Call for Submissions

Communicating Diversity 2022:
Deadline Extended- April 1st

Communicating Beyond Tolerance

For the 2022 conference “Beyond Tolerance,” we continue with our virtual program. The word tolerance means the ability or willingness to tolerate something, in particular the existence of opinions or behavior that one does not necessarily agree with. And yet, we have been asked to set the bar at tolerating each other, our communities, and our situations. In the last few years, we have seen on an international scale a pressure and resistance for tolerance. We hope our conference can serve not only as a space to showcase work about analyzing or going beyond tolerance and those things tolerated, but as a space to dialogue and recognize the trials of intolerance.

We invite graduate and undergraduate students of all disciplines to submit a variety of projects involving healing, discrimination, (in)tolerance, activism, organizing, community, labor, and more. We will promote topics which bring to light how far we’ve come, shortcomings, new approaches, and where we must go.  Specifically, we eagerly welcome projects in alternative forms of presentations such as media projects, digital storytelling, and creative works.

Tolerance moves beyond the discourse of our community to include what we tolerate as academic work. We hope this conference expands our views of how we, as scholars, engage with our studies and communities.

This virtual conference will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 and will focus on the theme “Beyond Tolerance,” with full paper sessions, research escalator sessions, alternative format sessions, and a keynote speech by Dr. Shinsuke Eguchi, associate professor at New Mexico University. Throughout the event, talented undergraduate and graduate students will present scholarships engaging diversity in a variety of contexts and through different theoretical lenses. The values of community, acceptance, love, and collaboration will be at the center of the conference experience through interactive workshops and community building activities.


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Share your voice

Full Paper Sessions: Submit a 250-word (or less) abstract to the submission tab by midnight CST on April 1, 2022. Please include your name, university/college affiliation, departmental affiliation, and student status (undergraduate or graduate), as well as three self-identified keywords that describe your presentation. Abstracts should be attached as PDF document with no identifying information in the document.


Research Escalator Sessions: Submit an extended abstract (500 words) of your paper. This abstract will be reviewed by up to 3 potential mentors (more advanced scholars with expertise in the field and/or your paper topic). If your abstract is selected for mentorship, you will be expected to send the most recent version of your paper to your mentor by April 25th so that they have sufficient time to review your piece.

Alternative Format Sessions: Alternative formats such as art, film, and performance are welcomed. Please provide a 250 word description and rationale for your alternative format presentation. Be sure to discuss what technical requirements your presentation will require, duration, and how the presentation connects to the conference theme. 


During the conference, time will be set aside specifically for the research escalator sessions. Submitters will meet with their mentors in one-on-one mentorship meetings to discuss their feedback on the manuscript (audience members are welcome and encouraged to attend these conversations as well). At the end of the session, all regroup and submitters will give a short “recap” of new directions/goals as well as highlight the main points they took away from their mentorship sessions


All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Socially relevant and theoretically informed abstracts that fit the conference theme will be prioritized. Submitters will be notified by April 15th, 2021 about their acceptance or rejection. If your submission is accepted, you will be put on a panel to give a 10-12 minute presentation about your project during the conference on Saturday, May 7th. 

Those accepted to the conference are eligible for the Communicating Diversity Paper Competition. To be considered, submit your paper (10-page minimum) directly to by April 25th. Top student papers will be recognized at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

**Submission decisions will be sent via e-mail. Please add the following e-mail addresses to your contact list to ensure that you will receive e-mails from the conference team: &

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Undergraduate and graduate students from any institution of higher education are eligible to participate, including junior colleges, two-year institutions, and community colleges.


Registration for the conference is available and is free of charge. The registration deadline is May 5th, 2021. Spaces are limited.