UC Santa Barbara

April 28th - May 1st, 2021: Climate Justice Symposium for Transforming Education; July 2021 CHESC

Social Equity

The Social Equity Speaker Selection Committee is excited to review this year’s proposals. We look forward to new projects and strongly encourage artistic and non-traditional presentations. Visual and performance based artworks, as well as presentation and workshop proposals that disrupt conventionality, are encouraged. We hope to expand and diversify the understanding of sustainability through the lens of equity, social justice and diversity in higher education. We welcome artists, scholars, activists, and “makers” who seek to improve and examine sustainability to ensure underrepresented populations, people of color and indigenous communities are well represented.

Specific topics we are interested in, but not confined to:

  • Collaboration between higher education and indigenous groups
    • Acknowledgement protocols
  • Best practices and lessons learned when developing programs and projects that promote inclusive sustainability
  • Campuses that have or are creating master/strategic plans: how they are integrating social justice in these plan?
  • Conversational and interactive workshops and presentations
  • Diversity: how higher education are working with local communities
    • Especially minorities and indigenous groups

For more information on application instructions, presentation styles, and the review process, please visit our overall call for proposals page.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the proposal evaluation criteria, the speaker selection guidelines, relationship to the conference theme “data-driven change and engagement”, and with consideration of the areas of interest above. You may also find it helpful to see what topics we covered at our last conference on our 2019 Concurrent Sessions page. Please click “Social Equity” on the left hand side of the screen to see the social equity related sessions at last year’s conference.

Please also consider applying for a best practice award in social equity & justice, off-campus partnerships & engagement, or one of our other categories this year.  Several new award categories have been added! You can learn more at our overall best practice awards program page and on the page highlighting the updated award categories.  You may apply for both a best practice award as well as the call for proposals for speaking. Some of the questions are intentionally the same to allow for some of the answers to be copied and pasted from the call for proposals for speaking.  Different committees review the call for proposals for speaking and the best practice awards and so it is important to apply for both if you want to be considered for both.