Call for Proposals: The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being

Posted by Bringing Theory to Practice on October 3, 2016

The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being
A Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Project National Conference
May 24–26, 2017
W Hotel City Center | Chicago, IL

Call for Proposals
Proposals due Wednesday, November 30, 2016

The BTtoP Project is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for our 2017 national conference, The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being.

Some conferences are about intersectionality;
some conferences are about student well-being.
This conference is about the integration of both.

Below is an explanation of what the terms that form the character of this conference mean in the specific context of the conference.

“Intersectionality” refers to how a diverse set of identities intersect and affect the lived experience and well-being of each student as a whole person. Intersecting identities include race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ability or disability, socioeconomic status, first-generation status, and more.

“Well-being” refers not solely to a feeling or an action, but to a relational activity (even practice) of being well—as in being part of a community, having meaningful relationships, and possessing a sense of purpose. Various forms of mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being (e.g., happiness, flourishing, resilience, mindfulness, etc.) are recognized as necessary conditions for well-being overall.

The purpose of this conference is to bring together educators of all types (faculty, student affairs professionals, staff mentors, advising professionals, teaching assistants, administrators, etc.) to focus on the importance of well-being in higher education. Through the lens of intersectionality, conference participants will examine and explore institutional values and campus cultures that acknowledge or contextualize these intersections, support them, and challenge them. This conference takes seriously the commitment to “whole student” development through the exploration of the very elements that make students whole.

The Bringing Theory to Practice (BTtoP) Project invites proposals for presentations and workshops that offer new theory and scholarship, strategy, and evidence-based practices that reflect the integration of the conference topics, and that embody ways to inclusively engage diverse audience members and are adaptable to a diverse array of institutional types. We are interested in encouraging candid conversations (the ones you might have in the hallway at most conferences), and want to build and strengthen relationships between and among those at all levels of the institution.

Presentations and workshops will run concurrently and will take place from Wednesday, May 24, at 3:00 p.m. through Friday, May 26, at 3:00 p.m. Presenters and facilitators are expected to be available at the time they are scheduled by the conference organizers. Please note that all presenters and facilitators of sessions and/or workshops are responsible for conference registration fees, travel, and hotel expenses.

Visit the Call for Proposals for a discussion of conference topics, suggestions for session topics, and information on how to submit a proposal. We look forward to your ideas!

Call for Designs: Opportunity for Students!
Proposals due Monday, October 31, 2016

The Bringing Theory to Practice Project invites students to design a bold and creative logo, diagram, or graphic to use in the materials for our upcoming conference: The Whole Student: Intersectionality and Well-Being.

The creator(s) of the chosen design will earn $250 as well as a travel stipend of up to $500 to attend the conference (registration is already free for students). Individuals or teams are invited to apply.

See the Call for Designs for more information and how to apply.

Questions: Contact conference organizer Jennifer O’Brien at

About Bringing Theory to Practice

Bringing Theory to Practice is an independent project sponsored by the Charles Engelhard Foundation of New York City and the S. Engelhard Center and developed in partnership with the Association of American Colleges and Universities. Information about the Bringing Theory to Practice can be found at

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