MEDIA RELEASE: Call for Proposals For UW–Madison Diversity Forum 2021



CONTACT: Mary Carr Lee, Communications Director


Pressing Forward: Shaping Justice for Years to Come:


MADISON — The UW–Madison Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement (DDEEA) is seeking proposals for breakout sessions at the 2021 Diversity Forum. The deadline for submissions is April 30.

This is the second year that the university has held a call for proposals connected with the annual Diversity Forum, which for the past 21 years has served as the campus’s premier conference focused on the most pressing issues relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The call for proposals is a sign of the growth of the Diversity Forum, which expanded to a two-day conference in recent years and last year in the pandemic went virtual, hosting a record number of attendees — more than 6,600 people registered for Diversity Forum 2020. The 2021 Diversity Forum will be held on November 2 and 3 and hopes to be a hybrid model in the Union South building on campus, and as always will be free and open to the entire community to attend.

This year’s conference theme will look at how we press forward with social justice issues during the COVID-19 recovery period. How do we acknowledge and address the continuing inequities the pandemic exposed? How do we stop systemic racism and xenophobia as we fight for gender and sexual identity rights?  How will our country address the on-going debate around immigration issues?

The DDEEA is seeking proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions for the Diversity Forum. Breakout sessions can take the form of workshops, panel discussions or lectures.

The deadline to submit proposals is April 30. Proposals can be submitted at

Successful proposals will meet some or all of the following criteria:

  • Align with the Forum’s mission to update, educate and activate attendees
  • Provide an interdisciplinary perspective on the latest research and best practices in diversity, equity and inclusion with practical applications for a broad audience
  • Respond to or build upon key issues of the day and/or may reflect the keynote address and overall theme of the 2021 conference
  • Help increase attendees’ understanding of matters of specific importance to people from historically marginalized or underrepresented groups
  • Provide a relevant contextual starting point for discussion, self-learning or interactive work among attendees

Learn more about the call for proposals, including examples of well-received past breakout sessions: