Texas Tech University

Call for Proposals

The Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit will be March 6-8, 2020 . The Summit brings together individuals who are committed to inclusion, access, and equity within higher education. The Big 12 LGBTQIA & Allies Summit aims to celebrate the strides our community has made and recognize the work that lies ahead. College students, faculty, staff, and community members who want to learn more about LGBTQIA identity and allyship, as well as social justice and advocacy, are encouraged to attend.

We invite students, faculty, staff, and community members to present their work related to this year's theme "This is My Life, I'll Decide My Future." We also issue a special invitation to interested parties from other colleges, universities, and affiliated organization to present, participates, and/or attend this Summit.

 - Irissa Baxter (she/her/hers), M.A. and
   Stephen Chao (they/them/theirs or he/him/his), A.B.
   Co-Chairs, Educational Sessions Working Group

Submission Type

Proposals in the form of research findings, group or single-author projects, and works-in-progress in multiple media are welcome. The following are types of proposals that will be accepted:

20-minute proposals (explore sessions) are submitted and arranged into sessions by the review committee. In explore sessions, authors present 15-20 minute papers alongside two other presenters chosen from other proposal submissions by the committee. A question and answer period typically follows after all panelists have presented. A moderator is not provided.

60- (regular) or 90-minute (extended) proposals provide an opportunity for examining specific problems or topics from a variety of perspectives given that they are allotted more time. Authors present for approximately 50 or 75 minutes, respectively, and allow for open discussion to follow. A moderator is not provided.

NOTE: Panels must include at least two presenters with complete contact information and affiliation for ALL panel participants. One participant should be prepared to act as moderator of the panel as one will not be provided.


We invite proposal highlighting queer research,in progress or completed. This year,
we especially welcome research that aligns with the theme, "This is My Life, I'll Decide
My Future." Proposals in the following topic areas are also welcome:

  • Gender and media 
  • Regional and/or Global LGBTQIA issues and concerns
  • Intersectionality theory and queer/feminist thought
  • LGBTQIA leadership challenges and opportunities
  • LGBTQIA issues in higher education
  • Gender and gender identity
  • Political activism
  • Sociocultural constructions of gender and sexuality
  • LGBTQIA visual culture (art and art criticism)
  • Faith and LGBTQIA experiences

Summit Submission Guidelines

1. Complete the online form:
(a) Name, affiliation, and contact information (email)
(b) Proposal title
(c) Indicate whether you are a student, faculty member, staff member.
(d) Session type (i.e. individual paper, complete full panel)

2. Abstract: For all proposals, please submit a 250-word (max) abstract using the online option above.
What is an abstract? An Abstract is an abbreviated summary of a research article, thesis, review, conference proceeding or any in-depth analysis of a particular subject or discipline, and is often used to help the reader quickly ascertain the paper's purpose.

Purpose? Abstracts explain to conference attendees the proposal's topic, foci, and/or goals in a clear and succinct manner in the program. Abstracts may be revised or edited for the printed program.

3. Summary / Statement (Condensed for Publication): For all proposals, please submit a brief summary of the abstract. This summary/statement will be used in the public program to guide participants to your assigned session. The summary should not differ from your abstract but instead be a condensed version, focusing on the highlights of your presentation staying under 100 words in length, preferably 90 word count max.

4. General Conference Review Procedures
All general Summit proposals are reviewed anonymously (without author
identification). Guidelines for reviewers are developed by the Proposal Review
Committee and include:

(a) Topic: Is the topic relevant to the field of LGBTQIA and/or gender studies?

(b) Frameworks: Is the proposal grounded in relevant feminist/womanist
theoretical/conceptual/applied frameworks?

(c) Clarity: Is the proposal well-organized, coherent, and clear?

5. Visual Media: If your presentation will require any visual media, please organize your presentation based on the available equipment:

  • PC Laptop Computer
  • LCD Projector
  • Screen

*Note: Equipment will be provided for presenters. Please be aware that in order to properly accommodate for PowerPoint presentations, participants will be required to mail a copy of their presentation saved to a non-returnable CD, using US Postal Service, to the Women's Studies office one week in advance of the conference.

The deadline for submissions has been extended through January 3, 2020.

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