Exploring Diversity Research and Writing Across Disciplines
Sponsored by the Ball State University
Office of Institutional Diversity
and the Department of Psychological Science
Saturday, November 14, 2009
9 a.m.—5 p.m.
Free Registration—Spaces Limited
Submit your proposals between May 1 and July 1, 2009.
The 2009 Diversity Research Symposium will focus on research and writing projects in any discipline that involve cultural identities such as age, race, geographical location, ethnicity, physical and mental ability, socioeconomic class, gender, religion, sexual orientation, nationality, language, and their intersections.
You are invited to submit a proposal to present your diversity related research and writing via a 15-minute talk, a poster, or a facilitated discussion. Papers and research studies already published and/or presented elsewhere are welcome. Presenting at the symposium offers you the opportunity to share your diversity research and writing with other participants and to be
eligible for the following awards:
· Creative Content Presentation Award: Outstanding poster or presentation judged to have the most creative and original content
· Creative Methodology Presentation Award: Outstanding poster or presentation judged to have used the most creative and original research methodology
· GLBT Presentation Award: Outstanding poster or presentation judged to contribute the most to the knowledge and/or awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered issues.
Each award winner will receive a certificate, and each winning poster/presentation will receive a check for $200. The symposium committee will determine the best posters and/or presentations. Winners will be announced at the event.
To submit a proposal, visit www.bsu.edu/inqsit/inqsit.cgi/littleford/DRS2009?Submission and enter the following information:
· the title of your presentation
· author name(s) and status (e.g., faculty, staff, graduate student, or undergraduate student)
· your institution and department or major(s)
· whether the proposal is for a poster, a 15-minute talk, or a facilitated discussion
· a summary of no more than 250 words.
Some examples of topics appropriate for the symposium include:
1. current theory and research about privilege, power, marginalization, discrimination, and difference
2. interdisciplinary research on diversity and interdisciplinary topics, such as:
• how the social construction of race intersects with the history of slavery in the United States or with gender roles in different groups
3. research on access and success of underrepresented groups, such as:
• academic preparation and success
• international and immigrant students
• students from multiracial backgrounds
• first generation students
• program design and evaluation
• cultural support
• underrepresented students in graduate programs
4. research on campus climate and inter-group relations, such as:
• institutional environment
• groups that experience marginalization/harassment on campus
• group membership and group interactions
• campus heterogeneity
• institutional commitment to diversity
• students’ multiple group identities
5. research on education and scholarship, such as:
• curriculum reform
• benefits of diversity on learning
• diversity and pedagogy
6. research on institutional viability and vitality, such as:
• institutional roles and commitments
• diversity and institutional dynamics
• institutional leadership and diversity
• diverse faculty and decision-making
• hiring patterns and diversity
• university partnerships with the community
• longitudinal and cross-campus data
• community colleges and transfers
• assessment, evaluation, and outcomes for diverse students
• international perspectives on diversity.