2018 Proposals and Submissions

2018 Gulf South Summit

April 4-6, 2018 – Birmingham, Alabama

Changing the Narrative: Storytelling as Social Action

Help us develop best practices and explore new frontiers in service-learning and civic engagement. We are especially interested in presentations that highlight the complexity of community engagement, techniques for dialogue and deliberation as democratic practice, best practices in student leadership for civic engagement, and community-engaged scholarship.

The proposal submission form will ask presenters to indicate what format is ideal for their presentation (see below), the level of the intended audience (Introductory, Experienced, Both) and what audience(s) they hope to address: faculty/practitioners, administrators, community partner agencies, students, or all audiences.

Submission Deadline:  November 10, 2017

The Proposal Deadline has passed.

The following formats are available to practitioners and researchers (please note dates):

Individual Presentation
An individual presentation is a brief, 30-minute presentation where presenters may share information on a topic of their choice. Presentations will be scheduled on Thursday, April 5 in the afternoon.

Panel Discussion
A panel discussion is a 75-minute Q&A session with co-panelists assembled by a primary presenter. A panel discussion should involve 3 or more individuals offering various perspectives on one topic. Panelists from different organizations and/or institutions are encouraged. Panel Discussions will be scheduled in the morning on Thursday, April 5 and Friday, April 6.

Interactive Workshop
An interactive workshop is 75 minutes and should engage participants in activities that offer insight, practice, or instruction relevant to the topics discussed in the workshop. Interactive Workshops will be scheduled in the morning on Thursday, April 5, and Friday, April 6.

Posters (visual display) are ideal for descriptions/models of civic engagement projects and programs. Posters will be on display during the entire conference and poster presenters should plan to attend the opening poster session. All other session proposals will also be considered for acceptance as a poster presentation. As a general rule, posters created by students will be directed to the Student Showcase (see below). The Poster Session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 4, from 5:00 – 7:00 pm.

Student Showcase
The Student Showcase will highlight student leadership in service-learning and civic engagement. Proposals should be in a poster format, designed for a student audience, with a focus on challenges encountered and lessons learned. Student advisors may submit proposals on behalf of students teams and determine actual representatives at a later date. All other session proposals will also be considered for acceptance as a Student Showcase poster presentation if presenters are students. Presenters must participate in the Showcase on Thursday, April 5 from 3:15 – 4:15.