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Call for Proposals

Proposals for the 2023 Tri-State Conference on Diversity & Inclusion are now being accepted.  The Conference will be held September 22nd and hosted by Ashland Community & Technical College.


We are accepting proposals related to the 2023 conference topic of Inclusive Leadership in the 21st Century. Deadline for submitting a proposal is June 1stBelow, are examples of session topics within broad themed track.


Inclusive Leadership

·       Ethical Leadership

·       Inclusivity v Diversity 

·       Authentic Leadership

·       Leading with confidence

·       Building polarized divides

·       Dismantling Ableism

·       Leading with PRIDE (LGBTQ+)

·       The Truth and Myths about Black Leadership

·       Fostering Open Dialogue and Communication

·       Addressing the Elephant in the Room – How to have difficult conversations

·       Reframing Campus Conflict

·       Modeling and Mirroring Positive Behavior

·       Adaptive Leadership


Wellness & Inclusivity

·       How to show up authentically (bring your whole self to work)

·       Addressing the importance of vulnerability

·       Work-Life Balance

·       Yoga and Meditation

·       Inclusive approach to mental health and well-being


Building Community (Rapport)

·       Creating Safe Zones

·       Inclusion of counterspaces within the work environment

·       Encouraging empathy without alienation

·       Building safe and brave spaces for open dialogue

·       Active Listening (Listen, Learn and Engage)

·       Relationship Management/Collaboration of Discovery and Self-Disclosure

·       Peer Communication Building

·       Breaking Down Siloes and Barriers

·       Initiative-taking vs Reactive Communication Practices

·       Acknowledge and Addressing Harm


Inclusivity with focus on Workforce

·       Promoting Inclusion in a Hybrid Workforce

·       Empathy and Inclusivity in a Hybrid Workforce

·       Mentoring

·       Best Practices/Strategies for creating an inclusive workplace

We are calling for all education, social work, social service agencies, state and local government, judiciary, health care, and business and industry practitioners to submit proposals sharing experiences and best practices through thought-provoking presentations, interactive demonstrations, and engaging conversations.

/   Who Should Submit a Proposal


All sessions should be designed to be 60 minutes in length, including a question and answer period.

/  Length of Presentation



/ Audience Experience Level


/  Presentation Scope

Conference participants include high school and college students as well as entry to senior level professionals from across the spectrum of organizations and institutions. Presentations should indicate if they are best suited for secondary students, post-secondary students, professionals, or are appropriate for all levels of experience.


/  Proposal Criteria

  • Proposals should supplement and enhance the conference theme.

  • Proposals may be papers, presentations, workshops, performances, or other creative modes of promoting the education and acceptance of diversity and inclusion.

  • Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups of students, faculty, staff and community members.

  • Be complete (Typed and limited to 300 words; include the following sections: Title, Target Audience, Session Synopsis/Abstract, Objectives/Outcome, Method of Presentation {i.e. discussion, power point, activity, etc.} and Equipment Needs).

  • Include the presenter(s) name, job title, institution/organizational affiliation, complete mailing address, telephone number, e-mail address, and biographical information (limit biographical information to 500 words).


/  Presentation Policy

Presenters are responsible for providing all handouts to attendees and their own travel expenses. Presenters are also responsible for providing an electronic copy of their presentation to the Planning Committee one week prior to the event. This electronic copy will be posted to the event website and may be downloaded by others.  Presenters should indicate any audiovisual equipment needs with their proposal. The Planning Committee will not be able to honor onsite requests the day of the conference.

Additional Materials: Presenters selected will be expected to cooperate with the continuing education guidelines of the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist Board, the West Virginia Board of Examiners in Counseling and/or the Kentucky Board of Licensed Professional Counselors as required by the Planning Committee.

Presentations should be interactive, engaging, and relevant to the learning outcomes of this conference. If presentation focus is more appropriate for corporate, social agency, and/or higher education, it should be clearly identified as such.


/  Proposal Submission


/  Submission Requirements

Proposals may be submitted by individuals or groups composed of students, faculty, staff, and community members.  All proposals must be typed, double-spaced, 12-point font, and limited to 300 words.  Complete proposals will contain the following presenter information:

  • Clear identification of the lead presenter who will serve as the contact person

  • Presenter(s) name(s)

  • Job title

  • Institution/organizational affiliation

  • Complete mailing address

  • Telephone number

  • E-mail address

  • Biographical sketch (500 words or less)

Complete proposals will contain the following session information 

  • Audience Experience Level

  • Presentation Scope

  • Session Synopsis/Abstract

  • Method of Presentation (i.e. discussion, power point, activity, etc.)

  • Audiovisual Equipment Need







Veella R. Grooms  

Assistant Dean

Students Affairs for Civility Initiatives

Carnegie Mellon University


Robert Pleasant


Office of Student Services

Ohio University Southern


*It is strongly suggested that you place the above email address in your contact/whitelist to prevent bounce-backs as notification will be made in email. 

Partnering Institutions

Marshall University

Marshall University School of Medicine

Ohio University Southern

Ashland Community & Technical College

Morehead State University

Mountwest Community & Technical College

Shawnee State University

University of Rio Grande

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