should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning outcomes of this conference. If presentation focus is more appropriate for corporate, social agency, and/or higher education it should be clearly identified as such.

Proposals Criteria:

  • Proposals should supplement and enhance the conference theme.
  • The Planning Committee welcomes proposals related to any dimension of diversity including, but not limited to:
    • Defining diversity and inclusion
    • Building inclusive communities
    • Addressing other aspects of diversity: religion, disabilities, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, conscious/unconscious bias, multiculturalism, gender, Appalachian culture, poverty, mental health, foster care, veterans, and access to higher education
    • Strategies on engaging the campus and larger community in diversity education
    • Managing controversial issues on campus or in the workplace
  • Proposals may be papers, presentations, workshops, performances, or other creative modes of promoting the education and acceptance of diversity and inclusion.
  • Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups composed of students, faculty, staff and community members.
  •  Be complete (Typed and limited to 300 words; include the following sections: Title, Target Audience, Session Synopsis/Abstract, Objectives/Outcomes, Method of Presentation (i.e. discussion, PowerPoint, activity, etc.) and Equipment Needs.
  • Include each presenter’s name, job title, institution/organizational affiliation, complete mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and biographical information (limit biographical information to 500 words)

Presentation Policy: Presenters are responsible for providing all handouts.

E-mail proposals should be submitted to:

Robert Pleasant
Coordinator of Diversity and Inclusion
Ohio University Southern
740 533-4600

Proposals accepted until conference program is complete.

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