Request For Participation

2022 Conference
July 20-24
University of Denver


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 at a wide variety of institutions to develop and implement projects to make their institutions more inclusive, just, and equitable. In 2022,
the SFHE’s focus will be on inclusivity.

The meeting is less about presenting work and more about serving as incubators for new ideas and initiatives. Individuals and/or campus cohorts will connect as interdisciplinary teams in productive conversation and consultation and leave the meeting with action plans to pursue 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.

Participants will have the opportunity for feedback from higher education administrators and DEI professionals. Presentations will be in the style of a TED talk.

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

Proposal deadline: April 15, 2022
Questions? Contact Terry Shoemaker:

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