Call for Proposals
Building Bridges to Success for African American and Hispanic Males
The 2020 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 critical social issues, highlight solution-centered perspectives and describe 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. 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 20-item form below, which consists of inputting information, selecting options and sending a photo and biographical sketch via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the Frequently Asked Questions, shown below, which provides essential information about the call for proposals process.
The proposal submission process is open between August 1, 2019 (8:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time) to September 20, 2019 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
The session proposal, photo and biographical sketch must be submitted on or before September 20, 2019 (5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time).
Frequently Asked Questions
- 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 and email a photo and biographical sketch of the primary presenter to email@example.com
- When are session proposals due? You must submit the session proposal, photo, and biographical sketch on or before September 20, 2019 (5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time).
- 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 evaluation committee's decision before or on October 11th 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 primary presenter. Co-presenters will need to register for the summit.
- 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? All presenters are expected to present their session one time during the summit. Additionally, at the committee's discretion, presenters may be asked to present their session twice during the summit.
- 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?).
- If my session proposal focuses on students, should I describe the intended student audience? Session proposals should clearly delineate the extent to which the session is designed for high school students, college students, or both student groups.
- If my session proposal focuses on professionals, should I describe the intended professional audience? Session proposals that focus on professionals should clearly delineate the extent to which the session is designed for business leaders, community leaders, higher education administrators, parents, policymakers, principals, school counselors, student affairs professionals, teachers, or other professional groups.
- What is the recommended title length? Session titles should be succinct and concise.
- What happens if I submit two of the same proposals? The proposal evaluation committee will review the last proposal submitted.
- Should I click the submit button more than once? Once you are ready to submit the proposal, click the submit button once, then wait to receive the electronic announcement on the screen which will confirm that the proposal was submitted successfully.
- How should I create a title for my session? The session title should inform the audience about the purpose and potential impact of the session.
- Can I submit a session proposal after the deadline? In accordance with our process, to promote objective submission procedures, we do not accept proposals after the deadline (September 20, 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time).
- Should I include both groups of students in my session proposal (i.e., African American male students and Hispanic male students)? Given the focus of the summit, sessions that provide information which apply to both student populations may be more likely to appeal to a broader audience of summit attendees.
- Should I design my session for students and professionals? In light of the structure of the summit, it will be best if the proposed session focuses on either students or professionals.
- What is a good session format? The best sessions are interactive, incorporate handouts, and enable the audience to ask questions during the session.
- What type of information should I include in my session? All sessions must incorporate positive content and focus on success stories.
- If my session proposal is selected, can I change the session content before or during my presentation? Speakers must present the information that was incorporated in their session proposal.
- When will the proposal evaluation committee meet to review the proposals? The proposal evaluation committee will meet during the first two weeks in October to discuss the proposals.
- If my proposal is accepted, what will happen next? All selected presenters will be asked to complete and submit a letter of commitment no later than October 25, 2019 (5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time).
- I presented a session at a previous summit; can I submit a proposal for next year’s summit? Anyone can submit a proposal. To provide an opportunity for new presenters to participate in the summit, we encourage proposals from individuals that have not presented a session at the summit.
- Should I save or print the proposal confirmation screen that is shown after I submit my proposal? It is a good idea to retain an image or file of the proposal confirmation screen, as well as the date and time of your submission, for your records in case there might be a technical issue involved during the submission process.
- Can I review a list of the presenters and topics from the previous two summits? Click here to access the session information from the 2018 Clemson University Men of Color National Summit and click here to access the session information from the 2019 Clemson University Men of Color National Summit.
- After I read the Frequently Asked Questions section, how can I obtain more information about the call for proposals? After reading the Frequently Asked Questions section, 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).
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