Request For Participation

2022 Conference
July 20-24
University of Denver

Request for Participation


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Pursuing Inclusivity: The University and Beyond

Drawing upon its new mission statement, The Society for the Future of Higher Education announces a three-year initiative for faculty and staff from a variety of institutions to develop and implement projects to make their institutions more inclusive, just, and equitable. In 2022, our programming will center on inclusivity. Other sessions at our conference will reflect this theme.

In addition to traditional participation tracks, our Denver conference will serve as incubator for new ideas and initiatives by providing space and time outside of the daily pressure of work life. Individuals and/or campus cohorts will connect as interdisciplinary teams in productive conversation and consultation. Higher ed administrators and DEI professionals will be available to provide feedback. Groups should leave the meeting with action plans to pursue, or continue to work on, when they return to their home campuses and communities.

Participation can take the form of

  • paper (traditional 20 minute research paper)
  • presentation (10-15 minute TED talk style presentations)
  • exploratory group (small groups working daily to explore, examine, debate, and discuss inclusion issues with the goal of applicable outcomes)

Focus should be on the following areas:

  • Inclusion and pedagogy/curricula
  • Inclusion and underrepresentation among all campus constituencies
  • Inclusion and community engagement
  • The fully inclusive/integrative campus (disciplinary inclusivity/collaboration)

Teams and presenters might share:

  • Theoretical explorations of why and how inclusivity improves campus or society
  • Course design and syllabi examples
  • Developing inclusivity statements and working them into policies (from courses to departments to general campus)
  • Case studies and experiments of inclusivity work on campuses
  • Strategies for enhancing experiences of inclusivity for students, staff, and/or faculty
  • Successes and challenges in incorporating inclusion efforts on campus and the classroom

Applications to participate should be approximately 250 words, or a one minute video, detailing the idea or initiative that the individual or team will be developing.

Two projects will be selected for Robert A. Spivey Excellence in Scholarship Award, which include a $300 prize.

Proposal deadline extended to May 15, 2022
Questions? Contact Terry Shoemaker:

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