School of Education invites session proposals for 2017 diversity education track

The School of Education is actively seeking session proposals for the 2017 Diversity Symposium’s Teaching Practices: Honoring Diversity and Inclusion track.

About the Diversity Symposium

An annual event, Colorado State University’s Diversity Symposium has grown from an invite-only, one-day event into a three-day conference open to anyone interested in exploring diversity and inclusion issues surrounding race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, economic standing, and sexual orientation.

Last year, a track geared specifically toward educators was introduced, focused on diversity and inclusion-focused pedagogical practices and evidence-based research. A recap of the 2016 experience may be found here.

The 2017 Diversity Symposium, scheduled for September 26-28, will be held in the Lory Student Center. The Teaching Practices: Honoring Diversity and Inclusion track will take place on Thursday, September 28.

Session and proposal guidelines

Speaking opportunities are open to all students, faculty, alumni, and community partners. Appropriate topics to consider include trending topics of diversity and inclusion in higher education, pre-K through 12th grade, and workplace contexts; topics directly relating to diversity initiatives at CSU; and current national and international dynamics.

Sessions are scheduled for one hour in length; speakers should include time for discussion in session plan. Attendees will include CSU students, alumni, faculty and staff, as well as community members; speakers should designate a target audience in the application. Speakers should infuse creativity in presentation style, format, and title to engage participants’ wide variety of learning styles. Sessions with high levels of audience participation are generally better received.

Proposals, including a session abstract of no more than 150 words and presenter bio(s) of no more than 100 words, are due no later than July 15, 2017. Parties interested in presenting during the education track of the symposium must apply via the Diversity Symposium Call for Session Proposals form, selecting September 28 as the presentation date.

Interested parties with questions or needing additional information should contact Ria Vigil, director of diversity education and training in CSU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, at or (970) 491-2297.