As the field of international education and cultural exchange seeks to support a more diverse and inclusive student body, the need to identify champions on and off campus and at all levels of the institution- is paramount. How can we drive systemic change so that all students — both domestic and international — can maximize the opportunities that a global educational experience presents towards their academic, interpersonal and career success? Moreover, how can the field become more inclusive and support not only the entry of new and diverse professionals, but encourage progression to leadership positions? Add your voice to the dialogue as we explore these questions at the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference.
The 2020 Diversity Abroad Conference — Amplifying Voices: Moving from Rhetoric to Systemic Change — will be held beginning on Saturday, March 14 and concluding on Tuesday, March 17 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The program will consist primarily of presentations selected through this open call for submissions which include concurrent sessions, deep dives, critical issues sessions, a poster community, as well as invited speakers and panel discussions.
The Diversity Abroad Conference Planning Committee invites session proposals inclusive of diverse perspectives that focus on outbound education abroad, inbound international students, and/or Diversity/Equity/Inclusion with respect to supporting the retention and advancement of professionals from diverse backgrounds and increasing the competencies of all professionals to advance inclusive excellence. Additionally, all sessions present the opportunity for researchers to share their emerging work and how research or theory can inform practice. 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.
Concurrent sessions must involve a minimum of two and up to four presenters in the presentation. Concurrent sessions are either 60-minutes or 75-minutes sessions which will be determined by the Conference Planning Committee. Presenters are encouraged to collaborate with colleagues and professionals from different campus units/offices and/or with colleagues from other institutions, both U.S. and non-U.S., for greater consideration.
A Deep Dive session provides an opportunity for the presenter(s) to involve participants in interaction through hands-on activities and discussions. Deep Dive sessions are 120 minutes, including breaks and time for action planning. Deep Dive session submissions are expected to include a chair and have no more than three (3) additional presenters.
The Poster Community is intended to encourage conference 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. Presenters will present their work concurrently during a 60-minute interactive session.
Critical Issues will involve multiple 10-12 minute presentations related to one of the overarching themes. Accepted presentations will be assigned to a moderated Critical Issues Session (50 minutes total). Moderators (identified by Diversity Abroad) will facilitate 15 minutes of Q & A to address audience questions after all 3 presentations are finished. Presenters must develop a tool/reading list/resource/framework that can be shared with the attendees. For example, a session focused on inclusive hiring may include a sample interview rubric to mitigate bias.
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- Each submission will be expected to note the anticipated level of understanding and knowledge necessary to meaningfully engage in the session content:
- Entry level sessions should address basic topics of diversity and inclusion in global education, require little to no experience with the content of the session, and include information that is relevant to entry level professionals.
- Intermediate level sessions should require some level of understanding or experience with the topics covered in the session and advance the conversation beyond the basics of the topic covered.
- Advanced level sessions should cover material that require advanced understanding of the topic or theme and include information that is relevant for senior level administrators and educators.
GUIDELINES & TIMELINE
- Proposal submissions will be accepted through August 23, 2019 at 11:59 PM Pacific Standard Time.
- Participation limits. To promote broad participation in the Annual 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 Access, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity (AIDE) Roadmap when developing proposals.
- All participants whose proposals are accepted for a session (chairs and panelists where applicable) are required to register for the Annual Conference by the early bird deadline and attend the Conference to present their scheduled session. The Diversity Abroad Conference is unable to accommodate virtual presenters.
- General inquiries regarding the Annual Conference may be addressed to email@example.com or by phone +1-510-982-0635 ext. 707. Confirmation notices are scheduled to be sent in late September.
GLOBAL STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
The 6th annual Global Student Leadership Summit (GSLS), which takes place in conjunction with the 8th Annual Diversity Abroad Conference, March 14-17, 2020, will be accepting external proposals. Sessions should support the growth of our student participants’ identity and leadership development and help them to process their global experience in order to leverage it for their career readiness. We are excited to receive proposals to increase the impact of GSLS in 2020!
GSLS Proposal Information
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.