Call For Proposals

Eastern Illinois University Presents the Fifth Annual
Making Excellence Inclusive Conference
Virtual Conference

“Together We RISE: Reaching Inclusivity for Student Excellence”
Friday, October 15, 2021

A signature AAC&U initiative, Making Excellence Inclusive is designed to explore how colleges and universities can fully utilize the resources of diversity to achieve academic excellence for all students.

The annual RISE conference provides faculty and staff the strategies and tools to support students' academic success. The conference is also designed to raise awareness of the diverse challenges our students face, whether as members of underrepresented groups, as first-generation college students, as non-traditionally aged students, or as students with disabilities. We welcome presentations on issues concerning inclusion, diversity, equity, trauma informed methods, the impacts of the pandemic on all aspects of education, the intersectionality of any of the aforementioned, and other topics that pertain to the theme. We also welcome presentations that engage with Illinois’ new Culturally Responsive Teaching standards.

Sessions will be presented synchronously; presentations may be live or pre-recorded with live Q&A/discussion at the end.

Our Fall 2021 conference will be VIRTUAL. Our keynote address and individual sessions will be offered in a virtual meeting format.

You are warmly invited to join us regardless of whether you choose to submit a proposal.

For more information about MEI’s mission and core principles visit

  • Proposals are now being accepted for the fifth annual conference.
  • Submit proposals by Friday, June 4, 2021.
  • Proposals should include:
    • Names/titles/departments/institutional affiliations, contact information for each presenter
    • Session/presentation/workshop title
    • 125-word abstract
    • 300-word description, including target audience, learning objectives/outcomes, relevance to MEI objectives and conference theme
    • 125-word bio statement for each presenter
  • Proposals will be peer-reviewed and decisions will be made no later than Friday, August 20, 2021.
  • We anticipate conference registration opening a few weeks before the conference date.
  • Final presentations will be submitted for uploading by Thursday, October 7, 2021.
  • Questions? Email them to

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