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Equity Within the Classroom Conference

The 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference is being hosted by Oakland University at the Troy Marriott Hotel in Troy, Michigan on March 13-15, 2016. 

The theme is Belonging Equals Student Success and Transformation: Eliminating Dispositional Barriers for Students. Register here

About the

Conference

Equity Within the Classroom Conference is hosted annually as a collaborative effort between Michigan's KCP Initiative and the state's public and independent colleges and universities. The Equity Conference provides an annual forum for faculty, administration, staff, and postsecondary education supporters to review current research findings; annual retention outcome data; best practice strategies; and, specific KCP developed retention strategies positively impacting equality of opportunity and degree achievement of KCP targeted students. The annual Equity Within the Classroom Conference site is provided by a host institution during Spring, generally March or April, each year. Conference information is available each Winter by the host institution and the KCP Initiative State Office. For more information, contact the State KCP Initiative Office at (517) 373-9700.

About Oakland University: Oakland University is a world-class academic institution located on 1,443 acres of wooded hills and meadows in Rochester, Mich. A vibrant academic community, Oakland University currently enrolls more than 20,000 students, boasts nearly 100,000 alumni, and delivers more than 260 degree and certificate programs.

Featured

Speakers

This year's keynotes speakers will include Terrell Strayhorn and Tim Wise.

Terrell Strayhorn

Terell Strayhorm headshot

Terrell Strayhorn is a nationally recognized motivational lecturer, author and provocateur. He has penned 8 books and more than 100 journal articles and reports including the book College Students’ Sense of Belonging. Strayhorn was named one of the most highly visible scholars in his field by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.

For his research, he was named one of the top 12 diversity scholars in the country by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. A highly-prolific scholar, Stryhorn earned tenure in just three years and has secured more than $2.5 million in external grants. He directs a major research center at The Ohio State University.

Strayhorn's book College Students’ Sense of Belonging will be featured at the event.


Tim Wise        

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Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation.

He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

Wise is the author of six books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America (City Lights Books). Other books include Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority (City Lights Books); his highly acclaimed memoir, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son (recently updated and re-released by Soft Skull Press); Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White; Speaking Treason Fluently: Anti-Racist Reflections From an Angry White Male; Between Barack and a Hard Place: Racism and White Denial in the Age of Obama; and Colorblind: The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity.

     

Wise has appeared on hundreds of radio and television programs, is a regular contributor to discussions about race on CNN, and has been featured on ABC’s 20/20. He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received anti-racism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

Featured books

Strayhorn's book College Students’ Sense of Belonging will be featured at the event; as well as Wise's book, White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

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Attendance

Who Should Attend?

The Equity Conference provides an annual forum for faculty, administration, staff, postsecondary education supporters and community leaders. The forum will review current research findings, annual retention outcome data, best practice strategies and specific retention strategies developed by the Michigan King-Chavez-Parks (KCP).


Fees
Fees Registration fees are paid by sponsoring institutions. Each institution is allocated 15 registrants. Registration covers breakfast and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday, but does not cover the cost of transportation to/from the conference or lodging. To register for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference, please click the registration button on the right. Please check with your designated institutional representative before registering. A list of representatives can be found by clicking on the list under the tab below.

Registration fees are paid by sponsoring institutions. Each institution is allocated 15 registrants. Registration covers breakfast and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday, but does not cover the cost of transportation to/from the conference or lodging.

To register for the 2016 Equity Within the Classroom Conference, please click the registration button on the right. Please check with your designated institutional representative before registering. A list of representatives is below.

Institutional Representatives
Central Michigan University – Carolyn Dunn Ph : (989)774.3700; insdiv@cmich.edu

Eastern Michigan University – Elise Buggs ebuggs1@emich.edu

Ferris State University – Todd Stanislav Ph: (231) 591-3541; stanist@ferris.edu

GEAR UP – Tracey Taylor Ph: (517) 335-5846; taylort12@michigan.gov

Grand Valley State University – Bobby Springer Ph: 616-331-2177; springeb@gvsu.edu

KCP Initiative – Rudy Redmond Ph: (517) 373-9700; redmondr@michigan.gov

Kettering University – LB McCune Ph: : 810-762-9629

Lake Superior State University – David Myton dmyton@lssu.edu

Lawrence Technological University – Hsiao-Ping Moore Ph: (248) 204-3500; hmoore@ltu.edu

Michigan State University – Doug Estry Ph: (517) 353-5380; estry@msu.edu

Michigan Technological University – Jill Hodges Ph: (906) 487-3310; jhodges@mtu.edu

Northern Michigan University – Shirley Brozzo Ph: (906) 227-1554; sbrozzo@nmu.edu

Oakland University – Pat Dolly Ph: dolly@oakland.edu

Saginaw Valley State University – Mamie Thorns Ph: (989) 964-4397; mtthorns@svsu.edu

