Call for Proposals
~ Proposal Guidelines ~
The theme for this year is Our Lives Still Matter: A Response to the Assault on Critical Race Theory. In the previous presidential administration, we have seen heightened criticism and attacks on critical race theory, especially at the federal levels. The Executive Office of the President released a memorandum on September 4, 2020 that attacked diversity trainings that centered from a Critical Race theoretical framework. The report details that federal agencies are to “cease and desist from using taxpayer dollars to fund these divisive, un-American propaganda training sessions” (Vought, 2020, p. 1). To elaborate, the memo states:
…all agencies are directed to begin to identify all contracts or other agency spending related to any training on “critical race theory,” “white privilege,” or any other training or propaganda effort that teaches or suggests either (1) that the United States is an inherently racist or evil country or (2) that any race or ethnicity is inherently racist or evil.”
The final statement of the document reads: “The divisive, false, and demeaning propaganda of the critical race theory movement is contrary to all we stand for as Americans and should have no place in the Federal government” (Vought, 2020, p. 2). In the same month, an executive order on combatting race and sex stereotyping that argued that Critical Race Theory is a “destructive ideology…grounded in misrepresentations of our country’s history and its role on the world” (The White House, 2020). Citing and twisting the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s words around his vision for a racially unified community, this sanction regulated federal grant money to be used for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training.
The National Association Multicultural Education knows firsthand that diversity and inclusion training helps adults — often for the first time — to understand the historical and ongoing effects of systemic racism in the United States. The sessions pull many people out of their comfort zone, enabling them to see how others who are disadvantaged must live. People in government agencies, businesses, colleges, universities, school districts, police departments, churches and community groups have benefited from such training promoting social justice and equity. They can see the tragedy and divisions that colonization, prejudices and discrimination have created against people of color. They become aware how creating a more equitable world benefits people with disabilities, women, individuals in the LGBTQIA community, people of color and other long-disadvantaged individuals. Empowered by diversity and inclusion training, individuals then have worked to undo the damage that explicit and implicit biases have on impairing the future of people in the United States and the country itself.
This year’s conference is dedicated to providing a space that celebrates the notion that, Our Lives Still Matter, and
that Critical Race Theory is a vital framework and praxis for a multicultural society.
Types of Sessions
This is a Virtual Conference taking place via Zoom
All sessions must address the conference theme and each session will last 50 minutes. Please see below for information that should be included in the proposal summary.
– Regular concurrent sessions focus on topics linked to the conference theme. These sessions address curriculum, special programs, innovative instructional methods, policy issues, or research projects. Concurrent sessions may be organized as presentations, as panels, or in other formats conducive to the presentation’s focus.
Paper Presentation – Paper presentations represent a formal report of research completed or underway that invites reactions. Please allow for audience questions and reactions during presentation time. Paper presentations may be grouped with other related presenters at the same time in the same room, sharing the time allotted.
Poster Session – Posters will display research, best practices, novel approaches or current projects on a large poster board/PPT slide. The poster session will allow for informal discussions and attendees to speak with the presenters on an individual basis in an interactive style.
Ideas and Issues – Ideas and issues are a presentation of current practices and/or research in a way that allows for interactive dialogue and ideas from the audience.
Conference Strands and Descriptors
I. Multicultural Education Research:
This strand emphasizes the following areas: 1) graduate programs; 2) effectiveness of undergraduate multicultural education courses; 3) use of multicultural education in response to academic achievement differences or gaps; 4) the role of multicultural education research in border crossings; 5) the use of multicultural education to examine changing demographics; 6) the role of multicultural education research in enhancing global citizenship; and 7) how multicultural education research is integrated in other disciplines.
II. Professional Development in Multicultural Education:
This strand seeks to highlight research and evidenced based practices in Multicultural Education. Proposals should focus on career-enhancing skills and knowledge that improve educational materials and practices so that students experience heightened equity, cultural justice, and well being.
III. Teaching for Change: Supporting Social Justice, Resistance, & Hope:
This strand is designed to highlight culturally responsive lessons, activities, and pedagogical approaches that transform our classrooms into liberated anti-oppressive spaces.
IV. Health, Human Development & Sustainable Communities:
This strand emphasizes research, effective practices and current issues related to culturally relevant and socially responsive community-focused programs and practices. The strand provides a platform to explore solutions to disparate practices and programs that may hinder the wellbeing, education, and growth and development of communities in Texas, the United States, and around the world. The impetus for this strand is to provide viable solutions that: (1) increase overall knowledge and skills associated with medical practices specific to ethnic, cultural, religious, socioeconomic, linguistic and other dynamics that contribute to health disparities; and (2) that provide comprehensive community-focused practices and programs that promote connections to local, national and international leaders with the goal of providing present and future generations with opportunities to benefit from historical and/or transformative practices.
V. Policy and Practice:
This strand is designed to explore studies of classroom and/or school reform practices promoting multicultural education, citizenship education and comparative/international education while building scholarship related to multicultural education. Also, important to this strand are policies and practices associated with access, opportunity, and PK-20 preparedness that promote equity, access and/or social justice in education. Presentations exploring the prison industrial complex (school-to-prison pipeline, school discipline, zero tolerance, etc.) in the U.S. and around the world, as well as other impediments to social equity, are welcomed.