eWINS Conference call for proposals

eWINS Conference: Call for Proposals by March 11

Theme: “Pipelines to Success: Innovative Strategies to Connect Marginalized Populations to the 21st Century”

The Division of Student Affairs at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation will present the Education, Workforce, and Innovation National Student Success Conference (eWINS), formerly known as the African American Male Initiative Consortium Conference, Tuesday – Friday, April 26-29, 2016, in Little Rock, Arkansas. 

Professional and Student Submissions

The eWINS Conference seeks to expand the focus of the annual conference to address the needs of students from other marginalized populations such as African American men and women, Hispanic or Latino men and women, and others who are at risk of academic failures, due to socioeconomic disadvantage or other factors. Through the theme of the conference, “Pipelines to Success: Innovative Strategies to Connect Marginalized Populations to the 21st Century,” we also recognize the importance of collaboration with stakeholders such as businesses, community organizations, and others who seek a well-rounded, highly-skilled workforce of critical thinkers and responsible leaders. When Our Students Win, Everybody Wins.

The eWINS Conference Committee seeks proposals from organizations and individuals (professionals and college students) who have working knowledge within the following areas related to student success:

  • College Preparation
  • Workforce Preparation
  • Professional Etiquette and Decorum
  • Global Citizenship/Global Awareness
  • Holistic Development
  • Guiding Critical Thinking
  • Exploring Unique Partnerships (i.e.  Tech Companies, Government Agencies)
  • Creating Life-Long Learners
  • Developing Innovators
  • Technology and Education

To engage audiences in discussion and stimulate learning beyond the traditional lecture style formats, proposals should fit one of the following interactive presentation formats:

Presentation Formats

  1. Roundtable (45 Minutes) – These sessions are for presenters who may have a research question(s) and desire a smaller audience for direction, possibilities, commentary, and feedback.
  2. Interactive Presentation (45 Minutes) Presenter displays a visual presentation and brings materials for distribution. Audience participation: feedback/questions/possible themes to explore.
  3. TED-style Talks (12-17 Minutes) – A “from memory” talk that is personal, takes the audience on a journey, and shares a “breakthrough” moment that the audience can benefit from in their own lives.
  4. Simulation (Experiential Teaching Techniques)(45 Minutes)- Innovative pedagogical methods, ways to encourage in a hands-on session
  5. Team-based Activities (45 Minutes) – Presentation that utilizes group interaction and fosters teamwork to solve real-world problems.
  6. Graduate and Undergraduate Poster Competition —These sessions are for presenters who wish to share their work via a poster or at a table with their organization’s printed materials on display.  Audience participation:  informal exchanges/questions. (Posters will be on display throughout the conference.)

Proposal Deadline: March 11, 2016 (The deadline for Call for Proposals has passed)

Presenters whose proposals are accepted will receive a 50% discount off the Conference Admission rate. Notifications will be sent out by March 20.

For more information, contact Jonathan Bobo at jxbobo@ualr.edu.

Conference Chairs:
Dr. Brad Patterson
Interim Vice Provost for Student Affairs

Amber Smith
Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs