SUNY Pride Conference 2021 call for presentations

Oct. 22 – Oct. 24

The SUNY Pride Conference Committee is excited to announce the return of our annual conference.

The committee cordially invites students, community members, resource professionals, junior and senior faculty, and administrators to submit proposals for our upcoming conference theme: Advocating with Change. For this year’s SUNY Pride Conference, we are encouraging participants to reflect on ways they have needed to change the forms of advocacy throughout the changing times of current events. In doing so, we also encourage participants to consider how advocacy has many different forms, and all of which are valid – while understanding different forms are beneficial for intersectionality and how that effects beyond just the LGBTQIA+ community.  

This conference is meant to highlight and celebrate LGBTQIA+ experiences through fostered dialogue across academic and/or practical experiences, disciplinary foci, and institutional perspectives, as well as provide support and resources to those that attend. Today’s students entering college come with new attitudes and understandings around gender and sexuality. Additionally, during the 2020 year we have all witnessed a large Civil Rights Movement for the United States, which has had an effect on all of us, and largely impacted people within our LGBTQIA+ community. Despite the progress made in different areas of policy, education, and pop culture, there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to give the best support and education to students in a nation and world full of uncertainty. To this effect, this year’s theme serves to provide an avenue for different voices to be heard and allow for greater representation of individuals who are so often silenced. 

In line with previous years, we will have the option for multiple focus tracks: student, professional, and a combination of the two, pending our presentation submissions. 

Student presenters should seek guidance from a faculty or staff member at their home institution. The faculty or staff member should mentor the students through the process of writing the conference proposal, organizing a presentation on a specific theme, and presenting their scholarship to an audience. 

In consideration of safety during these challenging times, our conference will be virtual and hosted via Microsoft Teams. However, we will provide space for SUNY Oneonta community members to participate in person as outlined by campus guidelines and protocols. Registration for this year’s conference will be free.   

SUNY Pride Learning Outcomes 

Conference participants will be able to: 

  • Identify multiple aspects of diversity, including the ongoing development of identity and creating an inclusive community. 
  • Explore and analyze historical and/or current trends and issues that LGBTQ+ college students face. 
  • Create a network of student leaders and professionals. 
  • Explore impactful approaches to diversity, inclusion, and wellness through historical and/or future-oriented lenses. 
  • Create an understanding of the importance of intersectionality within the LGBTQIA+ community. 

How to Submit a Presentation Proposal 

All presentations should: 

  1. Explore the SUNY Pride Conference theme through the analysis of research, best practices, lived experience, and activism. 
  2. Promote audience engagement personal and collective reflection, and robust discussion. 
  3. Include a strongly articulated purpose, conceptual foundation, contextual background, and contributions to intersectional LGBTQIA+ scholarship and advocacy. 

To submit a proposal, please complete the form here Submissions are due by Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. EST

Please visit our website for more information and to stay on top of all our news! Registration for the conference will open on Oct. 4. More details will be shared about registration and conference scheduling closer to the dates.  If you have any questions, please contact Emily Phelps, Chair of the SUNY Pride Conference Committee, at


The SUNY Pride Conference Committee