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 nine 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 2021 Communicating Diversity Conference approaches, we hope to bolster these trends once again  through the opportunity to attend virtually. 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, “Communication for Collective Healing”we will promote topics which bring previously hidden perspectives to the forefront of our field. As police brutality continually threatens the lives of People of Color, the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates pre-existing social inequalities, and natural disasters threaten regions around the globe, we invite scholars of all disciplines to submit projects involving narratives/storytelling as healing, microaggressions, systemic/institutional discrimination,  trauma-informed approaches, care labor, community building, collective action, media activism, organizing, health interventions, and more.

Abstract submission deadline now extended to April 1, 2021!

Conference Deadlines

April 1, 2021

Abstract Submission Due

Extended Deadline: Please include your name, university/college affiliation, departmental affiliation, and student status (undergraduate or graduate), as well as three keywords that describe your presentation. Abstracts should be attached as a PDF document with no identifying information within the document.

May 1, 2021

Submission for Top Paper Consideration Due

Full paper submissions for top paper award consideration due. Updated research manuscript for accepted research escalator presenters due. (Note: This is optional and full papers are not required to present at the conference).

May 15, 2021

Registration Due

Registration for the conference will be available beginning on April 15th, and is free of charge. Registration deadline is May 15th, 2021.

May 22, 2020


This virtual conference will take place on Saturday, May 22nd, 2021 and  will focus on the theme “Communication for Collective Healing,” with full paper sessions, research escalator sessions, and a keynote workshop by Dr. Amber Johnson. Throughout the event, talented undergraduate and graduate students will present scholarship engaging diversity in a variety of contexts and through different theoretical lenses. The values of community, healing, engagement, and collaboration will be at the center of the conference experience through interactive workshops, community building activities, and healing practices.

Keynote Workshop Leader

Dr. Amber Johnson

Associate Professor, Saint Louis University

Founder, The Justice Fleet

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