School of Education seeks proposals for Diversity Symposium

Story by Melissa Pickett

The School of Education’s Adult Education and Training specialization and Center for Educator Preparation at CSU are seeking session proposals for the “Teaching Practices: Honoring Diversity and Inclusion” track at CSU’s annual Diversity Symposium, which is taking place at the Lory Student Center Sept. 20-22.

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 Colorado State University; and current national and international dynamics.

flyer for call for proposalsConference attendees will include college 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. When planning a session, speakers should include time for discussion. Priority consideration will be given to proposals that specifically address diversity and inclusion-focused pedagogical practices and evidence-based research.

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 1 – an extension specifically offered for the “Teaching Practices: Honoring Diversity and Inclusion” track. Interested parties must apply via the Diversity Symposium Call for Session Proposals form, selecting Sept. 22 as the presentation date.

Interested parties who have questions or need 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.

About the Diversity Symposium

An annual event, CSU’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.

About the School of Education

The School of Education, one of eight academic units in the College of Health and Human Sciences, seeks to effectively use communication, leadership and facilitation skills in teaching, research and engagement, in order to empower and support prospective and practicing educators to become personally and professionally competent, effective and caring community members. The School of Education offers one undergraduate degree and a variety of graduate programs.

About the CEP

The Center for Educator Preparation (CEP) is a center within the School of Education focusing on the preparation of teachers and principals. The CEP offers 17 different K-12 teaching endorsement areas, including Early Childhood, and offers a Master’s Degree + Principal Licensure for experienced educators.

About the AET

The Master of Education – Adult Education and Training (AET) degree is housed in the School of Education. Faculty in AET are practitioners of adult education and are experts in the field of adult learning, teaching, instructional design, assessment, evaluation, and learning transfer. The program is designed to prepare practitioners for planning and instructional responsibilities appropriate for adult learners in postsecondary, community and corporate settings.

CSU University Communications Staff