Call for Proposals now open for UW–Madison Diversity Forum 2024

Left to right: Dr. LaVar Charleston, Sofía Snow, Amal Khan, Rodney Vakunta, Puteri Aliya Seet, Abby Sunde, Aslam Sayeeduddin

The UW–Madison Division of Diversity, Equity & Educational Achievement is seeking proposals for breakout sessions for the annual Diversity Forum this fall. 

The theme for the 2024 Diversity Forum will be Threads of Belonging: Navigating Differences and Building Community, to underscore the importance of bringing our full selves to the collective while engaging with diversity and difference to gain new perspectives and facilitate growth — which often occurs at the edge of one’s comfort zone.  

The 2024 Diversity Forum will be held on November 13 & 14 at Union South. Sessions will also be streamed online. The event will be free and open to the public. Breakout proposals are due by Monday, June 10, 2024. 


Breakout Session Proposals Due June 10

The DDEEA is seeking proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions that will be facilitated in-person and streamed online for virtual attendees. Breakout sessions can take the form of workshops, panel discussions or lectures. 

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 creating and/or promoting inclusive environments that facilitate belonging or success
  • Respond to or build upon the conference theme 
  • Help increase attendees’ understanding of matters of specific importance to people from underrepresented, underutilized, and/or historically minoritized 
  • Provide a starting point for discussion, self-learning or interactive work among attendees 

Note: if you would like to propose a workshop, please keep in mind that interaction with online attendees will be limited. 

Submit your breakout session proposal by completing this form by June 10. Please email with any questions about this call for proposals.