The 13th Annual Diversity Leadership Conference: A Seat at the Table

Sam Houston State University

February 10 & 11, 2017


Call for Workshop Proposals!

The following dates have been set to submit your workshop proposal:

  • Submissions Open: November 4, 2016
  • Submission Deadline: January, 18, 2017
  • Notification of Acceptance: January 20, 2017


The Diversity Leadership Conference is an outstanding student-led event designed to address diversity and leadership issues and their application in student development, higher education, and the global society.

The conference, which is entering its 13th year, broadens horizons in a tactful and engaging manner through keynote speakers, interactive presentations and workshop sessions.

Learning Outcomes:

By attending and participating in the 2017 Diversity Leadership Conference at Sam Houston State University, students, staff and faculty will:

  1. Have knowledge of various cultures that exist and be able to effectively communicate cross-culturally.
  2. Be aware of and have the ability to explore their own identity.
  3. Appreciate the ways in which they are different from each other while at the same time, explore ways they are similar to each other.
  4. Understand the terminologies and vocabulary related to diversity, inclusion and multiculturalism.
  5. Develop skills of being an inclusive leader that values the effort and participation of everyone.
  6. Make a positive influence within their own community.

Theme: A Seat at the TableWorkshops are to be tailored to the broader message of Inclusion. Does everyone have A Seat at the Table? What does our society look like with a full table? How do we assist others in getting to the table?

Diversity Leadership Conference Workshop Tracks

The Diversity Council is excited to introduce workshop tracks to this year's Diversity Leadership Conference! Conference participants have the option of attending the Diversity Leadership Conference workshops based upon which track aligns with their interests.

Social Justice & Activism

This track is designed to deepen your understanding of social justice issues. This is your chance to connect with other students, staff, and faculty on challenging ideas that are prevalent in today's society. Student & Campus activism has also risen as a result of the increasing awareness in social justice issues. Workshops that address activism also fall within this track.

Identity and Personal Development

This track is designed for conference attendees to explore their own identity & others that exist. Workshops that fall under this conference track educate attendees on the various forms of identities, specifically highlighting marginalized communities. There is also a chance for attendees to learn more about intersectional identity in workshops within this track.

Leadership Development

This track is designed for conference attendees that are interested in brushing up on skills that are necessary to be an effective leader in today's global society.

Advisor/Graduate Student Track

This track is designed but not limited for conference attendees that are graduate students, student organization advisors, staff and faculty. Workshops within this track address the issues that campus administrators/faculty may face in their institution.

To access the Workshop Proposal form, please click here

If you have any questions concerning the submission process, please send them to: