Call For Proposals

The retreat’s overarching theme is identity. Among the questions it will explore include: How are identities shaped, and how do our identities shape us? How do different identities gain social acceptance? And how do our identities influence our interactions with each other? These questions are starting points from which we can get to know our co-workers, and foster respect for diverse backgrounds and experiences.  

We encourage you to submit a proposal—a presentation, poster, or a Lightning Talk—on the theme of identity and/or its connection with any of the below topics. Proposal submissions are due July 25, 2022, by 5:00 p.m.  


While these topics were gleaned from the staff survey, your proposal need not fall within any of these.

  1. Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, and the Digital Natives: Managing Generational Differences 
  2. Accessibility, Invisible Disabilities, Accommodations, and More: Lived Experiences, Finding Support, and Being Supportive for Those with Different Needs  
  3. Allies in Action: How to be a better ally and help create a more inclusive workplace for yourself and others  
  4. “Isms” and “phobias” on campus and how to engage in difficult conversations: racism, sexism, antisemitism, ageism, classism, ableism, homophobia, xenophobia, transphobia  



  • Can be a solo or group presentation 
  • Maximum length of 20 minutes with time for Q&A 


  • Large, printed material used to convey messages to the public with a
    focus on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice issues, and topics associated with the theme
  • Can be artistic self-expression related to the theme of identity/identification 
  • Maximum size: 36” x 48”
  • Format: Digital, print, canvas, etc.

Lightning Talks” (mini presentations of 5-10 minutes) 

  • Short presentation/speech on topic or personal lived experience 
  • Can be an expression of self in the form of poetry, short story, spoken word, etc.
  • No formal Q&A  


  • Proposal must include a tentative presentation title and a description (250 words max)

Important deadlines

  • Proposal due date: Monday, July 25, 2022 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Notification of proposal acceptance: Friday, August 5, 2022
  • Final presentation title and description due date: Monday, September 5, 2022

Upload your proposal