Texas Tech University

Call for Proposals

The 5th annual Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit will take place March 4 - 6, 2022. The Summit brings together individuals who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education and beyond. The Summit also aims to celebrate the strides our communities have made and recognize the work that lies ahead. All LGBTQIA and allied community members who want to learn more about allyship, advocacy, and social justice are encouraged to attend.

We invite students, higher education faculty and staff, working professionals, activists, and community members to present work related to this year's theme, “See the Rainbowed Skies Above.” Feel free to send any questions to the co-chairs of the Summit Education Sessions Working Group:

Deadline extended: Submit an educational proposal by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 20, 2021!

Submission Type

Proposals in the form of research findings, group or single-author projects, and works-in-progress in multiple media are welcome. We also welcome workshops, mediated discussions, and panel discussions. Moderators are not provided. The following are types of proposals that will be accepted:

20-minute proposals (explore sessions) are arranged into sessions by the review committee. In explore sessions, authors provide 15 - 20 minute presentations alongside two other presenters chosen by the committee. An open discussion typically follows after all panelists have presented.

60- (regular sessions) or 90-minute (extended sessions) proposals provide longer opportunities for examining specific problems or topics from a variety of perspectives. All 90-minute sessions will take place the morning of Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Most presentations will be presented in-person at the Summit. However, we will also accept a limited number of "hybrid" presentations. These sessions are open to:

  • presenters who are only able to attend and present at the Summit virtually. These presenters will give their presentations over Zoom for both a virtual and in-person audience ("hybrid virtual").
  • presenters who attend and present at the Summit in-person, but are willing to be livestreamed for a virtual audience while presenting for an in-person audience ("hybrid in-person").

You may signify on the submission form whether you open to giving a hybrid presentation. The Summit organizers will work with presenters to manage the technological logistics for these hybrid presentations.

Presentation Space Accommodations

All in-person presentations will be held in multipurpose rooms in the Student Union Building. Each room includes the following equipment:

  • Projection screen and speakers
  • Laptop with Windows 10 and internet access
  • Laptop computer connection via HDMI
  • Wireless internet access

Presenters giving either a hybrid virtual or hybrid in-person presentation will be provided a moderator, as well as technological and logistical support, in order to simultaneously present to both a virtual and in-person audience. The virtual audience will attend the hybrid presentation via Zoom.

You may request additional accommodations on the submission form. In striving to create an inclusive and accessible conference, the Summit planning committee will do our best to meet all requests. The committee will also share resources to all presenters on creating accessible presentations.


The Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit invites both practice-based and research-based educational presentations. We also welcome all queer research either in progress or completed.

This year, we especially welcome presentations that align with the theme, “See the Rainbowed Skies Above!”: i.e. workshops and research that highlight queer hope, care, and futurity in the midst and aftermath of stormy, turbulent times. As we continue to grapple with a global pandemic, an onslaught of anti-LGBTQIA legislative attacks at the local and state levels, and a rise in violence against our transgender community members, we hope to make space for people to imagine futures in which all of us are safe and cared for. 

Proposals more broadly related to LGBTQIA issues, gender and sexuality studies, and allyship are also welcome. We want to ensure the Summit covers information that can be helpful for students, professionals, educators, policy makers, or allies who are interested in learning more about lived experiences, resources, and research related to the LGBTQIA community.

Summit Submission Guidelines

Complete the online form by 11:59 p.m. CST on December 20, 2021. Only one presenter per session (the “primary presenter”) will need to fill out the online form. The form will consist of:

  1. Presenter Information
    1. Primary presenter name
    2. Contact email
    3. Contact phone number
    4. Organization and Title
    5. Additional presenter names and emails
    6. Resumes/CVs: Please upload a PDF version of each presenter's resume or CV. We will use this in order to approve your sessions to grant continuing education units (CEUs) for our participants. If you are presenting as a group, please upload all presenters' resumes or CVs as a single PDF file.
    7. Accommodation needs
  2. Presentation Information
    1. Submission type: 20-, 60-, or 90-minute
    2. Modality: in-person, hybrid in-person, hybrid virtual
    3. Proposal title
  3. Description: Please submit a 250-word (max) description of your proposal. A strong proposal description may do the following: 
    1. Identify an issue or problem that your presentation will address.
    2. Discuss how your research or practice addresses the problem.
    3. Describe what attendees will do or learn during the session.
    4. Share broader implications of your rsearch or practice.
  4. Learning Outcomes: In about three sentences, please articulate the learning objectives of the session (e.g. "After attending the session, participants will..."). You can learn more about writing learning objectives online.
  5. Intended Audience: Please share the intended audience(s) for this presentation (e.g. students, higher education professionals, mental health professionals, community activists, etc.)

Summit Review Procedures

All Summit proposals are reviewed anonymously (without author identification). Guidelines for reviewers are developed by the Educational Sessions Working Group and include:

  • Topic: Is the topic relevant to the field of LGBTQIA, gender, sexuality studies? Is the proposal grounded in relevant theoretical, conceptual, or applied frameworks?
  • Clarity: Is the proposal well-organized, coherent, and clear?
  • Learning Outcomes
    • Practice-based proposals: Does the presentation contribute to the growth of the audience? What skills will audiences be able to come away with?
    • Research-based proposals: Does the research seem sound? What does it add to the academic discourse?

In making an acceptance decision, the working group may ask for presenters to shift to a different presentation length (20-, 60-, or 90-minutes) than was initially proposed.


The deadline for submissions is 11:59 p.m. CST on December 20, 2021.

Presenters will be notified mid-January regarding their submission(s).


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