SFA’s Diversity Conference seeks to provide a platform for presenters to share their diversity-related work with conference attendees and engage in vital multicultural dialogue. The annual event invites SFA students, faculty and staff, as well as peers from higher ed institutions and DEI-focused programs across the state, to speak about initiatives for strengthening inclusion.
Ninth annual Diversity Conference
When: Feb. 10, 2023
Where: In-person only, Baker Pattillo Student Center on the SFA campus
Theme: “Inclusion as an Everyday Act: Setting Intentions for SFA’s Next Century”
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Multiple options are available to participate or play a part in SFA’s Diversity Conference, all of which are detailed below.
For those wishing to participate in the educational presentations or Diversity Museum of Art, proposals should address at least one of the following areas:
- multicultural education
- identity development
- ability or disability
- sexual orientation
- social issues
- gender identity
- or social justice.
We are accepting proposals for diversity-related group presentations through Jan. 8. Proposals should be submitted online through the Diversity Conference Scholarworks portal.*
Before you begin the submission process, please have the following items prepared:
- Submission title
- Abstract (up to 250 words)
- A list of related keywords (10 maximum)
- All of the items above in one electronic file or a hyperlink to the file
*Note: In order to submit a proposal, you must create an account through ScholarWorks.
Diversity Art Gallery
Academic and scholarly work, as well as creative and expressive artwork, will be displayed in the conference’s Diversity Art Gallery, which will remain open on a come-and-go basis throughout the conference. Submit a Diversity Art Gallery proposal.
We encourage faculty, staff, and students from SFA or peer institutions to submit proposals for academic presentations, artwork or creative performances to be displayed at the gallery. We intentionally want to avoid limiting the creativity of format, so all proposal types are welcome. First, second, third and honorable mention prizes will be given out during closing ceremonies.
Art gallery proposal Information:
- Must submit by Jan. 8
- No more than three proposals per artist/writer or teams
- One form per work
- Proposal forms can be submitted through the Qualtrics form (see the link above).
All artworks must be in good taste, culturally sensitive to others, and must not include vulgar imagery or language. Artwork can include posters, paintings, drawings, photography, digital art, sculpture, writing, performance art, print making, music, and video.
- Music and video can only run 2 to 3 minutes and must be on a loop.
- Artist must provide their own audio/video devices.
- Posters are limited to 22" x 28", display boards are limited 36" x 48", photographs are limited to 8" x 12", canvas are limited to 30" x 40".
- Table sculptures are limited to 25" x 25" x 25"; floor sculptures 40" x 40" x 40".
- Artists must supply tarp to protect the floors.
- Writing must be no more than two pages long. It is at the writer's discretion on how they would like to display their work. They may have the work mounted on a board (no bigger than 16" x 20"), displayed on a table (writer must provide on table easel), or displayed on a wall.
Set-up and Take down:
Artists are responsible for setting up and taking down piece(s) on day of conference. All pieces left unclaimed become property of SFA.
Nonprofit organizations and businesses, as well as SFA student clubs and organizations, are invited to host a table during the conference with a focus on DEI outreach and initiatives. Contact Dr. Veronica Beavers at firstname.lastname@example.org if your business or organization is interested in tabling.
The Diversity Conference is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Register to attend.