Diversity Challenge Proposals

Conference - October 19-20, 2018, Boston College


Although many topics are germane to the Diversity Challenge theme, some examples that merit an explicit racial or ethnic cultural focus are:

  • School-based interventions to address out of school factors that affect educational outcomes in STEM

  • Effects of racism and ethnoviolence in STEM education and professions

  • Diversity or culturally responsive training for STEM professionals

  • Training teachers to attend to biases and counter-STEM expectations as they pertain to themselves and their students

  • After or out-of-school programs addressing issues in education equality within the STEM field.

  • Integration of the Arts and Humanities into STEM fields

  • Research investigating the STEM experiences of women

  • Use of racial or ethnic theories to develop social justice interventions

  • Implications of racial and/or ethnic segregation patterns within STEM fields

  • Investigations of families’ racial/cultural socialization practices on their children’s interest in STEM.

  • Racially-Culturally responsive evaluation of school systems, teachers, and administrators

  • Examinations of critical or anti-racist curricula and their outcomes

  • Research on cultural and social capital and how it impacts career progression

  • Attention to racial or cultural influences on STEM in the global market

  • Impact of the improving technologies on job satisfaction and security

  • Biases or discrimination in algorithmic decision models and video-game or computer technology

Workshop (90 minutes) - An intensive presentation intended to share specific research, educational practices, social policy, or mental health experiences and/or skills, or empirically based knowledge about racial and cultural factors in treatment, research, and policy with an interactive and experiential focus.

Symposium Panel (90 minutes) - Three to five participants present individual papers with a shared racial and cultural theme from different perspectives. Symposium proposals typically have a chair and discussant.

Individual Presentation (15 to 30 minutes) - Formal presentation of theoretical, practical, policy issues, or research related to program development, mental health issues, community and school initiatives, and overcoming systemic barriers as experienced by individuals of all ages. Papers may be grouped together around similar themes by the conference organizers. Typically, 3-4 presentations will share a 90 minute block.

Structured Discussion (45 minutes) - Conveners present a theme relating to some aspect of racial or cultural factors and facilitate group discussions intended to generate new ideas and solve related problems. Structured Discussions (SD) may be paired with another SD with a similar theme and share the 90 minute block.

Poster - Presenters display information with a racial or ethnic cultural focus intended to share information, interventions or research skills, or other experiences relevant to racial or cultural dynamics.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL - Beginning February 19, 2018

ISPRC has extended the date for accepting proposals for our 2018 Diversity Challenge - "Making Race and Culture Work in the STEM Era:  Bringing All People to the Forefront," October 19-20, 2018 at Boston College.  We are pleased to offer you two methods to submit your Diversity Challlenge proposal. To submit your proposal(s), you can:

  1. Submit Online using the link below (*preferred method)
  2. Download the proposal forms and email them to isprc@bc.edu

For information on the conference focus, suggestions for proposals and conference program formats, please view our Call for Proposals (available soon).

  • To submit your proposal online, please click Enter Online Proposal.  Please note that you will be asked to upload a copy of your proposal document and abstracts.
  • To submit your proposal via electronic mail, please download, complete and send the Diversity Challenge forms.  Email completed forms to isprc@bc.edu.
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There will definitely be a greater overall awareness of what the impacts of policies and education are on people of color and other oppressed groups.
Diversity Challenge Participant