MDHEWD Equity Summit 2022
Call for Presentations and Proposals

The MDHEWD Equity Summit is a three-day virtual learning opportunity to address the changing issues presented in higher education with respect to disability, diversity, and intersectionality. The aim of the conference is to aid participants and their institutions to navigate new territory: to re-frame the narrative surrounding the culture of disability compliance, address institutional infrastructure impediments, and to offer insight into inclusionary practices for Latinx and LGBTQIA+ learners. The conference is designed with a goal of moving disability and diversity from a locus of charitable interaction toward a place of agency within higher education.

Our digital format will offer opportunities for learning across the globe, to engage with scholars at the forefront of their fields, and to boldly consider new ways to remove barriers, be they institutional or cultural, that learners face in higher education. Our conference will offer synchronous participation in workshops, featured speaker sessions, and trend topics, in addition to an Ask the Expert Q&A session. In addition, the sessions will be recorded and made available On Demand for those unable to participate in the conference. 

2022 Theme & Topic Tracks

The theme for the 2022 Equity Summit is Re-Framing the Narrative

The sessions proposed should align with one of the three topic tracks: Disability, LGBTQIA+, and Latinx. Topic tracks allow attendees to make intentional choices on where to focus their energy and which sessions to attend to make for a productive conference experience.

  • Disability: New, Different, Transformatory, or Revolutionary Strategies and Approaches in Higher Education.
  • LGBTQIA+: New Frameworks for Inclusion.
  • Latinx: Focus on Diversity, Leadership and Inclusion.


Opportunities for Engagement

90 Minute Workshop Sessions

  • Duration: 90 Minutes
  • Capacity: Unlimited
  • Location: Virtual
  • Time & Date: Morning / Afternoon, October 25 & 26


20 Minute Trend Talks

  • Duration: 20 minutes + 10 Minutes Q&A
  • Capacity: Unlimited
  • Location: Virtual
  • Time & Date: Morning / Afternoon, October 25 & 26


