Diversity and Inclusion Symposium

Diversity and Inclusion Symposium 2023

Rise Together

March 16 and 17, 2023


About the Diversity and Inclusion Symposium 

The Diversity Symposium at the University of Arizona is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to learn and discuss important topics related to diversity and inclusion through hands-on interactive breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and dialogues. Participants gather for facilitated discussions on critical issues affecting higher education, such as unconscious bias, student success for marginalized students, intersectionality and unlearning harmful actions. 

What can you expect from the symposium?

Call for Presenters

The Diversity and Inclusion Symposium is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to learn and discuss critical issues related to diversity and inclusion in higher education. We invite you to submit a proposal to present successful strategies, new research, and inspiring frameworks that advance the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion on the university campus and beyond. The Symposium will provide participants with opportunities to rise together by expanding our collective knowledge, strengthening our resilience, and deepening our capacity for compassion.

Sessions for the Diversity and Inclusion Symposium will go beyond the rhetoric and prioritize impactful practices, institutional culture, and accountability in realizing the values of inclusive excellence. Conference sessions will explore the experiences of institutional and community participants; model equity-forward practices in teaching, learning, and mentoring; identify barriers that are hindering progress; and promote interactive dialogues toward transforming individual ways of being as well as university systems, structures, and policies. It is imperative that we stay focused on making progress towards a transformation that can be achieved and sustained and efforts that represent more than an illusion of inclusion.

The Symposium Planning Committee invites session proposals that are inclusive of diverse perspectives and trends in diversity and inclusion in higher education. We invite you to consider topics such as BIPOC communities and support, anti-racism initiatives and efforts, trans and non-binary communities and support, religious inclusion, current national and international dynamics and topics directly relating to diversity initiatives at the University of Arizona. We invite presenters to think about the learning outcomes for the Symposium (see the above section on "What can you expect from the Symposium?"). With this in mind, presenters are asked to identify which applies to each proposed session:


Offers in-depth sessions that actively help participants develop specific competencies and skills and have the widespread potential for implementation. The session can focus on specific skill development, problem-solving, or work and conversation on specific issues. All learning labs will take place on Thursday morning ONLY.


Emphasizes a spirited discussion between the presenter(s) and session attendees around a central question.


Provides the opportunity for performance-based opportunities to model and practice effective strategies for building community, accountability, participatory decision-making, or honoring successes. Sessions must include ample opportunity for movement, engagement, discussion, and feedback.

MEDIA SESSION (90 minutes)

Share an original audio-visual presentation, such as films, music, podcasts, audio clips, or projects (entire or excerpts) that use new media. The viewing of or listening to media should not take up the entire session, include ways of engaging the audience into their proposed session descriptions.

NARRATIVE PRESENTATION (6-7 minutes per presenter, 45 minutes total)

These are thought collages of basic concepts. One slide is visible for exactly 20 seconds and exactly 20 slides are allowed. Embraces a storytelling format where the presenter integrates core concepts of their talks into the group discussion that follows. Proposals submitted under this format will be grouped with up to two (2) other presenters.

Submission Guidelines
  • Presenters are encouraged to be creative in presentation style, format, and title. Participants will have a wide variety of learning styles. Highly participatory sessions are generally better received; please remember to include time for discussion.
  • Proposals that cite peer-reviewed academic sources in the development of session content will be given priority consideration.
  • Presenters are encouraged to develop a comprehensive resource handout including theoretical frameworks, authors of significance, seminal readings, news platforms, worksheets, etc.
Submission Instructions

Eligibility: Current Staff, Faculty, Graduate Students, Administrative Leaders

Session proposals should be thought-provoking, introducing novel ideas and experiences followed by discussions with the audience. Proposals must use the following information:

  • Name and contact information of submitter
  • Organizational/professional affiliations of the session's presenters (one or two people)
  • Session title (15 word limit)
  • Brief program description, for marketing purposes (50-75 words)
  • Presentation Description (500-word limit) to include:
    • Statement of Purpose and Outcomes - State the purpose of the presentation and the anticipated outcomes. The purpose will communicate the intention or goals, and the anticipated outcomes will give details of what those attending can expect from the presentation.
    • Organization of Content - Describe the content to be presented in a well-organized manner with a clear outline of the presentation. Include descriptive examples that provide supporting evidence such as, but not limited to, lesson or unit designs, narratives, exhibits or community events, etc. for the subject matter being presented—this will vary for the different presentation formats.
    • Relevance of Topic - Include details about how the topic relevance and how it makes a timely contribution to diversity, equity, justice, and inclusion issues and trends in higher education and/or the broader society.
    • Impact on Practice - Indicate how the presentation promotes best practice and provides an enriching professional development opportunity for attendees.
  • Target audience (staff, faculty, and graduate students)
  • Desired delivery method (in-person or virtual)
  • Session format

You are invited to submit your session proposal to the Program Committee by Jan. 20, 2023, at 11:59 p.m. Arizona Time online.

Notification of proposal status will be emailed by Jan. 31, 2023.

General inquiries regarding the Symposium's Call for Presenters may be directed to inclusion@email.arizona.edu.