American Association of Colleges and Universities

Call for Proposals: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy

Posted on August 7, 2017

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths
March 22–24, 2018San Diego, CA

Call for Proposals Due August 25
The Call for Proposals is now open for AAC&U’s 2018 Network conference, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Democracy: The Inconvenient Truths. The deadline for proposals is Friday, August 25, 2017.

Conference Overview

Call for Proposals

The conference will explore the inconvenient truths that stand in the way of fresh and critical thinking about how institutions can prepare all students for success in work, in life, and as globally engaged citizens. The conference will provide a forum for campus practitioners, students, and stakeholders working collaboratively to design learning opportunities that value students’ cultural wealth, recognize their lived experiences, and honor their exploration and critique of current democratic practice.

AAC&U seeks proposals for sessions examining how educational, cultural, and structural aspects of higher education prepare today’s student to live, work, and participate in a democratic society. Proposals should address these pressing questions:

  • How do your mission statement, strategic plan, policies, and practices reflect and support your institution’s vision of the “ideal” campus? What realities (inconvenient truths) on your campus are impeding the realization of this vision?
  • What are campus leaders doing to change structural frameworks and systemic inequities that impede student access, learning, and success, building on students’ assets and including all campus voices in constructive dialogue about the quality of educational experiences?

AAC&U invites proposals that (1) balance conceptual and theoretical frameworks with concrete, pragmatic examples; (2) facilitate reflection and engagement that helps translate vision into practice; (3) highlight the mechanics and how-to pieces of a practice, strategy, or model; (4) feature mature evidence-based programs; and (5) foster discovery and problem solving through idea sharing and community building. Proposals should address how the work can be adapted in a wide range of institutional types, including community colleges and minority-serving institutions.

Please review the conference overview and call for proposals for detailed information and instructions. We look forward to reviewing your proposals and seeing you in San Diego in March.

For more information, please call (202) 387-3760 or write to Karen Kalla at

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