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Global Citizen Forum 2020

Institutions of Higher Education face diversity, equity, and inclusion issues globally with unique challenges and creative solutions. The 2021 Global Citizen Forum, co-hosted by Drake University, USA and University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa invite educators, students, policy makers and citizens from around the world to together explore the struggles, strategies, and solutions for creating a more equitable and inclusive higher education field. Sessions for the conference will be divided into four tracks, including a) exploring historical influences of today’s present, b) the role of activism in transformation, c) teaching strategies and the role of research to effect impactful change, d) addressing structures and power relations within institutions.

The Conference will be held on the campus of Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, from March 4-7, 2020. Anyone with a stake in higher education, including faculty, staff and students, as well as community members and organizations are encouraged to attend. Scholarship opportunities for travel and attendance will be available.

Call for Presentation Proposals

Drake University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal are pleased to announce a Call for Papers from which presenters will be selected for the Global Citizen Forum: Strategies, Struggles, and solution for diversity equity and inclusion in higher education conference to be held March 3-6, 2021. Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community members are all encouraged to apply.

In order to apply you will need to fill out this electronic submission form that asks for:

  • Presenter(s) information
  • Title of presentation/paper
  • Presentation dexcription (50 words or less)
  • Presentation/paper abstract (not to exceed 500 words)
  • Methods for participant involvement (i.e. discussion, effective practice sharing, case study analysis)
  • Audience: faculty, staff, students, community members
  • Track:
    • exploring historical influences of today’s present
    • the role of activism in transformation
    • teaching strategies and the role of research to effect impactful change
    • addressing structures and power relations within institutions.
  • Presenters’ biography (not to exceed 200 words)
  • Technology needs
  • Ideal length of presentation
  • Copy of manuscript (if available)

Submission method and due date:
Submissions will be considered on a rolling basis with final decisions made by January, 2021. Presentations will be selected after review by a committee appointed by the Section Chair.

Inquiries or questions:
Any inquiries about the Call for Papers should be submitted to:

Erin Lain, J.D., Ph.D.
Associate Provost for Campus Equity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Law
Drake University




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