Wayne State University

Aim Higher

Request for Proposals


"Building Empowerment and Excellence in Education"

About the Conference

Don’t miss the opportunity to contribute to the annual Equity in the Classroom Conference, which is a collaborative effort between Michigan’s King‐Chavez‐Parks (KCP) Initiative and Michigan’s public and independent colleges and universities. The Equity Conference provides an annual forum for administrators, faculty, staff, and postsecondary education supporters to review current research findings; annual retention outcome data; best practice strategies; and, specific KCP developed retention strategies positively impacting equality of opportunity and degree achievement of KCP targeted students. State Board Continuing Education Units (SB‐CEUs) will be available to conference participants.


Recommended Topics for the Workshops and Poster Session

Monday, April 8 and Tuesday April 9, 2013

  • Empowerment

Issues and concerns regarding the recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations in higher education and addressing the educational needs of the homeless and foster children. Other topics include the Dream Act, community organizing, access to healthcare, and reducing violence in our communities.

  • Excellence in Education

Inclusion and accessibility, collaborative learning, technology innovations, universal design of instruction, learning communities, best practices, and recruitment and retention strategies.

  • Professional Development

Former KCP Future Faculty recipients, publishing in academia, advancing in higher education, and securing grants and funding.

Don't delay – Proposals are due by January 11, 2013

For additional information contact:

Janice Green, Ph.D.
Wayne State University
College of Education
489 Education Building
Detroit, Michigan 48202
(313) 577-1605

Proposal submission

Proposals will be subjected to blind peer review by a committee at WSU, which includes both faculty and staff. The following are the five primary evaluation criteria used in the review of proposals. Preference will be given to proposals reflecting the conference theme. Participation in a poster session is encouraged. Administrators, faculty, academic staff, and students in higher education and individuals in other organizations focused on student access and achievement in higher education are encouraged to submit proposals.

  1. Relevance to the conference theme;
  2. Clarity and coherence of the session description and plan;
  3. Relevance to the interest of the conference participants;
  4. Contributions to new or innovative practices for student, staff and faculty development;
  5. Likelihood that the session will stimulate active engagement of participants.

Submissions for this form have closed on January 11, 2013.