Thursday, November 30, 2017 10:54 AM


Call for Consortium Institute Proposals - Q Talks
Talking about the Tensions


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Are you interested in presenting at Q Talks? As part of the Day-Long Institute LGBTQ Higher Ed, professionals will have the opportunity to share inspiring insight into the tensions that are foundational to our work. At the intersections of identity and experience live fundamental tensions that inform what most of us see on a daily basis. In an informative and challenging context, we offer these tensions for introspection, reflection, and dialogue. Via engaging and compelling storytelling, these "Q Talks" must address the intersections and tensions of the core issues of identity and experience that create challenge and opportunity within our communities.

Selected speakers will be given a maximum of 7 minutes to present their ideas. The talk must have accessible language and build a larger conceptual statement by setting up the story one step at a time. Q Talks speakers must plan to attend the Consortium's day-long Pre-Conference Institute in Washington, DC on January 25th and present work that is inspirational, innovative, and engaging to future and current university administrators.  Q Talks speakers do not have to be current members of the Consortium of Higher Education of LGBT Resource Professionals.

Q Talks should address the tensions of holding multiple identities at the intersections of gender, sex, and sexuality. Speakers are encouraged to focus on identities, communities, and tensions that are commonly erased and marginalized within.

Tensions could include but are not limited to the suggested topics below:
  • Faith and Spirituality
  • Race and Community
  • Perceptions and realities of Trans and GNC identities
  • Navigating challenges of free speech
  • Balancing responsibilities to institutions and to students
  • Operating in an absence of academic freedom
  • Bridging the gap between seasoned professionals with institutional knowledge and incoming new staff
  • Inclusion of invisible identities (immigration, disability)
  • Identities marginalized in queer and trans communities, such as asexual, aromantic, intersex, and other identities)
  • The connection between those with culturally specific identities, linguistic erasure, and queer and trans community, such as kocek, two spirit, kathoey, hijra identities
  • Justice and Intersectionality, transformative/holistic possibilities and futures of QT equity
The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 11, 2017. Selected applicants will be notified of acceptance by Friday, December 15, 2017, and must confirm by Monday, December 18, 2017.

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