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Tomorrow's Leaders: Bridging Boundaries Toward Equity

GDI 10–Year Anniversary Professional Development Conference

May 31-June 3, 2018
Omni Royal Orlean
New, Orleans, La.
Submit a proposal today!

As the GDI celebrates its 10th birthday, our conference will focus on diversity, inclusion, and equity professionals in academic medicine. Creative sessions will include solution-focused content to give attendees helpful takeaways and tools for use at our own institutions. Our focus will be on outcomes: what works, what doesn’t, and how we can bring value to our roles. Come join us to reflect, rejuvenate and reconnect with colleagues and the GDI!

Call for Proposals

Congratulations on deciding to submit a proposal for the 2018 Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI) Professional Development Conference! As the signature event of the year for diversity, inclusion, and equity professionals in academic medicine we are hoping to draw on the collective wisdom and experience of the academic medicine community, both within and outside the GDI. All individuals who submit must be at an AAMC member institution. Consultants or other non-AAMC members, such as federal and state government officials, may participate only if considered integral to the presentation.

Things to consider as you prepare your proposal:

  • Select from one of three breakout session offerings. The program planning committee respectfully requests that you only submit for one format. Format descriptions are below:

    • Deep-Dive Workshops
    • Provocative and Courageous Questions
    • Poster
  • Identify colleagues either from your home institution or another to submit collaboratively with. Special consideration will be given to those presentations that are co-presented from across your campus, other campuses, and/or co-presented with members outside of GDI.
  • Submit a workshop presentation to cover in-depth programs, trainings, or interventions that were successful for at your institution.
  • Submit a provocative or courageous question that push the envelope or creates new dialogue about emerging issues, trends, or theories in diversity, equity, and inclusion work.
  • Clearly articulate intended learning outcomes: the specific knowledge and skills to be acquired as a result of attending your session.
  • Incorporate adult learning principles and interactivity as appropriate to the format.

Session Criteria:

Sessions proposals will be scored based off of:

  • Alignment with the conference theme
  • Full completion of session proposal pieces
  • Meeting the session format types and components, appropriateness of topic offered with session format selected
  • Innovation and originality of thought and format
  • Using a collaborative approach to your presentation – special consideration will be given to workshops and provocative questions that are submitted in collaboration with other members outside of GDI

Note: Recent presentations from past GDI conferences should not be resubmitted unless significant changes have been made.

Submission Deadline: January 22, 2018, 11:59 p.m. (PT)
Submit your proposal today!

What are the types of breakout sessions and what will be offered at the PDC?

There are three opportunities for individuals to submit a proposal listed below:

Deep Dive Workshops

Session Format: Two hour deep-dive session

With all the advancements in diversity, inclusion, and equity work faculty and professional staff are looking for promising examples of what’s working. These flipped classroom-style sessions will feature promising programs, interventions, or trainings that are working at member campuses. These sessions will feature a brief overview of the highlighted topic and utilize a workshop and discussion-based session format.

These sessions allow ample time to cover specific details and answer questions around best practices and innovations to move diversity, inclusion, and equity forward at your institutions. These sessions should highlight tangible takeaways and lead participants through discussion and activities that help them adapt the program or training to their own institution and reflect on how they can adopt similar techniques.

Submission examples, not limited to: Strategic Planning, Diversity Trainings across Multiple Campuses, Implementing a New Unconscious Bias Training

Submission Criteria:

  • Speaker(s) name, title, institution, email
  • Workshop Title
  • Session objectives
  • Describe the session format in detail – time breakdown of 2 hours, A/V needs, group discussion/facilitation methods
  • Evidence and/or measurement of program/intervention success
  • What tools, resources, templates, etc. will you provide for participants to take and adapt at their institutions?

Provocative and Courageous Questions

Session Format: 1-hour small group discussion

There are many promising examples of what’s working in diversity, inclusion, and equity work at academic health centers. Often, as DEI professionals, we don’t have the time to explore new and emerging trends or to push ourselves to think outside the box. In this session discussion facilitators will offer provocative, though-provoking and courageous questions to their audience and guide the session purely through conversation to push the envelope and begin to answers these questions.

It is important to note that these sessions will be entirely discussion-based and will not have audio visual equipment available. Additionally, discussion facilitators will present a one-minute ignite presentation prior to the discussion to the full conference group to present their provocative or courageous question. The questions offered should align with the conference theme and following prompts:

  • What are we not doing or discussing that we should be?
  • What’s at the margins in our work?
  • What does the future of diversity, equity, and inclusion work look like? What haven’t we explored yet?

Submission examples: “Are unconscious bias trainings just a way to avoid talking about racism?”; “Are all our institutional offices working together or against each other to support minoritized faculty?”

Submission Criteria:

  • Facilitator name, title, institution, email
  • Provocative Question
  • Discussion objectives
  • Describe your discussion format for the hour and how you will facilitate conversation


Session Format: open format poster session during reception.

Many institutions have taken innovative approaches and achieved demonstrable success at engendering change within their organizational cultures. These initiatives or approaches are holistic, strategic, and speak to the fundamental organizational change factors needed to truly move toward greater diversity and inclusion. Poster submissions should feature examples of research, educational and curricular innovations, institutional and/or collaborative programs, and other examples of diversity, inclusion and equity work in academic medicine. Poster abstract submissions should align with the conference theme.

Submission Criteria:

  • Poster author(s) name, title, institution, email
  • Abstract (limit 500 words) – this will be used for the online program
  • Background
  • Methods (if applicable)
  • Results/organizational impact
  • Discussion/conclusion

Questions? Email

Submit a proposal today!

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