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Out in Front Call for Proposals

Out in Front is seeking proposals that effectively tie back to this year’s conference theme, VOICE: The Power of the Collective Narrative, and foster the continuing development of LGBTQI and allied student leaders. Accordingly, workshops should attend to at least one of the tenets of VOICE: Vocalize, Organize, Include, Create, Engage.  Please consider this in your submission of a workshop proposal.

Workshop proposals should be submitted no later than 11:59 pm on Wednesday January 15, 2014.

In addition, please keep in mind the following:

  1. Workshop times are 60 minutes in length.

  2. Completely fill out the workshop application and submit by the deadline.

  3. Please make sure that you are available Saturday, February 8th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.

  4. If you are attending, please complete the registration form.

  5. If you need a computer for your presentation, please be prepared to provide your own laptop and adaptor (Projectors, Screens, and presentation paper will be provided by Vanderbilt LGBTQI Life upon request).

  6. Acceptance notices will be sent out by January 20th, 2014.

Purpose & Theme

The purpose of Out in Front 2014 is to foster:

Community Building

Leadership Development

Empowerment of All

Action for Change

Reaching Beyond

With this driving purpose in mind, Out In Front 2014’s theme, VOICE: The Power of the Collective Narrative, seeks to unite and empower student leaders through affirmation of shared histories and enablement of community-wide collective action. Narratives have the power to create identity, make meaning, and communicate experience – shared narratives have the power to unite communities and enact change.

Vocalize - Sessions focused on communicating and marketing the vision/identity of an organization or goal.

Organize - Sessions focused on building communities/membership, clarifying goals, or utilizing networks.

Include – Sessions focused on the inclusion of various identities/movements/histories and building safe, welcoming spaces.

Create – Sessions focused on developing programs, enhancing creative skills and outlets, or building the foundations of new ventures.

Engage – Sessions focused on enhancing involvement, increasing motivation, and fostering community engagement.

To learn more about Frederick W. Mayer’s narrative theory of collective action, please consult his paper, Narrative and Collective Action: The Power of Public Stories: http://citation.allacademic.com//meta/p_mla_apa_research_citation/1/5/0/5/7/pages150578/p150578-1.php

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