CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Structures for Advancing Scholarship, Practice, and Policy Convening

Marriott Marquis, San Francisco, California

Thursday, August 1st, 2024

DEADLINE: MONDAY, MAY 20, 2024

The Opportunity

As an early or mid-career scholar, what do you need to take your research and/or scholarship to the next level?

What barriers do you experience, and what opportunities are you seeking?

The Equity Accelerator's (EA) mission is to create more equitable learning and working environments where all people have the support, opportunities, and resources they need to thrive. We recognize that effectively enhancing equity in higher education and workforce contexts requires collaborative engagement across disciplines - engaging the ideas, insights, and expertise of diverse and interdisciplinary scholars. This type of collaboration advances our understanding of the structures, policies, and practices that perpetuate long standing inequities and generates actionable insights for dismantling systems of oppression to catalyze transformative systems change. We also recognize that to support such innovative scholarship, we must recognize and address the pernicious inequities that exist in how existing infrastructure and support are distributed, across institutions, areas of study, tenure status, or demographic groups. 

In appreciation for and acknowledgement of these truths, EA is hosting  the Structures for Advancing Scholarship, Practice, and Policy convening in San Francisco, California on August 1, 2024.

With this convening we aim to bring together a diverse and transdisciplinary group of approximately 30 early and mid-career scholars whose research contributes to improving the experiences, opportunities, and outcomes of racially-minoritized and structurally- disadvantaged groups in higher education and workforce contexts. Together, we aim to build relationships and share insights across disciplines to identify opportunities and structures necessary to effectively bridge research, practice, and policy that increase equity in postsecondary and workforce representation, retention, and achievement.

Convening attendees will work together to identify the resource and support needs of early-career scholars and practitioners in the field to collaborate, advance, and bridge innovative educational equity research, practice, and policy across disciplines. 

Outputs of this convening will include relationship and network building as well as the development of a summative report highlighting the recommendations of convening participants in areas such as (but not limited to): infrastructure, policy, and funding. The report will be shared with all convening participants, published publicly on EA's website, and shared with funders and policy makers at state and federal levels to help inform new advancements in support for scholarship to advance educational and workplace equity. The report and learnings from the convening will also help inform EA's future programming that supports the career development and advancement of early-career scholars (like you!) through future field-building initiatives.

Call for Nominations

EA requests nominations for convening participation from early and mid-career scholars whose research or practice focuses on improving the experiences, opportunities, and outcomes of racially-minoritized and structurally disadvantaged individuals in college and workplace settings. Nominations should be made on behalf of oneself; if you have interest in participating in this convening, we encourage you to apply. If you would like to nominate someone else for this convening, please send them the link to this webpage and submission portal. EA welcomes and encourages submissions from scholars of diverse academic, social, and racial backgrounds who can bring unique perspectives to conversations about the infrastructure required to effectively bridge research, practice, and policy. 

Travel to San Francisco and two nights of lodging (July 31 & August 1) at the Marriot Marquis for selected participants will be covered in full by the Equity Accelerator. 

Self-Nomination Process

Interested parties should submit brief self-nominations for convening participation using the Apply Here button below by May 20, 2024. If you would like to nominate someone else for this convening, please send them the link to this webpage and application form. The nomination process is very brief and includes the following questions with only a short-answer response required for each:

  1. How does your research and/or scholarship contribute to advancing equity in experience, opportunities, or outcomes for racially-minoritized and structurally disadvantaged individuals in college and/or workplace contexts?
  2. What methodological approaches do you use in your research? Describe briefly.
  3. What do you hope to gain from participation in the Structures for Advancing Scholarship, Practice, and Policy convening?
  4. What do you hope to contribute to the Structures for Advancing Scholarship, Practice, and Policy convening? 
  5. Would you have interest in providing feedback, via a brief call with EA staff, on the program agenda in advance of the meeting?

All submissions must be made using the application form linked below. Submissions made by other means will not be considered.

Questions? Contact us at contact@accelerateequity.org.

The Equity Accelerator  is a focused research organization (FRO) that harnesses social and behavioral science to build more equitable learning and working environments-from college to career. EA's unique framework is informed by robust empirical evidence synthesized across the literature on equitable educational practices, policies, and organizational behavior (e.g. Hurtado & Alvarado, 2015; Ladson-Billings, 1995; McNair et al., 2020; Murphy & Destin, 2016; Steele, 1997; Tinto, 1993), as well as its applied work in both community college and university settings that demonstrate the efficacy of creating, implementing, and evaluating evidence-based tools and resources for faculty, administrators, and staff to improve students' experiences and outcomes in college and university settings. Led by founder and CEO Mary C. Murphy, Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University, EA's work has reached over 100,000 people at over 350 colleges and workplaces.

As an organization working in the FRO model, EA is committed to becoming a field-building catalyst as part of our broader aim to harness social and behavioral science to help colleges and organizations build more equitable learning and working environments, where everyone has the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. As such, EA aspires to take on challenges that are larger than any one organization can pursue alone, to share insights openly and to engage with others' work so that learning can develop progressively, ensuring advancements in science may inform practice and policy.

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