Proposals for sessions are being accepted through January 31, 2021. Interested parties should go to our Request for Proposals page here. Please have the following information ready for your submission:
- Session title, type, and fifty-word abstract outlining the subject matter and objectives
- Presenters’ exact titles and institutional affiliations
Preference in the selection process will be given to sessions that offer the following:
- Adopt a how-to approach outlining a specific practice, strategy or model
- Engage participants with evidence of “what works”
- Facilitate reflection and foster engagement that helps translate abstract ideas into practice
- Advance the DEI initiatives in a particular school, unit or course
- Foster discovery and problem solving through idea sharing and community building, and encourage immediate short term as well as long term dialogue
Who will benefit from DEI Week 2021?
DEI Week programming is designed to appeal to a broad array of interests and inform people with different levels of exposure and different levels of understanding about diversity issues. All are welcome. However, faculty, administrators, alumni and student leaders are especially likely to benefit from our programming, including:
- Persons that have served or are currently serving on search and hiring committees;
- Persons that have served or are currently serving on interview and selection panels for student admissions, awards and scholarships;
- Persons that have served or would like to serve as a USC Diversity Liaison, or persons that would like to serve on student, alumni or faculty development committees;
- Persons teaching classes or serving as teaching assistants in courses where diversity, equity, and inclusion are subject matter topics;
- Persons that would like to update or enhance course offerings to better address and explore DEI issues as they arise in the classroom and/or office environment;
- Persons that provide services to highly diverse student populations;
- Persons interested in exploring new strategies and best practices to increase diversity in enrollment and hiring;
- Persons that have received criticism about potential bias or insensitivity to others; and
- Persons planning new educational initiatives, business innovations, or research projects and want to explore whether these new ventures are properly responsive to potential DEI issues.
For further questions, please feel free to email the organizers at DEIweek@usc.edu.