2020 Proposal Information

Virtual Conference - October 23-24, 2020 Boston College

The proposal submittal is now closed.  We hope you join us this fall for the 20th Anniversary of Diversity Challenge.  Registration Now Open!



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

·         The intersectionality of racial and cultural oppression and isms

·         Racial, ethnic and cultural oppression in the field of education, research, mental health, the world of work, policies, and social justice activism 

·         Addressing discrimination and isms in high-stakes tests 

·         Community-based interventions that promote social justice 

·         Transnational and international perspectives on racial and cultural oppression and isms

·         Self-care and wellness in reaction to systemic oppression 

·         Resisting and coping with racial and cultural oppression and isms

·         Conceptual models that examining impact of isms from a lifespan perspective 

·         Racialization of marginalized religious groups 

·         Confronting racial/ethnic stereotypes about religious minorities

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, 2-3 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 or IP 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.


ISPRC will accept proposals for our 2020 Diversity Challenge - "Goodbye "Isms," Hello Future," October 23-24, 2020 at Boston College until May 15, 2020.  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.

  • 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.
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