The 2019 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 review committee seeks session proposals from a diverse array of leaders, scholars, and educators that address critical social issues, highlight solution-centered perspectives, and describe best practices affecting the achievement of African-American and Hispanic males. While all session proposals are welcomed, it is recommended that session proposals focus on high school students or a professional audience. 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 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.
- Who is the primary audience of the Clemson University Men of Color National Summit?
The audience is diverse with respect to race, gender, religious beliefs, economic status and other cultural differences.
- Do we have a preference for the session proposals?
In addition to proposals for teachers, school counselors, school leaders, policymakers, college faculty, student affairs professionals, and higher education administrators, we strongly encourage proposals that are designed to encourage, motivate, inspire, and educate African-American and Hispanic male high school students.
- How do I submit a session proposal for review?
To submit a session proposal, complete all 20 items on the online proposal submission form.
- When are session proposals due?
All session proposals must be submitted on or before October 5, 2018 (11:59pm).
- Will prospective presenters receive a confirmation of their proposal submission?
The primary presenter will receive a confirmation acknowledging the proposal submission.
- When will the primary presenter be notified of the proposal review committee’s decision?
We will notify the primary presenter of the proposal review committee’s decision on or before November 16, 2018 (11:59 pm) via email.
- If selected for presentation, does the primary presenter have to register for the summit?
The Primary presenter will be registered automatically after they accept the offer to present a session at the summit.
- Will presenters receive compensation for the session?
The primary presenter and the co-presenters will not receive compensation for the session. We will provide admission to the two-day summit, including lunch both days, for the main presenter and two co-presenters.
- How long is each session?
Each session is 45 minutes.
- When are presenters expected to arrive at the session room?
Presenters are expected to arrive at the session room 10 minutes before the start of their session.
- Are presenters expected to present their session multiple times during the summit?
Presenters are expected to present their session one time only.
- Will audiovisual equipment be available in the session room?
Presenters are expected to bring their laptop computer if they use PowerPoint or some other presentation software during the session. The session room will contain a podium, microphone, projector, screen and connecting cables.
- What is the purpose of the call for proposals process?
The goal of the call for proposals process is to select the breakout sessions for the summit. In contrast, the summit's keynote speakers will be invited to speak at the summit.
- Should I include a list of references in my session proposal?
Given the space limitations on the proposal submission form, we do not recommend incorporating a reference list in the session proposal. However, any copyrighted material should be indicated using an in-text citation based on the guidelines in the sixth edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.
- What should I avoid in my proposal?
We encourage proposals that do not include discriminatory or offensive language in the title, abstract, or any aspect of the proposal. We also encourage proposals that do not include biased political views.
- Do I have to submit my photo and biographical sketch with my proposal submission?
If you do not submit your photo and biographical sketch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org, your proposal may not be reviewed.
- What is the best strategy for submitting proposals?
The proposal review committee suggests that you type your proposal responses using a word processor, proofread your responses, use the spell check and grammar check features of your word processing software, and then cut and paste your responses into the online proposal submission form.
- How should I submit the proposal?
Be sure to provide a response for every item on the proposal submission form. The proposal review committee will not review incomplete proposals. Also, please submit your photo and biographical sketch as separate attachments via email to email@example.com.
- How can I enhance my proposal?
Based on a review of last year's proposals, the best proposals describe the audience for the presentation; specify the focus of the presentation; delineate the connection between the presentation topic and the summit theme; state which student group the presentation will emphasize; discuss whether the presentation will focus on high school students or professionals; briefly articulate the presenters qualifications; describe how the presentation will be conducted from start to finish; and incorporate technology, multimedia, handouts, audience interaction, case studies, personal narratives, storytelling, and research.
- How will the committee review the proposals?
The proposal review committee process incorporates a quantitative component (i.e., a rating form) as well as a qualitative component (i.e., an analysis of the content of the proposal).
- Can I submit my proposal via email?
All proposals must be submitted using the online proposal submission form. Additionally, after using the online proposal submission form, be sure to send a separate photo and biographical sketch in the required formats via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When will the committee review the proposals?
The proposal review committee will review the proposals after the call for proposals period has ended.
- What is the recommended session content?
While proposal content varies, typical sessions for students will utilize narratives, storytelling, and examples to discuss motivational information to inspire high school students followed by action steps and success strategies. Sessions that focus on professionals will highlight experiences, research, and statistical information followed by recommendations for practice or policy.
- What is the typical expected session outcome?
Typical session outcomes include inspiring the audience, motivating the audience for action, discussing success strategies, and providing information for the audience.
- What is the preferred session framework for students?
Sessions for students typically provide information to prepare students to perform well academically as well as enhance their behavioral, social, and career outcomes.
- What is the proposal review criteria?
The proposal review criteria includes but is not limited to the audience impact (e.g., Are the session's learning objectives clearly defined, aligned with the session topic, and connected to the summit's theme?); presentation format (e.g., Does the session utilize an effective format?); and audience interaction (e.g., Will the session incorporate engaging audience interaction?).
- Can I review a list of the presenters and topics from last year's summit?
to access the sessions from the 2018 Clemson University Men of Color National Summit.
- After I read the Frequently Asked Questions, how can I obtain more information about the call for proposals?
If you have additional inquiries, please send questions and comments about the call for proposals, via email, to Dr. Lamont A. Flowers, Distinguished Professor and Executive Director (email@example.com).