invite you to attend the 5th annual Diversity in Research Conference to be held
on May 3rd, 2014. The Diversity in Research and Practice Conference provides a
platform for students, practitioners, schools, and community leaders to engage
in meaningful discourse related to contemporary issues in education.
The Black Student Network
affirms that "the heart of education as a practice of freedom [must]
promote growth". Thus, the conference theme seeks to "connect people
to purpose and practice for progress." The conference will focus on the
interconnections between: research that calls for a movement beyond deficit
constructs; synergies between emerging scholars and the communities they seek
to empower; critical education; and culturally relevant praxis. An array of
other foci that encompass the conference theme will also be considered.
The conference seeks to create an empowering atmosphere where participants
connect passion to praxis, ignite critical consciousness, and walk away with a
call to action. Therefore, the conference will serve as a conduit for students
to gain experience presenting their research, interface with experts, and
connect with volunteer opportunities within the local community.
This year, the Diversity in Research
Roundtable Discussions: An
opportunity for conference attendees to participate in discussion centered on a
particular issue. A facilitator will provide a brief presentation of the
subject in question and aid in guiding the discussion.
Poster Presentations: Participant's work will
be presented on a visual display and participant will engage attendees about
their work and answer questions.
Paper Presentations: Oral
presentations, aided by PowerPoint that may involve one or more presenters.
In addition to our keynote
speaker, we will have additional speakers throughout the day, and each will
present how they "connect people to purpose and practice for
progress" in their work.