Call for Proposals

The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Office and the Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invite students, staff, faculty, and alumni to submit proposals for presentations, posters, or roundtables for our inaugural Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Symposium: Recognizing Excellence, Challenges, and the Work Ahead. We seek proposals that address ongoing and emerging areas of social justice, representation, equity, access, inclusion, and psychological safety pertaining to communities in higher education and society at large.


The symposium seeks to understand how the current and future work of St. Olaf students, staff, faculty, and alumni aligns with our five diversity, equity, and inclusion goals:

  1. Ensure the development of an inclusive, culturally humble, and culturally-competent community.
  2. Intentionally engage and uplift all diversity so as to enrich learning, student life, worship, community organizations and events, and work at St. Olaf or broader community.
  3. Ensure that students, staff, and faculty have support and opportunities to thrive at St. Olaf and beyond.
  4. Ensure that employees and/or community members have support and opportunities to thrive in their workplace or local communities.
  5. Identify and revise policies, processes, and practices that present barriers to education and/or work.

Suggested Areas of Emphasis

Theory to Practice
Systemic Efforts at Transformation
Lesbian, Gay, Genderqueer, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, 2 Spirit
Religious Diversity 
Identity Development
Self-Work, Self-Care, and Showing Up
Difficult Conversations: Intergroup Dialogue and Facilitation, Radical Empathy
Environmental Justice
Student Leadership and Activism
Social Media Activism
Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
Body Arts, Visual Arts, and Performing Arts
Linguistic Diversity 
Socioeconomic Status
Collegiate Athletics

Formats for Proposal



Submission Deadline: Proposals for individual or group presentations, posters, or roundtables are being accepted now. The deadline for students, staff, and faculty to submit proposals is February 21, 2022. The deadline for alumni to submit proposals is March 25, 2022.
Decision: Decisions will be communicated to students, staff, and faculty by March 15, 2022. Decisions will be communicated to alumni by April 4.
Preliminary materials: A copy of your presentation will be required by April 27, 2022.