Call for Proposals (2023)

The 2023 Call for Proposals is OPEN.

Building Bridges to Success for African American and Hispanic Males

The 2023 Clemson University Men of Color National Summit will offer educational, informative, and enlightening sessions that enable summit participants to experience engaging, empirical, and interactive learning opportunities. Accordingly, the Clemson University Men of Color National Summit’s proposal evaluation committee seeks session proposals from a diverse array of leaders, scholars, and educators that address engage high school students and professionals in topics around critical social issues, solution-centered perspectives, and best practices affecting the achievement and college readiness of African-American and Hispanic males. While all session proposals are welcomed, it is recommended that session proposals focus on high school students, college students, or a professional audience. This year the Summit will feature a dedicated session for Workshop style breakout sessions in which the Summit committee is seeking proposals that are participatory in nature and focus on hands-on learning through small group activities and problem-solving. Moreover, we strongly encourage session proposals that are designed to motivate, inspire, and educate African-American and Hispanic male students to succeed in high school, college, and beyond. Proposals that focus on high school students and college students should describe the purpose of the session, learning objectives, and expected outcomes of the session as well as provide information that describes the presentation format. Proposals that focus on a professional audience should clearly describe the audience the proposal addresses as well as delineate the learning objectives, presentation format, and goals of the session.

Session proposal submission instructions: Complete the form below, which consists of inputting information, selecting options and sending a photo and biographical sketch via email to

Please read the Frequently Asked Questions, shown below, which provide essential information about the call for proposals process.

*The proposal submission process is open between September 6, 2022 (8:00 am Eastern Standard Time) to October 21, 2022 (5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time)*

**The proposal submission form, photo, and biographical sketch must be submitted on or before October 21, 2022 (5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time)**

Primary Presenter Information
Session Proposal
20. How did you learn about the Clemson University Men of Color National Summit?
21. Required Email Submissions Checklist

20. Send a color photo (e.g., 300 dpi .jpg format) and a separate biographical sketch consisting of 100 words or less of the primary presenter via email to We do not require a photo and biographical sketch of the co-presenter(s). The photo and biographical sketch of the primary presenter are required to complete the proposal submission process. To acknowledge this proposal submission requirement, please check both boxes below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Submission Process
Proposal Development
Evaluation Criteria
  • When will the committee review the proposals?
    The proposal review committee will review the proposals after the call for proposals period has ended.
  • What are the proposal review criteria?
    The proposal review criteria include, but are not limited to, the session overview (e.g., Are the session's learning objectives clearly defined, aligned with the session theme, and connected to the summit's theme?); presentation format (e.g., Does the session utilize an effective format?); and audience engagement (e.g., Will the session incorporate impactful audience interaction?).
  • How can I enhance my proposal?
    With regard to the committee's review criteria, which influences the selection decisions, the selected proposals describe the audience for the presentation; specify the focus of the presentation; delineate the connection between the presentation topic and the summit theme; discuss whether the presentation will focus on high school students, college students, or professionals; briefly articulate the presenters qualifications; describe how the presentation will be engaging for the intended audience; and incorporate technology, multimedia, handouts, audience interaction, case studies, personal narratives, storytelling, and research.
  • How will the committee review the proposals?
    The proposal evaluation committee incorporates a quantitative component (i.e., a rating form), a qualitative component (i.e., an analysis of the content of the proposal), as well as mixed methods procedures (i.e., a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques).
  • What other criteria does the committee consider?
    While evaluating proposals, the committee is advised to consider our interest in diverse, positive, and non-political sessions. In addition to these issues, our selection process seeks to ensure that the summit's concurrent sessions discuss solutions to challenges facing men of color. Also, as it relates to evaluating proposals, the committee considers the extent to which session proposals incorporate theoretical, research-based, and scholarly perspectives as well as utilize students as co-presenters, focus on college students, focus on high school students, highlight practical implications, integrate research findings, examine college readiness, focus on parents, emphasize mental health topics, and focus on contemporary issues.
  • What additional considerations will the proposal review incorporate?
    During the proposal evaluation process, while considering the complex array of attributes about each proposal, the committee also contemplates the potential impact of all of the session proposals recommended for selection. Additionally, the proposal evaluation committee ensures that we have adequate topical representation to address each session theme (i.e., career and professional development, entrepreneurship, masculinity/personal identity, retention rates, graduation and student achievement, and social/community engagement).
Presentation Information
Summit Overview