Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium

Important Information

Proposals and inquiries can be sent to the Symposium Chair, Austin Higgs (inclusive@vcu.edu) with "2017 EILS" in the subject line. 

Submission Deadline: June 1, 2017

Accepted Proposal Notifications: June 15, 2017

Symposium Date: August 18, 2017

To apply, click here

This serves as a call for presenters for faculty and staff to The Division for Inclusive Excellence’s 2017 Equity and Inclusion Leadership Symposium. This symposium, by and for the VCU community provides a forum to examine and engage around emerging and challenging topics in diversity, inclusion, equity and access. Connecting VCU’s commitment to diversity with significant, material action, the Division for Inclusive Excellence invites applicants to build proposals that involve our already active and compassionate community, offering symposium presentation proposals that cross disciplinary, unit, and area boundaries.

The Division invites presentations in any of the following formats: papers, workshops, panels, roundtables, performance that address one or more of the core symposium themes:

• inclusive practices in the workplace/classroom,
• equity and access,
• recruitment, retention and success,
• assessment,
• communications and,
• climate and intergroup relations

The Division encourages workshops that utilize innovative presentation/teaching methods and/or incorporate interactive opportunities for conference attendees. All presentations will be 50 minutes long. All presentations will include designated time for Q&A with audience members. 

Inquiries can be directed to the Symposium Chair, Austin Higgs (inclusive@vcu.edu)  with “2017 EILS” in the subject line.

Instructions for Presenters

Presenters are invited to submit their presentation proposals via RedCap.  All submissions are due by 11:59 p.m. on June 1, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by a committee. Evaluation criteria are: relevance, impact, and innovation. Proposals should address presentation content, duration, format, and expected learning objectives. 


Decisions on accepted proposals will be finalized on June 15, 2017.  The symposium will be on August 18, 2017.