Proposals being accepted for the Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion

Proposals for the 2018 Tri-State Conference on Diversity and Inclusion are being accepted. The conference will be held Friday, Sept. 28, at Marshall University and is being chaired by Mountwest Community and Technical College. The 2018 conference theme is Intersectionality: Celebrating the Difference Among Us. All workshops should be centered on the overarching theme of diversity and inclusion. Information on past workshops can be found at


Proposal Criteria

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, in the classroom, or in the workplace

Proposals should supplement and enhance the conference theme.

Proposals may be papers, presentations, workshops, performances, or other creative modes of promoting the education and acceptance of diversity and inclusion.


Instructions for Submitting an Online Proposal

Who should submit The Planning Committee is calling all educators, behavioral health professionals, 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 60 minutes in length with an additional 15 minutes for a question and answer period.

Audience Experience Level Conference participants include high school and college students as well as entry to senior level professionals from across the spectrum of organizations and institutions. Presentations should indicate if they are best suited for secondary students, post-secondary students, professionals, or are appropriate for all levels of experience.

Presentation Scope Presentations should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning outcomes of this conference. If the presentation focus is more appropriate for corporate, health care, social agency, and/or higher education it should be clearly identified as such. Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion 2018 2

Presentation Policy Presenters are responsible for providing all handouts to attendees and their own travel expenses. Presenters are also responsible for providing an electronic copy of their presentation to the Planning Committee one week prior to the event.

Additional Materials Presenters selected will be expected to cooperate with the continuing education guidelines of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling and/or the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as required by the Planning Committee.

Proposal Submission questions:

Dr. Linda Koenig
Director of Counseling and Health Services
Shawnee State University

Submission Requirements

Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups composed of students, faculty, staff, and community members. All proposals must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, and limited to 300 words.