Call for Proposals

Due Date for Submissions: Sunday, February 18, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.  

In order for a workshop to be considered to participate in the 2018 NELGBT Conference: Intersectional Truths: From Individual Narratives to Collective Activism, hosted by Rutgers University-Newark, each presenter must complete the Workshop Proposal Form found below:

Rutgers University-Newark ’s Finding Intersectional Relations Through Education (FIR-E) Planning Committee will be hosting the 23rd Annual Northeast LGBT Conference from Friday, April 6, 2018 through Sunday, April 8, 2018.  This year’s conference theme is: “Intersectional Truths: From Individual Narratives to Collective Activism" focusing on embracing our intersectional identities and narratives while simultaneously building collective strategies for communal activism for liberation of our diverse communities. This encompasses topics such as, but not limited to: stereotypes, anti-blackness, LGBTQIAP/queer student activism, feminism, intersecting identities, women’s leadership, DACA and other migrant narratives, police brutality/police brutality in queer and communities of color, queer spirituality, ableism, homelessness, social movements, and activism and portrayals of cultural histories.

All proposals will be reviewed between two to three weeks of submission. Once your proposal is accepted, you will be notified and asked to confirm attendance and register before the FIR-E schedules your presentation.

Proposals submitted will be read by professional peers as well as students recruited by the office of the FIR-E Planning Committee.

Proposals will be evaluated on the following criteria. Use this as a checklist as you write and submit your proposal.

Note: To ensure that the “Intersectional Truths: From Individual Narratives to Collective Activism” Conference includes diverse and representative perspectives, no more than two proposals from any individual presenter will be accepted for the final concurrent session program.

PURPOSE: Have you clearly articulated the purpose of your presentation? What information, concepts and ideas do you want to convey?

VALUES: Is your proposed presentation consistent with the FIR-E Planning Committee’s Core Values?

Education & Scholarship
Social Justice & Equity
Empowerment & Support
Leadership & Innovation
Experiential Learning
Community-Building and Engagement

RELEVANCE: Have you clearly described why and how the information you will present is essential for “Intersectional Truths: From Individual Narratives to Collective Activism” Conference participants? Has it added to the overall theme of the conference? Does it address the content areas listed above? How are intersectionality, narrative and collective activism both highlighted and play a role in your proposal? 

INNOVATION: Is your presentation forward-thinking, cutting-edge, or provocative? Have you clearly described how it will offer novel information?

INTERACTIVE AND ENGAGING: How would you ensure to engage your participants? What would make your proposal interactive?

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Have you identified at least two learning outcomes consistent with the FIR-E Planning Committee’s values and the conference theme?

QUALIFICATIONS: Have you and your co-presenters clearly demonstrated your qualifications for offering this presentation?

Session Format:
Session format refers to the structure of the proposed session. Please see samples of formats below. Please note that these are just examples and that we welcome creativity and thinking outside of the box:

  • Poster Session: Poster presenters share visual models. The poster session provides an opportunity for presenters to talk with attendees about how to apply findings to their own work.
  • Facilitated Discussions- Facilitated Discussions provide time for participants to examine topics of similar interest through iterative sharing of expertise and experiences. They provide an opportunity to work through issues (e.g., interrogate assumptions), engage in problem solving (e.g., break down hierarchies), and explore new ideas—all from multiple perspectives. Proposals for a discussion should briefly set the context for the conversation related to one of the conference topics, and articulate the intended audience in terms of institutional type, position, or particular area of practice. Facilitators assist the group in examining new ways of thinking about the topic and strategies for moving forward given the professional reality and expertise of each individual in the room. This session should allow for questions from all participants to stimulate and focus the conversation so it is meaningful to all involved.
  • Workshops- Workshops provide opportunities for participants to bridge vision with theory and practice. Facilitators should guide participants in examining critical theories, social justice issues, narratives, activism movements, histories, scholarly evidence, and etc. that support the mechanics of developing inclusive dialogues focused on questioning assumptions and exploring real vs. ideal institutional frameworks for equity-focused purposeful pathways for learning and activism.
  • Innovation/Ideation Sessions- These sessions feature initial steps or cutting-edge advances in re-framing institutional oppression , activism, and how we document our intersectional and marginalized narratives. They might address any of the suggested conference topics (or other topics of interest) to help participants interrogate and move past the assumptions that impede student access, success, and preparation for work and engagement in our global society. Sessions should describe the institutional context, guiding theories, status of the project including any lessons learned, and applicability to other types of institutions. Please allow time for audience questions.

Due Date for Submissions: Sunday, February 18, 2018 by 5:00pm EST.