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Call for Proposals

5th Annual Diversity Conference
Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress
March 28, 2014

The deadline for workshop proposals was Friday, February 7, 2014
The call is now closed. 
Contact Kurt Zeller with any questions:


After a year of milestone Supreme Court cases, University communities and the nation at large are at a critical crossroads for defining how diversity impacts college admissions, individual rights and freedoms, political systems, and larger social and cultural implications. This year's conference "Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress" will explore where we are as a University and community, in regards to race, power, and redefining diversity.  As in previous conferences, we seek to promote respectful dialogue, open-mindedness, the acceptance of others, and the celebration of diversity and inclusiveness.

Conference Tracks:

Presenters are encouraged to focus presentations within the broad themes listed below:

  1. Race in our Community.  Does race still confound our nation? What opportunities are there for the University Community to talk about race or racial issues on campus? 
  2. Power & Empowerment.  Do power structures marginalize groups and individuals in our University?  In our neighborhoods?  What progress has been made to address these power structures on campus?
  3. Redefining Diversity.  How do new definitions of diversity help us transcend diversity barriers?  How do we build upon these opportunities and intersections?

Workshop Guidelines:

  • We encourage you to think about framing your proposal to address the conference theme “Crossroads: An Opportunity for Progress
  • Submissions are open to faculty, students, staff, alumni, groups or teams that are members of the university community.  Outside speakers are welcome but need to be hosted by a member of the university community. For more details contact   
  • Successful workshop proposals will be interactive. Remember to include time for audience participation and discussion when planning your workshop session.
  • Attendees at the conference will consist of administration, faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. Please be sure to think about your target audience.
  • Creativity is important in presentation style, format and title. Consider that participants will have a wide variety of learning styles.


There are generally 10-15 workshops and 20 Posters selected for this one day conference.  The Conference Planning Committee, comprised of administrators, faculty, and staff, will review applications.  Should your proposal be selected, the information you provide will appear in our conference program and advertisements. Notification regarding the status of your workshop proposal will be sent to you by Monday, February 17, 2014. 

All sessions will be free and open to the public. Registration will open February 19, 2014


The deadline for workshop proposals was Friday, February 7, 2014.

Questions should be sent to Kurt Zeller, Office for Faculty Development and Diversity