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Submit your Proposal

The Faculty Women of Color in the Academy (FWCA) conference is calling for workshop and poster proposals that advance the FWCA mission to connect with research colleagues, support aspirations, and empower growth and change.

The FWCA is a unique educational and professional development conference that provides women faculty, university administrators, post-doctoral and graduate students, and undergraduates with a forum to network, engage and learn with peers from around the country. The two-day conference motivates and inspires participants to meet their professional goals. Through this high-quality, participatory, inclusive and interactive event FWCA participants:

  • Gain lessons, ideas, tools, and strategies to bring back to their institutions, organizations, and communities. 
  • Make new contacts and build lasting relationships. 
  • Are inspired, motivated, energized, and empowered.


  1. Prepare a title and 200 word abstract that summarizes your proposed presentation. The abstract appears in the conference program.
  2. Select one of the tracks:
    • Personal Well-Being
      Includes topics related to self-care in the academy, strategies for coping and self-advocacy, achieving work-life balance, and building social support systems.
    • Career Development
      Includes topics related to mentoring and finding mentors, acquiring skills important for career advancement, writing and publishing, and navigating higher education.
    • Scholar Activist
      Includes topics related to new theories of intersectional identity and conversations on issues of importance to women of color.
    • Leadership
      Includes topics on developing leadership competencies and moving into senior leadership positions.
  3. Upload a full workshop description in pdf format using Times New Roman 12-point font, double-spaced, 1-inch (2.5 cm) margin, and 8.5 by 11-inch page setting. Limit the description to two pages. Include the following information in your workshop description: overview, learning outcomes, delivery methods, and a timeframe breakdown for a 45-minute session.
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Proposal Deadline:
December 18, 2020

Submit your Proposal

Successful proposals are ones that:

  • Represent multiple perspectives on a project, topic, or initiative;
  • Have a combination of expert advice and broad applicability / replicability;
  • Share promising practices and experiences on the presentation topic;
  • Are engaging and foster conversation, dialogue, and brainstorming.

Direct questions about the call for proposals to: fwca@vt.edu.

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