Claremont Graduate University, through a collaboration between the THRIVE Program, Transdisciplinary Studies, and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee, invites scholars from across academic disciplines to join us for the Realizing Equity: A Transdisciplinary Approach to Justice & Transformative Research Symposium on (date to be determined).

This symposium showcases research for positive social transformation from students committed to scholarship in equity and justice. Don’t miss this opportunity too learn more about how CGU students are advancing research on equity and justice. The planning committee encourages proposals from all academic disciplines to advance research that centers equity and justice.


Themes for Consideration

  • Intersection of Differences: emphasizes scholarship focused on experiences and implications of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, language, nationality, social class, dis/ability, region, religion, spirituality and other forms of diversity. This theme considers research on the intersection of differences, theory and praxis, social barriers, as well as opportunity and transformation.
  • Power & Diversity of Representations: centers the power of representations through textual, oral, and visual means. It considers embodied ways of knowing as well as examines representations in art, politics, social science, humanities, education, STEM, health, culture, media, music, and other disciplines.
  • Society and Culture Contexts: examines the social, economic, political and cultural contexts that sustain inequity, including, but not limited to beliefs, structures and systems. Entries may focus on the evolving use of different justice lenses, emerging forms of scholarship with the potential for social transformation, or studies where there are historical gaps in knowledge or underserved and/or unexamined groups of people.


Session Format

Sessions at the symposium will take the following formats:

  • Roundtable Discussion (45 minutes) – Engage attendees in discussion around topic areas. Presenters will provide a brief introduction to their topic areas, present a short synopsis of their scholarship (including background, relevant questions, proposed methods of study and interpretation of data and texts) for the first 15 minutes, and then engage participants in conversation with guiding questions. Roundtables can be used for research-in-process.*
  • Visual Storytelling (45 minutes) – Leverage images and visuals to tell the story of one’s research area. Presenters may be familiar with PechaKucha style presentations where speakers rely on images to tell the story. Visual storytelling might include a theoretical concept, a program, data, developing trends, or research. Scholars will present for 7 minutes with 5 slides, relying on imagery, to tell the story of their research area and then engage participants in conversation. The Storytelling portion will be pre-recorded, and presenters will be available live during the Symposium session to then engage participants in Q&A.*

* The Center for Writing & Rhetoric offers webinars and one-on-one consultation support on both of the Symposium’s formats for presenters.


Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by several program reviewers using the following standards:

  • Significant and creative contributions to current research or evidence-based practices centered around equity and justice.
  • Engaging program format that involves attendees and stimulates discussion.
  • Conceptually strong foundation with clearly stated research topic and themes, and appropriately documented research.

Required Application Materials

To apply, please submit the following items, by date to be determined (Pacific Time Zone):

  1. Proposed Session Title* (60 character limit):
    Include a short and impactful title that accurately reflects your topic and is also reflective of the Symposium theme.
  2. Proposed Session Theme* (100 word limit):
    Identify and detail which of the Themes for Consideration align with your session.
  3. Proposed Session Abstract* (100 word limit):
    The abstract serves as a concise summary of your session description. It serves as context for attendees on your topic area and it should be consistent with your session content.
  4. Background of Presenters/Familiarity of Topic* (300 word limit):
    Describe your background including the perspective and experience (academic or non-academic) you bring to the session topic.
  5. Session Description* (1000 word limit):
    Consider your session’s relevance to the Symposium’s focus and theme of equity and justice as well as areas it crosses disciplinary boundaries. Include relevant frameworks, literature, research questions or sources. Include what you hope attendees will learn or take away from your session.
  6. Session Type* (choose one):
    • Roundtable Discussion Writing Sample** (maximum of 20 pages):
      Please include a sample of your emerging research or completed research here that demonstrates your ability to do original research and synthesis. The writing sample may be a paper from a previous or concurrent course including: term papers, papers-in-progress, or a developed outline. To fulfill the detailed outline submission option, the outline must contain an introductory section and 2-3 body sections. The introduction must have developed background points and a working thesis. The body sections must have drafts of main points, supporting points, and references to literature. For more information, see the Center for Writing & Rhetoric handout.
    • Visual Storytelling Sample** (maximum of 3 pages):
      As part of the review of your proposal please include an outline of what you intend to present, with the types of images you plan to use, and how you plan to visually represent your research (visual storytelling guidance).

* Required For All Applications.
* Only Required For The Respective Session Type Chosen.

  • All CGU students are welcome and encouraged to apply.
  • Students may apply as an individual or as a group:
    • The same form is used for group applications.
    • Limit of 5 students per roundtable or visual storytelling group project.
    • Whoever signs the eligibility statement for a group project is certifying eligibility for each individual in the group.
    • Each group application must include each individual’s: Name, Email, Academic Advisor, and School or Division.
  • We highly recommend drafting, revising, and compiling the required application materials prior to using the form to submit your application.
  • Applicants cannot save a draft of their application within airSlate. Applicants must complete the airSlate application form in one session.
  • Incomplete Applications will be rejected and the applicant will need to re-submit their application.
  • Please note most reviewers of your application will be outside of your field of study, so write clearly and avoid or clearly define specialized terms or concepts.
  • The Center for Writing & Rhetoric can provide one-on-one consultation support for applicants.

Applications Due: to be determined (Pacific Time Zone).

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Applicants cannot save a draft of their application within airSlate. Applicants must complete the airSlate application form in one session. Incomplete Applications will be rejected and the applicant will need to re-submit their application.

If you have issues using the form, please contact the Transdisciplinary Studies Program at transdisciplinary.studies@cgu.edu.


Questions? Need Help? Want to Learn More?

Interested in speaking with CGU staff about the Symposium? We are also hosting a series of prep sessions for students to assist applicants.

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Preparing for and Developing Roundtable Discussions
Facilitated by Marcus Weakley, Ph.D., CWR Director

In preparation for the roundtable discussion sessions of the Realizing Equity Symposium, this webinar will review strategies for adapting a graduate-level seminar paper for new audiences (for instance, to be used as a conference presentation, or journal submission). By helping you tease out the various purposes, scholarly contexts, and social imperatives of your work, this session will also give you tips for organizing the delivery and facilitation of your interactive roundtable discussions to make the most of the feedback that you will receive during the Symposium.

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Proposals and Abstracts
Learn about elements frequently present in a conference proposal submission, and the key components of a well-crafted abstract.

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2022 Realizing Equity Program
Review the 2022 program to gain a better understanding of the topics and possibilities open to you and your research.

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At Claremont Graduate University, we prepare scholars and practitioners to be leaders in their disciplines and active citizens in creating positive change in the world. Realizing equity and justice in the spaces and places we occupy, whether in the disciplines where our scholarship is created or in the fields in which our practice occurs, requires reflection, critical thinking and application of the knowledge that we possess.