November 3 - 5, 2017

Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference - Call for Proposals

We cordially invite undergraduates, graduates, faculty, staff, civic activists, and independent scholars to prepare presentations for the Ninth Annual Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference in response to our conference theme: Navigating Intersectionality: (De)Constructing Our Identities.

Together, we will consider how all facets of a person's identity impact their lived experiences as members of LGBTQA communities. When we focus on just one aspect of a person’s identity we risk universalizing experiences. The process of (de)constructing allows us to tell our stories, augmented by scholarly research, from our perspectives. At the same time it allows for our audience to gain a deeper understanding of what our everyday realities are. If we don’t share our stories, our concerns, our trials, and our victories, who will share them for us?

At the conference we will come together to share our unique and nuanced viewpoints and stories that highlight how being members of potentially marginalized identity groups (sexuality, gender, race, class, socioeconomic status, ability, religion, political affiliation, and many more) shape who we are.

We invite thoughtful consideration to questions such as:

  • How does one navigate life with all of these intersecting identities that work together to form interlocking layers of systematic oppression or privilege?
  • What courses of action can we take that highlight intersectional work and social justice advocacy?
  • What role does unearned privilege play in our struggle for social justice?
  • How might we better communicate across our differences?
  • What strategies can we develop to help each other in to our ways of knowing and being?

Join us as we analyze, destabilize, and (de)construct our life paths.

As we navigate our identities and (de)construct our realities, we will discover ways to move towards a more socially just world for all. We invite you to be a part of this conversation as we build action plans for the future.

Timothy Oleksiak, Conference Chair
Shavonne Shorter, Conference Vice-Chair
Asa Kelley, Conference Operations Coordinator

Conference Format & Guidelines

The Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference consists chiefly of 60-minute sessions, a keynote presentation, and special events arranged by the Conference Committee.

All members of the community are encouraged to submit proposals for sessions, posters, workshops, art installations, performances, etc. Please see our session type descriptions page for guidance while developing your own proposals. Standard and creative presentation formats are encouraged. To explore past programs, themes, and keynote information, please check out our Mid-Atlantic LGBTQA Conference History page and visit our feedback page for a list of topics requested by previous attendees.

The conference committee will evaluate proposals based on quality, clarity, and relevance. Undergraduate submissions should include the name of an advisor who has worked with you on your project. We look forward to reading your proposals and seeing you at our Ninth Annual Conference this fall!

Deadline: To ensure that participants receive notification of program participation as soon as possible, we ask that you submit your proposals electronically via the form below by Wednesday, June 1, 2016.

Please email any questions, comments, and concerns to

Presentation Space Accommodations

All sessions will be held in university classrooms which include the following equipment:

  • Projection Screen
  • Windows 7 Workstation w/Internet Access
  • Document Camera
  • Laptop Computer connection via standard VGA
  • Wireless Internet Access

Submission Form

Submissions are currently closed. We'll see you in November!!

Please include a 50-100 word description of the session to be printed in the conference program.
Please indicate the style of your presentation. If applicable, you may select multiple options.
Please include a 150-400 word abstract which outlines the proposed content and objectives of the session as well as relevance to the conference theme.
Please provide a bulleted list of 2-4 learning/outcome objectives you hope to accomplish in this session.
Please enter the full name of the primary presenter as you would like it printed in the conference program. This person will also be the primary point of contact for all communication.
i.e. Student, Professor of ..., Director of ..., etc. to be printed in the conference program.
Please provide the College/University, Organization, or Company name to be printed in the conference program.
Please provide a valid email address. All communication will be returned to this address.
Please select the days that you are available to present (check all that apply).