Non-Exclusive Sample Topics of Interest

Accessibility

ADA Compliance and Culture

Advancing the needs of underrepresented populations

Appreciating Disability

Belonging

Best Practices

Breaking Barriers

Bullying/Mobbing Behaviors

Change Management

Coaching and Mentoring

Creating Normalcy Around Disability

Crip Theory

Cross Cultural Communication

Culture of Ableism

Culture of Inclusion

Cultural Conflict Management

Cultural Competence and Agility

Demographic Change

Disability as a Place of Agency

Dismantling Structural Ableism

Disruptive Learning

Diversifying Leadership

EEO/Affirmative Action/Legal

Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

Executive Accountability

Gender Disparities

Identity

Innovation

Intersectionality

Institutional Infrastructure and Its Impact on the Disabled

Language and Communication

LGBTQIA+

Mental Health

Metrics and Analytics

Organizational Development and Change

Organizational Programs and Practices

Pedagogical Philosophies and Their Impact on the Disabled

Psycholinguistics/Pronouns

Psychological Safety

Queer Theory and Politics

Social Justice and Responsibility

Strategic Visioning Initiatives

Sustainability

Systemic Racism

Technology

Theoretical Constructs

Unconscious Bias

Universal Design

Women in Leadership


Accessibility

ADA Compliance and Culture

Advancing the needs of underrepresented populations

Appreciating Disability

Belonging

Best Practices

Breaking Barriers

Bullying/Mobbing Behaviors

Change Management

Coaching and Mentoring

Creating Normalcy Around Disability

Crip Theory

Cross Cultural Communication

Culture of Ableism

Culture of Inclusion

Cultural Conflict Management

Cultural Competence and Agility

Demographic Change

Disability as a Place of Agency

Dismantling Structural Ableism

Disruptive Learning

Diversifying Leadership

EEO/Affirmative Action/Legal

Empathy and Emotional Intelligence

Executive Accountability

Gender Disparities

Identity

Innovation

Intersectionality

Institutional Infrastructure and Its Impact on the Disabled

Language and Communication

LGBTQIA+

Mental Health

Metrics and Analytics

Organizational Development and Change

Organizational Programs and Practices

Pedagogical Philosophies and Their Impact on the Disabled

Psycholinguistics/Pronouns

Psychological Safety

Queer Theory and Politics

Social Justice and Responsibility

Strategic Visioning Initiatives

Sustainability

Systemic Racism

Technology

Theoretical Constructs

Unconscious Bias

Universal Design

Women in Leadership

Sample Annual Conference Schedule

Currently in design and subject to change

Tuesday, October 25

 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Welcome Session

9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Keynote Address

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – Trend Talk

11:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Workshop Session Block 1

12:30 – 1:15 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:15 – 2:45 p.m. – Feature Speaker Session Block 1

2:15 – 4:15 – Workshop Session Block 2

Wednesday, October 26

 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Opening Session

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Workshop Session 3

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Break

10:45 – 12:15 p.m. – Featured Speaker Session Block 2

12:15 – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch Break

1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Workshop Session 4

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. – Break

2:45 – 4:15 p.m. – Feature Speaker Session Block 3

Thursday, October 27

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. – Opening Session

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Featured Speaker Session Block 4

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. – Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. – Trend Talks

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. – Trend Talks

11:45 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Ask an Expert Coaching Q&A

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Trend Talks

2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Closing Session

Proposal Recommendations

  1. Focus the speaker biographical information to include experience relative to the topic of the presentation. Reviewers are interested in Presenter qualifications relevant to the specific topic, not a general CV.
  2. Identify ONE topic area for the program committee to be able to balance the conference.
  3. Draft an abstract that is clear and concise. Add a description of the presence. Know the abstract will be made available to conference attendees to help them select their schedule for the event. 
  4. Submit a program description that is clear, well organized, and grammatically correct. It is helpful to include a statement on how the topic is important to disability, LGBTQIA+, or Latinx resources or practices in higher education.


Proposal Submission Deadline

All proposals are due no later than July 25, 2022. Proposals received after that date will only be considered as needed.

Application Deadlines

June 8: Call for Proposals Opens

July 25: Call for Proposals Closes

August 15: Notice Emailed to Proposers

August 25: Session Date & Time emailed to Presenters

September 2: Deadline to Submit Edits to Sessions

October 15: Handouts or Slides Uploaded to Conference Coordinator

October 25, 26 & 27: Equity in Missouri Higher Education 2022 Virtual Conference 

Proposal Expectations

MDHEWD accepts proposals with the following set of expectations:

All presenters shall demonstrate expertise on proposed content.

Topics are forward thinking, bold, and challenging.

Presenters are required to provide handout materials on session content for accessibility and post-conference display.

All materials and presentations must be available in ADA accessible formats:

  • Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat all provide an Accessibility Checking feature, which verifies your content against a set of rules that identify possible barriers for people with disabilities.
  • All handouts and slides must PASS the Accessibility Checker.
  • Slides must be uploaded to the Conference Coordinator by October 15, 2022.

Evaluation & Selection

The MDHEWD Equity Committee will evaluate proposals on the following criteria: 

  • Alignment with Conference Themes & Constructs
  • Clarity and Relevance of Topic
  • Content Appropriate for Length of Session
  • Innovative Approaches Offered
  • Accuracy and Completeness of all Required Information
  • Accessibility for Conference Participants
  • Viable Takeaways for Session Participants: Goal Setting Opportunities or Directives

Video Recording

The Virtual Conference will record all sessions for on-demand access after the conference for a time not to exceed 24 months.

Ready to Submit your Proposal?

Please submit the following items by email to eduvents@dhewd.mo.gov before July 25, 2022

  1. Identify one Topic Area you wish to present. (Example: Psychological Safety)
  2. Presenter biographical paragraph, including experience relative to the topic they are presenting on.
  3. Program / Presentation Abstract – include description of presentation, trend talk, or workshop session. Clearly identify how your session ties in with the conference themes of Disability, LGBTQIA+, or Latinx. Identify how your presentation will employ visual aids or graphics. If presenting a workshop, offer detailed agenda for the session, how you will incorporate interactivity in a virtual environment, and outcomes of the session. Be as explicit as you are able, to give the committee a strong sense of what the session will accomplish.