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Call for Proposals
2019 Inclusive Excellence Symposium: “Disrupt”

Deadline for Proposal Submission: Monday, September 9, 2019

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What is Aggies Think Care Act

Aggies Think Care Act is a campus-wide initiative to foster a caring community that elevates the academic experience for all Aggies and prepares students to become global citizens and leaders. Aggies Think Care Act embraces USU’s Principles of Community based on civic responsibility, respect for diversity, and human dignity. We believe all Aggies belong and encourage each individual to play a role in making USU an inclusive campus.


Aggies Think Care Act invites proposals that examine the educational, cultural, and structural experiences of underrepresented members of our communities, on campus and beyond. Proposals may aim to increase cultural competence of the campus community or to help prepare underrepresented groups for academic success. Each proposal should address at least one area of Aggies Think Care Act themes:

  • knowledge and awareness (Think)
  • compassion and empathy (Care)
  • social and individual responsibility (Act)

This year’s theme is “DISRUPT.”

All proposal should balance theoretical frameworks with application, emphasize concrete strategies or develop practical models, facilitate audience reflection and engagement, and foster critical thinking and creative problem solving.

Presentations will take place on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at the Eccles Conference Center on USU’s Logan campus. Presenters should plan to be available at the time their session appears in the conference program. (We will work with presenters’ teaching schedules).

Developing and Submitting a Proposal

The online proposal form includes the following fields (A sample blank form is available for review):

  • Name, title, discipline, institution/organization name, and email address of each facilitator
  • Session format
  • Proposal topic and subjects
  • Session title (100-character limit including spaces)
  • Learning objectives (minimum 3)
  • Background and importance of topic (250-word limit)
  • Program outline (include a plan for audience engagement)
  • Previous experience on presenting this presentation
  • Inclusion of this year’s theme “disrupt” (250-word limit)
  • Relevant articles/references (minimum 3)
  • Brief description of the presentation to be used in the conference program if accepted (50 words)
  • Abbreviated curriculum vitae or resume of each presenter that highlights expertise in thepresentation topic (two pages per presenter limit, and must be combined into one file)
  • Suitability for distance learning (recording or broadcasting for Statewide Campuses)
  • Suitability for Continuing Education credits for professional licensing

You can submit your proposal online, by clicking on this link or copying into your web browser.

Proposal Review Criteria

The symposium strives to empower USU students, faculty, and staff to advance equity and inclusion through education, collaboration, and research. The proposal selection committee will include experienced academic and higher education professionals of a diverse range of backgrounds and areas of expertise. Successful proposals will be empirically-based and focus on best practices or theory-to-practice models that advance diversity and inclusion in practice and thought. The committee will also consider proposals that are informed by experience and promote consciousness-raising.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the extent to which they will:

  • Expand equity-minded approaches to teaching and learning at USU.
  • Advance understanding across differences.
  • Explicitly help attendees understand and apply the material through reflection, discussion, exercises, and other activities.
  • Reflect diverse perspectives, innovations, disciplines, and strategies for change.
  • Increase the cultural awareness, sensitivity, and multicultural perspectives of attendees.
  • Empower underrepresented members of our community for academic success and advancement.
  • Reflect this year’s theme: “DISRUPT.”

Session Formats


(50 minutes; 1–4 facilitators; room set in round tables; audiovisual available). Workshop facilitators should present scholarship and evidence related to the topic and engage participants in reflection, discussion, and application that advances diversity and inclusion. Facilitators should guide attendees in the critical thinking process, engage attendees in problem solving, and explore new ideas in a collaborative manner.

Poster Session

(60 minutes during lunch time; 1–2 presenters; Posters set up in 2nd and 3rd floor lobby). Posters may present empirical research that is diversity-focused or work that bridges theory to practice. The poster session provides an opportunity for presenters to network with attendees and share ideas.


Please email Eri Bentley, the chair of Aggies Think Care Act or call 435-797-1012.

A printer-friendly version of the call for proposals can be accessed here.