2022 Call for Session Proposals - Deadline: November 15, 2021

2022 National Association for Diversity Officers in Higher Education Annual Conference
Advancing Equity and Anti-Racism Strategies on Campus



The untimely and unjust killings of many members representing our BIPOC and LGBTQ communities have forced the world to confront its centuries-old design flaw: systemic racism. Many institutions of higher education looked inward to identify the ways in which their spaces were created to be exclusive, unwelcoming, and oppressive to students, staff and faculty. In the quest to ensure more people could find a place to belong on campus, many institutions focused on renaming buildings, revising admissions requirements, offering scholarships or clearing debt for some students. In this environment, equity, diversity, and inclusion leaders play an important role in shaping how their campuses will evolve to meet this current moment — moving beyond a diversity emphasis to a more equitable one that ensures the well-being of a democratic culture where all are welcomed and supported in the campus community.

This year’s NADOHE Conference will highlight the policies, programs, practices, and processes that should be examined in order to create an equitable and inclusive campus environment. With a focus on equity and anti-racism, potential presenters from colleges and universities, health professions’ degree-granting institutions, community colleges, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions and Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to submit proposals.

Proposals may address the following broad topics:
● Intersections of race and other identities
● Faculty recruitment, retention, and promotion
● Staff recruitment, retention, and promotion
● Protests and crisis management
● Anti-racism training and professional development
● Racism / anti-racism in global contexts
● Curricula and course development

NADOHE seeks proposals up to (25) for concurrent sessions. Sessions can be based on theory and/or research, but presentations are strongly encouraged to have an applied/practitioner perspective. Proposals may be submitted for any of the following formats:

1. Deep Dive/Case Study (75 minutes, 60 minute presentation)
    − A highly interactive presentation given by 1 or 2 content leaders, developing skills centered around 
       anti-racism and equity through collaborative learning.

2. Learning Lab – Panel (75 minutes, 60 minute presentation)
    − A discussion with 1 moderator and up to 3 panelists presenting perspectives around a specific topic.

3. Express Talks (20 minutes)
    − A TED-style talk given by 1 content leader that explores a single idea with practical tips through story telling.

Please indicate whether your session proposal is most appropriate for seasoned or new Chief Diversity Officers, or other DEI professionals leading campus change.

The Conference Planning Committee will also be offering two separate tracks at this year’s conference:

*The Health Equity Track - provides an opportunity for Chief Diversity Officers and leaders advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice across health professions’ education in degree-granting institutions of higher learning, to engage in robust conversations that facilitate sharing of best practices, strategies, and tools. This track is designed to support diverse cadres of health scientists and professionals in higher education dedicated to advancing health equity. 

*New - The Academic Diversity Office (ADO) Track A new type of position has emerged where an Academic Diversity Officer (ADO), similar to that of the CDO, has responsibility for prioritizing and executing DEI strategic plans and practices in specific academic units: disciplines, schools, departments, and colleges. The ADO Track will focus on defining the ADO role, sharing the lived experiences, challenges, and opportunities of an ADO, exploring how their responsibilities are defined by the mission of their academic unit structure, leadership, and the CDO, and developing critical success factors and professional development that is needed for an ADO to succeed and advance in their career.

The deadline for proposal submissions is November 15, 2021.

We look forward to your contributions to the success of our 2022 NADOHE conference!