2019 Proposal Information

Conference - October 25-26, 2019, Boston College


~ Proposal Submission is now closed ~

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Although many topics are germane to the Diversity Challenge theme, some examples that merit an explicit racial or ethnic cultural focus are:

·         Exploration of the contributions of self to the marginalized others

·         Coping with one’s own marginalization

·         Mental health interventions focused on treating racism and ethnoviolence

·         Self-care and wellness in reaction to the hostile social climate

·         Educational opportunities focused on healing, resistance, and survival of students and teachers

·         Transnational perspectives on healing and self-preservation

·         Narratives/personal stories and observations of the effects of the current political atmosphere on communities

·         Community development of resistance and strategies in response to oppression

·         Community-based interventions and modes of healing

·         The intersectionality of acculturation and racialization of immigrants as a form of marginalization

·         Community responses to xenophobia

·         Spiritual health programming/interventions

·         Creative conceptual models of activism, healing, resistance, and survival

·         Resistance strategies on the individual, community, and/or national levels

Workshop (90 minutes) - An intensive presentation intended to share specific research, educational practices, social policy, or mental health experiences and/or skills, or empirically based knowledge about racial and cultural factors in treatment, research, and policy with an interactive and experiential focus.

Symposium Panel (90 minutes) - Three to five participants present individual papers with a shared racial and cultural theme from different perspectives. Symposium proposals typically have a chair and discussant.

Individual Presentation (15 to 30 minutes) - Formal presentation of theoretical, practical, policy issues, or research related to program development, mental health issues, community and school initiatives, and overcoming systemic barriers as experienced by individuals of all ages. Papers may be grouped together around similar themes by the conference organizers. Typically, 2-3 presentations will share a 90-minute block.

Structured Discussion (45 minutes) - Conveners present a theme relating to some aspect of racial or cultural factors and facilitate group discussions intended to generate new ideas and solve related problems. Structured Discussions (SD) may be paired with another SD or IP with a similar theme and share the 90-minute block.

Poster - Presenters display information with a racial or ethnic cultural focus intended to share information, interventions or research skills, or other experiences relevant to racial or cultural dynamics.


*Proposal Submission is now closed*

ISPRC will accept proposals for our 2019 Diversity Challenge - "Race, Culture, and WHMP: Survival, Resistance, and Healing in the Current Social Climate," October 25-26, 2019 at Boston College until the extended deadline, May 3, 2019.  We are pleased to offer you two methods to submit your Diversity Challlenge proposal. To submit your proposal(s), you can:

  1. Submit Online using the link below (*preferred method)
  2. Download the proposal forms and email them to isprc@bc.edu

For information on the conference focus, suggestions for proposals and conference program formats, please view our Call for Proposals (available soon).

  • To submit your proposal online, please click Enter Online Proposal.  Please note that you will be asked to upload a copy of your proposal document and abstracts.
  • To submit your proposal via electronic mail, please download, complete and send the Diversity Challenge forms.  Email completed forms to isprc@bc.edu.
There will definitely be a greater overall awareness of what the impacts of policies and education are on people of color and other oppressed groups.
Diversity Challenge Participant