Collaborators for Change: Ideas into Practice


Save the Date

Friday, September 25, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tentatively scheduled to be hosted at the McClung Museum and Neyland Stadium Skybox.

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We encourage you to distribute the attached Save the Date flyer to colleagues. Please note this summit is intended for UT Knoxville faculty and staff only.

Call for Proposals

The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity is pleased to announce the Call for Proposals for the 2nd annual Collaborators for Change diversity summit to be held September 25, 2015.

Summit theme: Ideas into Practice

The inaugural Collaborators for Change diversity summit presented best practices in diversity and inclusion to members of our campus’s diversity councils and commissions. This year we want to focus on how to turn these concepts and ideas into practice in our work and daily experiences. To that end, this year’s theme is “Ideas into Practice.”

Faculty and staff from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville are invited to submit proposals for presentations, panels, workshops, interactive sessions, social drama, or posters/exhibits addressing diversity and inclusion. We hope to address a range of critically important issues and themes for our campus. Diversity and inclusion work is everyone’s every day business. We are eager to hear about your projects and strategies to advance diversity and inclusion at UT. We encourage you to submit more than one proposal if you have multiple presentation ideas.

We are specifically looking for case studies that exemplify real-world practice and/or disruption of:

  • Power and privilege
  • Race, ethnicity, and Whiteness
  • Religious expression and inclusion
  • Solidarity and individualism
  • (Dis)Abilities, access, and inclusion
  • Cooperation vs. co-opting
  • Gender identity and expression
  • Intragroup conflict
  • Sexual orientation and expression
  • Expressions of identity by in-groups and out-groups
  • Discrimination and microaggressions (ageism, sexism, racism, ableism, etc.)
  • Social construction and evolution of identities

Proposals extending beyond these thematic areas will be considered as long as the case study approach is a fundamental component of the presentation. We will favor proposals that accomplish any of the following:

  • Demonstrates effectiveness of the practice
  • Advances knowledge base of existing literature and theory
  • Features presenters of different university statuses, identities, experiences
  • Improves university capacity and engagement in diversity and inclusion
  • Transforms curriculums and/or programs to enhance diverse and underrepresented perspectives

Proposal Timeline

The call for proposals will close June 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Proposals will be reviewed and selected by the summit planning. You will be notified by June 30, 2015 if your proposal is accepted.


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Submit a Proposal

  • Description of your session as it will appear in our summit materials. If your proposal is accepted, this abstract will be edited for consistency.
  • Why is this relevant to summit attendees? Why is this case study informative for our university community? This helps us better understand your proposal and will not be shown to attendees.
  • Assistant professor, Director, Graduate student, Coordinator, etc.
  • Include titles and departments/units. Separate persons with semi-colons.