Every voice makes all the difference.

The Communicating Diversity Conference is an annual conference for students interested in issues of diversity. The conference is hosted by the Climate and Inclusion Committee of the Department of Communication at Texas A&M University.

In the past eight years, the conference has grown from 18 speakers in 2012 (all Texas A&M students) to 39 participants from 9 universities across Texas in 2015. In 2016, abstracts came in from universities across the nation, resulting in 44 participants and 60 individuals in attendance, a trend that has continued until 2019. As the 2020 Communicating Diversity Conference approaches, recruitment is aimed to add increasing the trends the conference has historically seen. The conference team is actively seeking submissions from graduate and undergraduate students at Texas A&M, other Texas Universities, and academic institutions across the nation.

Through our theme for Communicating Diversity 2020, (In)visible Marginality, we hope to promote topics which bring previously hidden perspectives to the forefront of our field. As a discipline, it is our duty to not only promote progress and inclusion, but also, to ensure that every voice and every perspective has the opportunity to be equitably incorporated into ongoing conversations of diversity and inclusion that surround the academic environment. It is our hope that as we engage as an intersectional community through this discourse, we discover avenues through which difference is not marginalized, but instead, celebrated. 

Conference Deadlines

January 17, 2020

Abstract Submission Due

You will be asked to include your name, university/college affiliation, departmental affiliation, and student status (undergraduate or graduate), as well as the ability to self-identify three keywords that describe your presentation. Abstracts should be attached as PDF document with no identifying information in the document.

March 19, 2020

Registration Due

Registration for the conference will be available beginning on February 14, 2020 and will close on March 19, 2020.

March 26 & 27, 2020

Conference Begins

This two-day conference begins on Thursday evening, March 26th, with an event facilitated by Dr. Haetham Abdul-Razaq that engages participants in a workshop aimed at providing an overview of issues of race, gender, and socioeconomic challenges that many individuals face on a daily basis. On Friday, March 27th, talented undergraduate and graduate students will present scholarship engaging diversity in a variety of contexts and through different theoretical lenses.

Keynote Speaker

Shinsuke Eguchi, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, University of New Mexico

Dr. Eguchi characterizes themselves as a critical scholar who examines the intersection of culture and communication. They studied culture and communication throughout their undergraduate and graduate trainings at San Francisco State University (B.A.), New York University (M.A.), and Howard University (Ph.D.).

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