Program Proposals


You are invited...

to submit program proposals for the ACPA-MI Equity and Inclusion Summit 2018, “Plant, Grow, Harvest: Building Equity in your Communities” to be held at University of Michigan - Flint on Friday, May 18, 2018. Student affairs administrators, advisors, graduate students, new professionals, researchers, faculty, and other academic staff are strongly encouraged to submit program proposals.

The allotted time-frame for presentations will be one hour. The submission deadline for conference program proposals is April 20, 2018.

Notifications regarding program proposal acceptance, as well as scheduling information, will be communicated via e-mail by early May. All presenters must register for the ACPA-MI Equity and Inclusion Summit.

Potential topic ideas could include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic alliances for building and strengthening equity and inclusion
  • Building capacity and sustainability for equity and inclusion
  • Diversity of race, class, gender, religion, sexual/affectional orientation, or disability
  • Historical patterns of issues related to equity and inclusion in higher education
  • Educating for personal and social responsibility
  • Engaging equity and inclusion through service, coursework, or other learning environments
  • Creating a positive campus climate
  • Empowering students to be activists and agents of change
  • Using the virtual world to teach equity and inclusion
  • Policy issues at institutional and national levels affecting equity and inclusion
  • Examinations of implicit and explicit equity and inclusion issues in the curriculum

Proposals will be evaluated on the basis of:

  • Relevance to the summit theme and/or the student affairs profession
  • Clear reflection of current issues and innovative responses
  • Advancement of the knowledge base in student affairs
  • Adaptability of ideas to a variety of settings and institutions
  • Clarity of presentation purpose, objectives, and goals for specified audience
  • Strong conceptual or theoretical foundation
  • Creativity and uniqueness
  • Demonstration of sound writing practices
  • Provision for active involvement in the learning process
  • Information presented is achievable within one hour timeframe

Tips for effective program presentations:

  • Strong abstract, program purpose, and outline.  This assures that attendees understand the type of program they are attending and the expected outcomes.
  • Participant involvement and interaction.  The use of discussion or activities ensures that participants will be involved in the session.
  • Use of handouts and visual aids. Visual aids help make your program more interesting. Participants often appreciate getting handouts on which they can take notes; this allows them to pay more attention to the information being presented.

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