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Perspectives on Protest, Politics & Pandemics



Friday, March 05 2021, 9:00am - 5:00pm EST

Hosted by Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA



Due Friday, November 20, 2020 by 11:59 PM EST   (Deadline Extended)

Decisions will be announced the week of December 7, 2020 via email

For the Call for Proposals pdf version, click here.

The complete list of instructions can be found below.

Now more than ever we as multicultural educators must lead our communities in combating racism. The disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus-19 pandemic on Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and lower income communities has exposed and exacerbated significant gaps in the quality of life among Americans. These inequities amplify the roles of educators in helping students succeed in the virtual learning environments necessitated by the pandemic and creating safe social-emotional support environments for students. Equal considerations for the ways institutions have addressed the safety, professional support, and well-being of faculty and staff must also inform the discourse. We cannot separate these gaps from a chilling political climate that has fostered racial division, criticized multicultural education, and attempted to diminish evidence-based approaches to addressing the cultural, social, environmental, and medical challenges of our time. The heightened national and global attention to state sanctioned violence toward black and brown bodies risks desensitizing the populace to police brutality, and normalizing the emotional and physical toll of protests. 

This Call for Proposals seeks thoughtful, informed, and passionate presentations and workshops that equip educators with a variety of tools and insights for meeting the moment, and beyond. The conference is an essential forum for developing and sharing knowledge that advances multicultural education’s unique intellectual focus on eliminating educational inequities. Providing a good education for all students requires multicultural educators to mobilize our collective intellectual and creative energies.

Proposals addressing antiracist approaches, the impact of politics on the cultural climate, and/or effective ways to respond to the global pandemic are the priority. PA-NAME encourages proposals featuring research, initiatives, and/or practices that frame and offer solutions to critical issues in a range of educational settings (K-12 schools, colleges and universities, nonprofits, and other settings).





A Note for Lead Presenters
Please note that presenters can submit one proposal only as the lead presenter. PA-NAME will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals. Lead presenters should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters.

Primary Audience

Each proposal must indicate one of the following primary audiences to which the content is directed:

•    K-12 teachers, staff, and administrators
•    Higher education faculty, staff and administrators
•    Nonprofit staff and administrators
•    Other (please indicate)

Organizing Levels

Each proposal must indicate one of the following Organizing Levels to which content is directed: 

•    Introductory — Geared for newcomers to the field of multicultural education. 
•    Intermediate — Geared for those with some exposure to multicultural education. 
•    Advanced — Geared for mid-career practitioners of multicultural education. 

Types of Sessions











Directions for Submissions

All proposals must be submitted online through PA-NAME’s website ( Please enter the following information via the submission page: 

1. The name and contact information (including institutional affiliation, email address, and telephone number) of the lead presenter and all co-presenter(s). PA-NAME will notify only the lead presenter of the acceptance or rejection of proposals so lead presenters should keep a copy of the proposal, and should share the acceptance/rejection notice with co-presenters.

2. Title of proposal. The title and abstract in the proposal will be used in the conference program for accepted proposals.

3. Abstract. The abstract should be no more than 50 words in length. It will be included in the conference program, if the proposal is accepted.

4. Proposal. The proposal must not contain any identifying information to ensure blind review. If identifying information is included, the proposal will be rejected. Proposals may be a maximum of 500 words. Please address the following five points (a-e) of information and include the heading of each point in the narrative: 

a. List the following four items at the top of the proposal:

i. Proposal title
ii. Primary audience: K-12, Higher Education, or K-16
iii. Organizing level (introductory, intermediate, advanced)
iv. Type of session (presentation, interactive workshop, or roundtable)

b. Content in Relationship to Conference Theme: Briefly describe the content of your presentation. How will it address the conference theme? What does the presentation seek to accomplish, and what are its objectives?

c. Significance of Content: Why is the presentation significant? How will it advance our knowledge of or capacity for multicultural education? Include any relevant data, information, or research supporting the presentation. Proposals should make clear how they are adding something new to multicultural education.

d. Audience Interaction and Process: How will the audience be involved in the session? What handouts or resources will be provided? What is the format of the session (e.g., workshop, simulation/role play, group discussion, lecture, paper presentation, artistic performance, etc.)?

e. Organizing Level and Outcomes: What is the organizing level and how is presentation geared to that audience? How will the presentation be of use to conference participants? What should participants learn during the session?

Deadline for Submissions

The deadline for all submissions is 11:59pm EST on Friday, November 20, 2020.  (Deadline Extended)

Evaluation of Proposals

The Proposal Review Committee is charged with selecting a balance of proposals with respect to topics, formats, and audiences. Readers will use the following rubric to review proposals. Final decisions on the proposals will be announced the week of December 7, 2020. 

Proposal Evaluation Rubric

The possible range for individual criteria score is 1-5 with 5 being the highest. The highest possible total

combined score for a proposal is 20.  To review the rubric for proposals, click here.  


A presentation allows an individual or up to five presenters to share their work (such as innovative curriculum and instructional methods, programs and policies, and research findings). Sessions are arranged into 45-minute sessions. Presentations should allow 10 – 15 minutes for audience questions and discussion. 

Interactive Workshop 

An interactive workshop provides an opportunity to engage participants in active, cooperative, and/or experiential learning. This session will be 90 minutes in duration. Collaborative sessions that model a lesson or curriculum and engage participants in reflection and inquiry are especially encouraged. 

Facilitated Conversation

The facilitated conversation format allows an individual, or small group, to host and moderate a 45 minute conversation organized around a relevant conference theme. The facilitator(s) should consider how the conversation relates to the overall conference theme, their intended audience,  and the most effective ways to engage participants in meaningful conversations. 

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