The Toward One Wisconsin 2023 Conference Call For Proposals
We invite presenters to submit proposals that include collaborative and innovative approaches, best practices, cutting edge research, and/or success stories that focus on our four conference tracks:
A globalized marketplace, increasing automation, pressure for rapidly interchangeable work skills, an inconsistent regulatory climate and uncertainty about how to design educational systems to bring them up-to-date with the ways we build knowledge and process information in the context of constantly changing technology are a part of what makes today’s working environment challenging for employers and employees alike.The barriers are significant and can be structural, including historically low wages, insufficient funding for alternative development strategies, lack of affordable education, taxpayer resistance, and lack of inter-agency collaboration.
Communities across Wisconsin are changing. New residents, new faces, and new ideas are helping to make our state a vibrant and diverse place to live. It is important that our communities and neighborhoods are safe and welcoming to all regardless of background, heritage and ability, so that all residents can call their community “home.” The “Creating Inclusive Communities” track will address the following questions and more:
- What are the key characteristics of an inclusive community?
- How are we succeeding or failing in creating and sustaining inclusive and diverse communities in Wisconsin? What do we measure to answer that question?
- What neighborhood- and community-based efforts have made a difference in making our communities more welcoming for diverse residents?
- What are the similarities and differences in the challenges facing urban and rural communities?
- What challenges and opportunities exist for churches and religious organizations to have a public role in addressing diversity?
- How can law enforcement and criminal justice systems help create a more inclusive community climate?
- How can we effectively measure and evaluate efforts towards community inclusivity?
If we hope to have a society that is inclusive, fully employed, maximally productive, and celebratory of diversity generally, we must allocate resources and energy towards the success of the next generation of leaders. Along with the challenges, there are opportunities. Effective after school programs, innovative career exploration and preparation, co-curricular apprenticeships and dual enrollment are just a few of the many positive initiatives that are helping lay the groundwork for success for all youth regardless of background.
How do we help all residents of Wisconsin attain their highest level of health? Health Equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to reach their optimal level of well-being and health. Although ensuring accessible, affordable health care for all is an important component, we know upstream social determinants play an even greater role in determining health outcomes. Health inequities are created when barriers such as poverty and discrimination and their consequences prevent individuals and communities from reaching their full health potential. To further the vision for health equity in Wisconsin, Track 4 will examine health disparities and obstacles to health and highlight concrete solutions to address Wisconsin’s health disparities based on race, economic status, gender/sexual identity, disability, education level, criminal justice, and geographic location. We will prioritize proposals focusing on solutions to overcome inequities that lead to health disparities in Wisconsin.
Conference sessions are scheduled throughout the day on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 25-26, 2023. Each session will be 60 minutes.
Proposals must be submitted online. Call for proposals will be closed at noon on Jan. 9, 2023.
What criteria will be used to select proposals?
Proposals will be considered using the following criteria:
- Relevance: The proposed session should address one of the Track session topics.
- Approach: The following should be clear: the session description and objectives; how the session adds value to the conference and serves attendees; who the target audience is; what modes of facilitation the presenters will use; and what takeaways participants can expect.
- Creativity and innovation: The session should bring to bear a new lens or perspective on its topic by presenting original research, applying personal or theoretical knowledge, and/or demonstrating new models or evidence-based practices.
- Impact: The session should lend itself to professional or personal application. It should be designed to encourage attendees to contemplate follow-up, continued exploration, and action planning on various levels.
To submit a proposal, please click here: https://inclusivity-wi.org/rfp
If you have any questions about the proposal submission process, please contact Sharon Hunter at Shunter@uwsa.edu or call 715 600 1136.