DEADLINE: Proposals must be postmarked by January 21, 2011
2011 Conference Theme:
The Future of the Academy: Maintaining and Strengthening Academic Diversity in the Midst of the Current Economic and Political Climate
Many universities and colleges are facing drastic cutbacks in their budgets. For some, also on the chopping block are ethnic and cultural studies departments and programs and offices serving traditionally underrepresented students. In this increasingly austere and challenging academic environment, individuals devoted to creating and maintaining a diverse and equitable academy have to become more creative, resilient, and proactive to keep such programs and services alive. Over the course of two days, some of the questions we hope to discuss include: Are the benefits of campus diversity initiatives still integral to the "University" mission? Is there a need to encourage awareness of the connection between campus-wide diversity and improvement in educational outcomes? Are there more equitable ways to address campus-wide cutbacks without sacrificing departments and programs and offices designed to meet the needs of diverse student populations? How will the current political climate affect the future of higher education and its efforts with diversification?
We invite oral presentations, poster presentations, academic panels and workshops from professional, graduate and undergraduate students, faculty, and administrators, which may, (but do not necessarily have to), address the theme of this conference and the questions posed above, whether from a research, teaching or practice perspective.
Please visit the following website for additional information about the conference: http://www.yale.edu/