UPDATE: National Society for Minorities in Honors - Annual Conference

deadline for submissions: 
October 1, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
National Society for Minorities in Honors

National Society for Minorities in Honors 4th Annual National Conference

Thursday, October 24 through Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hosted by the California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) University Honors Program in collaboration with the University of California, Irvine (UCI) Campuswide Honors Program

2019 Theme
Equity, Justice, and UnderRepresented Students in Honors Education


Conference Information
The CSUF University Honors Program invites proposals for individual papers, panel sessions,
posters, roundtable discussions, and workshops for the fourth annual National Society for Minorities in Honors conference.  This conference is designed for students and educators who are responsible for developing interventions and programs to enhance the advancement and success of minority students in honors education. We hope to present some valuable information and offer engaging breakout sessions centered on student success as well as networking opportunities for students and professionals.

Keynote Address by Dr. Víctor B. Sáenz, PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Dr. Sáenz has been a leading researcher on advancing success strategies for male students of color. In 2010, he founded the award-winning initiative Project MALES (Mentoring to Achieve Latino Educational Success) with its innovative intergenerational approach to mentoring young Latinos. More recently in 2013, the project expanded to include both Hispanic and African American male student success.

His work elucidates for us what can be done to support young men of color through the educational pipeline in order to broaden their access to educational opportunities and succeed through challenges. His work includes a focus on both two-year and four-year institutions. He has many peer-reviewed publications and has worked throughout our nation to raise awareness on the issues affecting men of color as they strive to succeed through higher education.

About the Theme
Across the nation, Honors Programs and Colleges typically support an awareness of issues around the topics of diversity, equity, and inclusion both in and beyond the classroom. Yet honors education consistently is critiqued for its own lack of diversity. For instance, admission standards to Honors Programs and Colleges often significantly limit minority student involvement. Even when minority students are admitted to Honors Programs and Colleges, often such students do not complete an honors education due to negative internal and/or external perceptions of “a typical honors student,” lack of support networks, inaccessible curriculum design, alienating practices, or some other reason that speaks profoundly to the lack of inclusion in honors education. This conference will focus on specific practices in honors education that will allow us to move the conversation beyond a focus on equal access and begin to focus on a marked commitment to fostering a quality education for all students so that traditionally underrepresented students can be fully represented in honors education across the nation.

Important Dates
Deadline for initial submission: June 15, 2019
Notification of acceptance:  July 15, 2019
Deadline Extended to September 1, 2019 with notification by September 15, 2019 Early Registration Deadline: September 1, 2019

Register at this link by September 1, 2019 for the early bird rate. The early bird rate for a faculty member or administrator is $150, but this rate includes two students at no additional cost. The cost will remain the same after September 1, but registration will not include the two free students after that date. The student rate is $25/person.

Airports & Distance to California State University Fullerton (and campus Marriott Hotel) Time to campus depends on when you arrive and traffic
SNA- Santa Ana-Orange County John Wayne Airport (15.6 miles)

LGB- Long Beach Airport (20 miles)

ONT- Ontario Airport (27.9 miles)

LAX- Los Angeles International Airport (37.2 miles)

Shuttles to campus from the various airports will not be provided. The Marriott hotel is part of the campus and within walking distance.

Conference Hotel Fullerton Marriott at California State University: 2701 Nutwood Ave. Fullerton, CA 92831 (714) 738-7800 https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/laxfl-fullerton- marriott-at-california-state-university/ . Please reference: Honors Conference when making your reservation. We have a special $165/night rate that includes the buffet breakfast for 2.

Conference Proposals
We welcome submissions from undergraduate Honors students, graduate students, faculty from
across the disciplines, and staff and administrators of Honors Programs and Honors Colleges. Submissions that address diversity, equity, inclusivity, social justice, or representation of underserved student populations in Honors education. We are especially seeking proposals that address any of the following:

·Admissions / Recruitment
·Academic Advising
·Mentoring Programs
·Student Support Programs for ethnic minority and LGBTQ+
·Diversity’s impact on Research

·Strategic Campus Partnerships
·Student Life
·Curriculum Design
·Program/College Administration

Submitting Proposals- Please send proposals to  univhonors@fullerton.edu and if you have any problems, you can send them directly to  sandraperez@fullerton.edu

Some questions that may be considered are: How do you leverage the strengths of Honors students and programs to impact social transformation? Are there successful models that should be considered? How do we move towards greater representation in honors education of traditionally underserved student populations? And, what key partnerships can strengthen the pipeline to move more diverse student populations into honors education to foster greater diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Guide for Authors
The deadline to submit proposals for individual paper, poster session, roundtable discussion or workshop is June 15, 2019. Proposals should be 300 – 500 words and should indicate clearly the relevance of the presentation to the conference theme as well as the preferred session format.

Session Formats

Individual papers are research and position papers that challenge current assumptions and provoke conference participants to think creatively about diversity, equity, and inclusion issues facing honors education. Papers may report the results of completed research, describe research in progress, or present a position on a compelling problem or issue relevant to one or more of the subtopics suggested in the call for papers. The paper must be delivered in a maximum of 20 minutes, including time for Q&A, and presenters are expected to discuss their ideas rather than read their papers. We will accept individual papers or complete panels of three presenters on a common theme. Papers submitted individually will be grouped with others on a common theme and will be allocated 20 minutes as part of a 60-minute session.

Poster sessions provide an opportunity for informal, interactive presentation, and discussion of diverse topics related to the conference theme. Authors are invited to submit proposals related to innovative projects, best practices, and original research findings. Posters should be eye-catching visual representations of a topic, including graphics, tables, charts, text, or/and images. Proposals should include a brief abstract, place an emphasis on the unique value of the work, and summarize contributions or results being presented. A maximum of two presenters per poster is recommended. The selection committee will evaluate proposals primarily on their potential to stimulate interesting discussion, facilitate the exchange of ideas, and promote collaboration across varied functional areas.

Roundtables are small, informal group discussions that give attendees the opportunity to exchange information, discuss best practices, and network with others around common themes and issues. Discussion facilitators should identify and develop a topic that will allow participants to discuss how they are dealing with specific issues around diversity, equity, and inclusion at their institutions. Roundtable discussions are 60 minutes and are limited to approximately twelve individuals per table, including participants and facilitator(s). Individuals submitting roundtable proposals should address the topics to be covered, their importance to practicing diversity, equity, and inclusion in honors education, and three questions they would use to keep the discussion moving.

WORKSHOPS (50 minutes per workshop unless otherwise noted)
Workshops offer active and in-depth learning on a topic related to the conference theme. Participants will engage an issue, learn a new skill, or develop an action plan or other activity where hands-on learning is integral. Proposals should allow for significant involvement and contribution to the learning process from the participants. Proposals will be selected for the conference based on the timeliness of the topic, the stated learning outcomes, interactive exercise(s), and the degree of active learning expected. In order to ensure that the sessions really are “hands-on” and provide participants with a tangible skill or action plan by the end of the session, submissions must include an example of an activity you plan to provide as part of the workshop. The description of the activity can be included as part of the long description. The learning experience should excite and encourage the participants to take risks, question assumptions, and fully engage in the learning process. Participants should leave the session with information to share with their home institutions. Sessions may be limited in terms of number of participants in order to provide a meaningful environment for active learning.