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Call for Proposals: 2nd Annual Fall Symposium on Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching

Published June 19, 2019

Call for Proposals Diversity and Inclusion

DIRECTO, the Diversity and Inclusion in Research and Teaching Organization at FSU, cordially invites all students, faculty, alumni, and staff from FSU, FAMU, and TCC to submit proposals for the Second Fall Symposium on diversity and inclusion.

DIRECTO’s Annual Fall Symposium seeks to promote constructive dialogue and provide participants opportunities to discuss issues surrounding diversity, inclusion, and equity. More importantly, we want attendees and participants to walk away from the event with tangible ways to promote diversity and foster inclusion in their research projects and teaching methods.

The symposium is supported by the President’s Council on Diversity & Inclusion, the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Division of Student Affairs, the Congress of Graduate Students (COGS), and the Graduate School at Florida State University.

Interested parties should submit a 150-250-word abstract describing a breakout session or poster that addresses a specific element of diversity and inclusion and how it relates to teaching and/or research. Participants are encouraged to think “outside-the-box” for their presentation structure and review suggestions for presentation formats below.

Possible breakout session structures include: talking circles, themed paper presentations, panel discussions, roundtables, workshop or interactive sessions, case studies, posters on display, or something else (see descriptions of presentation formats below).

Possible poster/table presentations include: classic conference poster, table with handouts, organization representatives seated at a table, or short interactive games/giveaways. Project goals/objectives, methodology, results/findings, future work and other discussion should be presented in terms that can be understood by a general audience. We strongly encourage the use of tables, photographs, diagrams, charts, and other graphics to help convey important and relevant information.

Abstracts may address: How can we turn theory on diversity and inclusion into practice? How can we turn our discussions on this topic into making tangible changes in our classrooms and research to make these teaching spaces and research practices more inclusive and equitable?

Topic suggestions include, but are not limited to:

● Inclusive teaching and universal design
● Diversity in content, materials, and ideas
● Issues of race, gender, sexuality, ability, size, class, status in teaching and/or research
● Overlapping issues of diversity and inclusion in teaching and research
● International students, teachers, researchers and cultural concerns
● Issues of identity in teaching and/or research
● Hidden and implicit biases
● Ways that a focus on diversity and inclusion can promote research and/or teaching
● Going beyond the “diversity statement” — making long term changes

Note: If your proposal is accepted you are required to attend one informational session in
advance of the Symposium.

Submit Abstracts Using This Form:

Deadline: June 24th, 2019

Notifications of acceptance will be sent in mid-July

Symposium date & location: September 27th, 2019 9-5pm at Turnbull Conference Center

Questions? Contact us at or visit our website.

Descriptions of Possible Breakout Sessions:

Breakout Sessions List 1Breakout Sessions List 2

Breakout Sessions List 3