University of Detroit Mercy – Pamela Zarkowski Ph: (313) 993-1585; zarkowp1@udmercy.edu

University of Michigan Ann Arbor – Gloria Taylor Ph: (734) 936-1055; gtz@umich.edu

University of Michigan Dearborn – Ann Lampkin-Williams Ph: (313) 593-5321; lampkin@umd.umich.edu

University of Michigan Flint – Vahid Lotfi Ph: (810) 762-3121

Wayne State University – Henry Robinson Ph: (313) 577-5050; hlrobinson@wayne.edu

Western Michigan University – Martha Warfield Ph: (269) 387-4429; martha.warfield@wmich.edu
Request for

Proposals

Theme: Belonging Equals Student Success and Transformation – Eliminating Dispositional Barriers for Students

The 2016 Equity in the Classroom Conference hosted by Oakland University is a collaborative effort between Michigan’s King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative and Michigan’s public and independent colleges and universities. The Equity Conference provides an annual forum for administrators, faculty, staff and postsecondary education supporters to review current research findings; annual retention outcome data; best practice strategies, and; specific KCP developed retention strategies positively impacting equality of opportunity and degree achievement of KCP targeted students.


Recommended Topics for Workshops and Poster Sessions

Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15, 2016

  • Integration
    Cultural programs that support and promote students’ sense of belonging and transformation by elimination of dispositional, institutional and situational barriers.
  • Innovation
    Improvement of the recruitment, retention and completion rates of underrepresented populations by creating innovative teaching and learning strategies in and out of the classroom.
  • Collaboration
    Visionary and collaborative community engagement partnerships and programs with two and four year institutions, K-12 schools, parents and/or community agencies.
  • Inclusion
    Leading applied research and assessment on accessibility and equity for underrepresented students in higher education.

Types of Proposals

Applicants may submit paper proposals for a 60-minute session or an interactive poster session referenced as an interactive showcase presentation. Research presentations and conversations that consider the complex nature of a student’s sense of belonging and success will be favored.

Applicants may submit proposals in one of the following formats:

A PANEL of multiple presenters on related issues.
A PRESENTATION by one or more authors on a single topic.
A WORKSHOP with audience interaction and active learning around specific outcomes and applications.
A SHOWCASE OR POSTER PRESENTATION with creative presentations during the evening reception designed for audience interaction.

Conference planners will do their best to accommodate presenter preferences in light of conference goals and timing. To facilitate this dialogue, proposals in multiple formats are welcome.

Concurrent sessions (Panels, Paper Presentations, Workshops) Concurrent sessions explore and demonstrate innovative practices and programs or applied research findings related to student success. Concurrent sessions will be offered in 60-minute blocks. Interaction and participant engagement are key elements of these conference sessions, though there may be elements of more traditional presentations as well. Proposals should be submitted using the online system and include:

  • Name(s), position(s), institutional affiliation(s) and contact information for the presenter(s). The person who submits the proposal will be the key contact.
  • Session title
  • Session abstract (not to exceed 150 words) outlining the objectives, content and format for the session. What is a key goal of the session? What will participants leave the session knowing or being able to do? Abstracts should be written with the needs of the participants in mind. This abstract will appear in the conference program.
  • Audiovisual requirements at the time of proposal submission. There will be follow-up communication to allow presenters to request specific equipment when they register.

Interactive Showcase Presentation
Showcase presentations are a vibrant way to showcase research findings, innovative practices and programs. To emphasize their value and importance as a way to disseminate information, presenters should network with others interested in similar topics and access rich feedback. The poster session will take place in conjunction with a reception. Although showcase presentations should be self-explanatory, presenters must be in attendance during the full reception being held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. We encourage interactive, creative and innovative approaches.

Proposals should include:

  • Name(s), position(s), institutional affiliation(s) and contact information for the presenter(s). The person who submits the proposal will be the key contact.
  • Showcase title
  • Showcase abstract (not to exceed 150 words) outlining the objectives and content of the poster. What is the key goal of the poster? How will your poster foster interaction and active learning? Word your abstract with the needs of the participants in mind. This abstract will appear in the conference program.

Proposal Submission
Proposals will be subject to blind peer review by an Oakland University committee that includes both faculty and staff.The following are the five primary evaluation criteria used in the review of proposals.Preference will be given to proposals reflecting the conference theme. Participation in a poster session is encouraged.Administrators, faculty, academic staff and students in higher education and individuals in other organizations focused on student access and achievement in higher education are encouraged to submit proposals.

Criteria
  1. Relevance to the conference theme
  2. Clarity and coherence of the session description and plan
  3. Relevance to the interest of the conference participants
  4. Contributions to new or innovative practices for student, staff and faculty development.
  5. Likelihood that the session will stimulate active engagement of participants. 

Submission of proposals will close on January 15, 2016

For additional information please contact
Patricia Dolly, Ed.D
Sr. Advisor to the President
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
(248) 370-3645

To download printable version of this call for proposal, click here