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August 30, 2016

Call for proposals: Diversity Summit adds research forum

Submitted by Sarah Hancock


The K-State Diversity Summit, in partnership with the Institute for Student Learning Assessment, provides an opportunity for students, faculty and staff to learn about research and teaching practices that relate to diversity and inclusion learning outcomes across disciplines. This year's summit will include a research forum from 4-5 p.m. Nov. 3 to showcase diversity-focused research, scholarly and creative activity, and discovery, or RSCAD. The forum will be at the conclusion of the free daylong summit and will help inform the community of past and ongoing research efforts and how they foster progress in the area of diversity. All are invited to both the summit and the forum.

"We want participants in the summit and the rest of our K-State community to gain a sense of the depth of our commitment to diversity and inclusion and the creativity with which our researchers address relevant issues in their fields," said Peter Dorhout, vice president for research.

The forum will help faculty, staff and students learn about their colleagues' work and identify opportunities for collaboration. Everyone is welcome to visit with participants about a variety of research processes, methods and results. Topics may include:

  • Diversity in and beyond K-State, including diverse populations, rural or urban considerations, recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, or other issues faced by K-State, the region and the world.
  • Projects that consider diverse populations as part of another research effort, or explorations of cultures or populations from a viewpoint unique to a discipline.
  • Applied research efforts in student learning, engagement, or achievement.
  • Strategies to teach students about diversity and inclusiveness or to teach effectively in a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • What K-State has done to study diverse populations.

Graduate and undergraduate students or others with projects in early stages are welcome to submit proposals. All participants should be prepared to provide an abstract along with RSCAD project details in the form of a poster, handout, or other materials. For this event, marketing brochures or purely informational handouts about organizations or services are not sufficient for acceptance in the forum.

Submit a proposal by Oct. 3. Reviewers will notify submitters of decisions by Oct. 10.

The research forum is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research, the Office of Assessment, the Office of Diversity, and the Teaching and Learning Center.

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