Supporting students in their academic success, interpersonal development, and career readiness are critical components of global learning and international education. The Global Inclusion Conference offers a unique environment to explore the ways that advancing equity and inclusion in global education contribute to student learning and inclusive success. We invite you to submit a proposal to share your experiences with the broader community.
Since 2013, Diversity Abroad’s annual conference has constituted the most comprehensive forum to share innovations, build community, and collaborate to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education and cultural exchange.
In fall 2023, Diversity Abroad will convene the most comprehensive forum in the field to share innovations, build community, and collaborate to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education and cultural exchange. As in prior years, Global Inclusion 2023 will embody Diversity Abroad and its member community’s holistic approach to addressing and accelerating systemic and equitable change in all aspects of global education and cultural exchange.
Concurrent sessions must involve a minimum of two and up to four (4) presenters in the presentation. Concurrent sessions are either 60-minute or 75-minute interactive sessions. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and professionals from different campus units/offices and/or with colleagues from other institutions for greater consideration. Presenters must develop a tool/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees. For example, a session focused on hiring practices might include sample interview rubric to mitigate bias.
Deep Dive Session
Deep Dive sessions are interactive and engage participants in hands-on activities and discussions. Deep Dive sessions are 90 minutes, including a presentation or panel discussion with time for audience engagement such as breakout sessions, Q&A, and action planning activities. Deep Dive session submissions are expected to include a chair and have no more than three (3) additional presenters. Presenters must develop a tool/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees. For example, a session focused on assessment might include sample student evaluation prompts and rubrics for evaluating best practices.
Conference posters will encourage attendees to explore emerging themes in global education, diversity, and inclusion through interactive dialogue and visual representations (infographics, pictures, graphs, etc.). Proposals may encompass a broad range of topics such as: multicultural student experiences, promising practices/case studies, and research.
Critical Issues submissions are lecturettes with no more than two (2) presenters. The 30-minute session block will address emerging trends and frequently overlooked topics in the field.
The Global Inclusion 2023 Planning Committee invites session proposals inclusive of diverse perspectives that focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in all sectors of global education. With this in mind, presenters are expected to identify which track applies to each proposed session:
These “Tracks” provide a framework for participants of the conference to better understand the content of the session, especially for those seeking to specialize in one or more broad area.
This track explores inclusive excellence in the workplace in support of cultivating a culture of belonging, creating paths for career advancement, and ensuring representation of diverse professionals. Session topics may include hiring practices, training and development, professional development, mentorship, and allyship within global education and cultural exchange as well as balancing career advancement and health/wellness for diverse professionals.
Ensuring students are equipped to succeed in education abroad programs requires staff, faculty, and administrators to promote inclusive practices across the continuum of the education abroad process. This track will explore policies, advising practices, and support techniques to serve all students before, on-site, and after participating in international programs.
Beyond supporting international students with immigration matters, many colleges and universities engage in programming efforts to create meaningful connections with the local communities and domestic students as well as U.S. employers who host participants in work/travel programs and internships. This track offers intentional program models and best practices that offer international students a greater understanding of the diverse communities that make up the United States.
Developing critical global competencies does not solely depend on student mobility. This track explores digital learning tools and meaningful global educational experiences at home - both on campus and within the local community - that global educators can leverage to equip young people with the skills, knowledge, and global acumen to thrive in an interconnected 21st century workforce.
Global education offices and organizations benefit from formalizing current diversity and inclusion efforts into a cohesive plan to broaden access and engender inclusion in all aspects of global education. This track examines the process and components of engaging multiple institutional stakeholders to develop a comprehensive diversity and inclusion strategy, as well as how to develop inclusive and comprehensive practices in global education.
As higher education institutions become more globally diverse, faculty are positioned to both advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in and through their work. Additionally as faculty ranks diversify, faculty are positioned to foster a climate of inclusion and belonging to support the success of colleagues from diverse backgrounds. This track explores the role of faculty in global education and best practices for global learning within teaching and learning.
We have seen significant change in both international education and diversity, equity, and inclusion work over the past decade. What do you foresee for the next decade? This track will explore emerging trends and innovations related to global education.
Within these tracks there are multiple themes to explore. Here are some themes that you might consider to addressing however other themes are welcomed keeping in mind the focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion in global education.
The focus of each session will help attendees understand the contents and intended outcomes of the session. Each submission will be expected to note the focus of its content:
- Research:These sessions will explore recent studies and findings related to the chosen track.
- Best Practices/Case Studies:Sessions with this focus will ground promising examples in frameworks and/or structures that will be applicable to a variety of situations. Submissions explicitly promoting a specific program or product will not be accepted.
- Trainings and Workshops:These sessions will be highly interactive, providing participants an opportunity to develop and practice new and existing skills related to the chosen track.
- Proposal submissions will be accepted through Friday, April 14, 2023 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
- Word limits. The Planning Committee may reject a submission without review if the abstract or description exceeds the word limits specified in the application.
- Participation limits. To promote broad participation in the Global Inclusion Conference, an individual may not appear as primary presenter or chair on more than two submissions. An individual may not appear as a participating presenter on more than three submissions.
- Presenters are encouraged to review the guidelines available in the Global Equity & Inclusion Guidelines when developing proposals.
- Presenters are encouraged to develop a comprehensive resource handout including: theoretical frameworks, authors of significance, seminal readings, news platforms, etc.
- All participants whose proposals are accepted for a session (chairs and panelists where applicable) are required to register for the Global Inclusion Conference by the early bird deadline and attend the Conference to present their scheduled session. Presenters will receive a 10% discount on early bird pricing.
A PDF version of the call for proposals questions and prompts can be found here. Please note that all submissions must be submitted through the online portal to be considered. The 2023 Global Inclusion Conference is now closed. Thank you for your submissions. We look forward to reviewing the submissions.
GSLS Proposal Information
All program proposals submitted for the Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS) should be designed for a student audience. Our participants are high achieving and enjoy being challenged. They want to go deep and walk away with tangible skills, action items, or resources to support their on-going learning.
Sessions should focus on Personal Identity, Leadership Identity, or Career Readiness. Global education should be the lens in which all sessions are designed and we ask our students to speak from and engage in all of these conversations with their identities in mind.
In implementing a Call for Proposals for the 6th Annual GSLS we want to provide the opportunity for professionals who can support our participants growth, personally and professional and help them process how their global experience can support that growth. We are looking for presenters who want to actively engage with student leaders and aid in supporting the next generation in their journeys.
Critical Conversations on Personal Identity
The critical conversations series begins with a group wide foundations session before breaking off into smaller groups to engage in a skill-building session or dialogue around one aspect of personal identity. Sessions should have a minimum of two presenters and are 90 minutes long. Please take into consideration the benefit of having diverse perspectives amongst your facilitators in order to support the many identities participating in this activity.
Critical Conversations on Leadership Identity
The critical conversations series begins with a group wide foundations session before breaking off into smaller groups to engage in a skill-building session or dialogue around one aspect of leadership identity. Sessions should have a minimum of two presenters and are 90 minutes long. Please take into consideration the benefit of having diverse perspectives amongst your facilitators in order to support the many identities participating in this activity.
Concurrent Workshop (Identity, Leadership, Career Readiness)
A concurrent workshop allows time for students to dig deeper into one aspect of identity, leadership, or career readiness through hands-on activities and discussions. Workshops are 60 minutes and should be interactive and go beyond the basics. Submission should have a chair and no more than two presenters (one presenter is acceptable).
Please note the same guidelines and timeline noted above apply for the Global Student Leadership Summit. Proposal submission will be accepted through August 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.