Call for Proposals

ALAHEDO Fall 2021 Conference 

hosted by the University of North Alabama

October 28-29, 2021

Call for Proposals

ALAHEDO invites proposals for presentations, plenary, posters, and workshops to be presented at the annual conference.  Students, faculty, staff, community organizations, partners and local/regional/state industry entities (educational and professional) are encouraged to submit their ideas. 

The conference theme is “Innovation for Inclusive Excellence: Empowering Campus Communities to Drive Inclusion.”

This is an opportunity for presenters to describe demonstrated or potentially effective innovation, best practices, strategies, programs, and models related to:

  • innovation for inclusive excellence in diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • effective recruitment and retention efforts of minority faculty and staff;
  • utilizing diversity data as benchmark for innovation and strategic change;
  • increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion ownership to all stakeholders;
  • policy development for best practices of inclusive excellence; and
  • other areas related to impact media/social media on DEI advancement efforts.

 

CONCURRENT SESSIONS/TRACKS

Conference tracks will include innovation and research; promising programs and models; training and skill building sessions; new trends; technology; and resources.  Presentations may include research session, a workshop, panel or poster format.  Regular sessions or workshops should be tailored to fit within a 50-minute time frame and must include time for audience questions, a PowerPoint or other electronic format presentation, and handouts for participants. Panel sessions should be tailored to fit within a 60-minute time frame and must include time for audience questions. The panel presenter is responsible for securing and confirming panel guests.  Posters will be available for viewing for up to 90 minutes and should provide visual displays on poster boards and handouts on table-tops for informational purposes only.  Proposal selections will be made based on the review criteria and the needs of the conference.  An example of a past proposal submission can be requested by sending an email to ddei@una.edu with the subject line “sample proposal.”

The deadline for proposal submissions is August 1, 2021.  All proposals must be submitted by “Proposal Request” Forms here: ALAHEDO Proposal Request Form

If you plan to submit a proposal, please keep in mind…

  • All submitted proposals will be reviewed by members of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Conference Planning Committee at the University of North Alabama.
  • We will not consider proposals where it appears that the focus of the session is primarily on promoting a specific commercial product.
  • If selected, you (or a designated alternate) must commit to presenting at the conference.
  • Presenters will be provided with more specific workshop and poster presentation guidelines after proposal selections have been made.
  • Travel and hotel expenses may be covered for the keynote presenter for the day of their presentation.
  • Conference materials will be posted on both the ALAHEDO and the University of North Alabama, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion websites to be made available to the public after the conference.

Please note all sessions will be delivered face-to-face following all appropriate CDC and ADPH guidelines.

A complete proposal consists of these five elements:

  • Completed Proposal Submission Form.
  • Relevant innovations, best practices, models, theories, and research.
  • Presentation abstract for printing in the conference program book. (100 words or less)
  • Narrative response to the proposal review criteria. (2 pages maximum)
  • Biographical sketch for each presenter (50 words or less)

Expect e-mail notice of acceptance by approximately September 1, 2021. 

NOTE: Please be aware that not all proposals submitted for presentation may be accepted.  Accepted presenters will be notified by September 1, 2021. Presenters accepted for this conference do not receive honorarium, speaker’s fee or reimbursement of expenses associated with presenting at this conference. Presentation supplies and copying services are not provided.  All presentations may be recorded for rebroadcast on campus for educational purposes.  Also, all presentations may be stored in the University’s institutional repository for educational purposes.