NYSCEEA 2020 Conference

Inclusive Practices for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Experiential Learning

Call for Proposals

"Unprecedented" might be the word we have heard used the most frequently to describe 2020. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, we've all had to adapt our policies, practices, and advice to best help students through their academics, career planning, and experiential learning. We've also been renewed, reinforced, and re-committed to our equity practices by nationwide protests against the systemic oppression and violence against Black people and people of color. 

We know this is likely a busy, overwhelming, and exhausting time for many. We also know that we're all doing extraordinary things in the name of the safe education of our students. We would like to encourage you to share what you're doing, what you've tried, what is working, what isn't, and what you're not sure about yet, to keep equity at the forefront of our service to students and/or to adapt to the changing educational and workforce environments. Please don't feel the pressure this year to bring a tested, researched, or data-driven idea to the Conference. If you have something like that, great! We welcome it! But we want to take the pressure off of the workshops this year. We're all jumping into a new world together, and we want to hear about what you're experimenting with to make that happen. 

Please consider running a workshop at this year's Conference. Your workshop could address a specific area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Or, it could discuss a practice or program you've implemented that more broadly integrates DEI. You could talk about something you did to adapt to the Covid-19 environment and maintain or improve access for students. Or something else that fits this year's theme. Consider this your sandbox!

Below are some suggested categories or topics to consider that would fall within this year's Conference theme. They are intended to spark ideas, but not to limit you. Feel free to submit a workshop topic outside this list, or email us at info@nysceea.org if you have questions before submitting.

Topic Ideas

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at your Institution: A workshop could broadly address diversity, equity, and/or inclusion, and might discuss new initiatives, teams, programming, resources, or other support established at your institution.
  • Specific Populations: Consider presenting new information, or a creative way to engage or center a specific community within the area of diversity. This could include, but is not limited to, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, or ability.
  • Experiential Learning: Discuss DEI issues, theories, policies, or practices specifically related to experiential learning.
  • Student Engagement: How are you engaging, targeting, or supporting students from a DEI perspective? What challenges are you facing? 
  • Research and Theory: if your work involves research, publications, or theory that impacts students and/or higher education professionals with a lens related to DEI, consider presenting your a project, initiative, or findings. 
  • Staff and Faculty: How can we best support our colleagues in a working environment (in general, and remotely or blended), particularly when it comes to issues and questions of DEI?
  • Pandemic Plans: What new practices, policies, programs, offerings have you experimented with or implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? What unique challenges have you faced? What is working? What isn't working? How does this impact your diverse student / college community?

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