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Freedom Now: At What Cost?

 

The Black Male Development Symposium provides an opportunity for youth, adults, educational institutions, community organizations and individuals to participate in a one-day symposium designed to address the life-threatening issues facing Black male youth and adults. On behalf of the Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS) Executive Committee, we invite you to join us by submitting a proposal for the 9th Annual Black Male Development Symposium.

 

This year’s theme is Freedom Now: At What Cost? The focus of this year’s symposium is to offer analysis, strategies, plans and possibilities to counteract the myriad of challenges having an adverse effect on the socialization of Black men and boys. Please select the pathway that best fits your field/interest and the format that will best facilitate the learning you want participants to achieve. Additionally, please indicate if your workshop audience is Middle School Students, High School Students, College Students, Adults, Intergenerational, Parents and Caregivers or Professionals (Educators, Administrators or Community Advocates).

 

If you intend to submit a proposal, please be sure to read the information below. We are eager to receive your proposals and look forward to having you shape and expand the Symposium’s vision.

 

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The deadline for submission is January 9, 2017.


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BMDS is seeking dynamic workshop presenters, speakers and authors who want to share their experiences and best practices for our 2017 Symposium. We invite you to submit proposals that address the focus spotlighted in any of our 4 designated workshop pathways and specific topic areas as described on page 4.

If you intend to submit a proposal, please be sure to read the information that follows. We are eager to receive your proposals and look forward to having you shape and expand the Symposium’s vision.

The deadline for submission is January 9, 2017.

As you read through the Pathways and consider submitting a proposal, please note that as BMDS designs the conference program, we are committed to an inclusive understanding of diversity. For BMDS, diversity refers to the presence and acknowledgment of different points-of-view, including the varied ways of making meaning for different ethnicities and cultures, religions, economic/class status, age, sexual orientation and educational/developmental abilities.


BMDS PUBLICATION POLICY

Your registration for, and participation in, the BMDS authorizes us to use video and audio footage, photographs or any other media for marketing, promotional, and/or educational purposes. Additionally, all papers submitted to and accepted by the Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS) are copyrighted by and are the property of BMDS. Selected symposium papers will become part of the BMDS Journal publication. As soon as possible after the symposium, BMDS will contact all authors whose papers are being considered for publication in the BMDS 2017 Journal. As a condition of publication, BMDS grants you permission to reprint your presentation in other publications, provided you acknowledge that the material appeared in the BMDS Journal previously, giving the full name of the publication, the editor(s) and BMDS. An abstract, not to exceed one-fifth of the original paper presented at the conference may be published without further permission from BMDS provided appropriate source credit is given to the Symposium at which the paper was presented. No monetary or other compensation is offered. You will receive a complimentary copy of the publication, and you will be entitled to purchase additional copies at a discount of 40% off the listed price.


SELECTING A SESSION FORMAT

In submitting proposals, please note that sessions can vary in format. We offer three distinct formats to share knowledge and experience and facilitate participant learning: 1) individual sessions; 2) panel sessions; and 3) interactive/experiential/ performance-based sessions. Please indicate the type of format that will offer the most promising experience for participants to engage your work while exploring ways to apply it. We will make every effort to accommodate your preferred session format. We encourage applicants to represent intergenerational perspectives and/or integrate a variety of voices as appropriate, such as students, community partners, family, and educators.


Presentation Format Options


Individual Session
(75/90 minutes; one facilitator):

Individual sessions are more presentational in format. We ask that you monitor the timing carefully so at least one quarter of the session is allotted for audience questions and comments. It is important to provide participants an opportunity to engage each other about the topic at hand, so please think of creative strategies for engaging people to participate. When you submit your proposal, please provide the outcomes participants should expect from your session and examples of how you will facilitate discussion, analysis, and reflection. Wherever possible and appropriate, please include teaching tools and other concrete resources that might make it easier for others to adapt new ideas to their own circumstances.

 

Panel Sessions (75/90 minutes; two or more facilitators):

Panel sessions are more presentational in format. We ask that you monitor the timing carefully so at least one quarter of the session is allotted for audience questions and comments. It is important to provide participants an opportunity to engage each other about the topic at hand, so please think of creative strategies for engaging people to participate. When you submit your proposal, please provide the outcomes participants should expect from your session and examples of how you will facilitate discussion, analysis, and reflection. Wherever possible and appropriate, please include teaching tools and other concrete resources that might make it easier for others to adapt new ideas to their own circumstances.

 

Interactive/Perform (75/90 minutes; one, two, or more facilitators):

Certain kinds of topics and particular kinds of learning are more appropriately presented in more interactive and experiential ways. The interactive/experiential sessions are expected to be more participatory in design where the structure of the session solicits and depends on audience interaction. While these sessions can begin with a brief framing of an issue or include data, theories, or examples, the pedagogy of the session is focused on active involvement of those who come to the session. We are also including in this category of formats those who might want to submit a performance-based session—dance, theater or music. We ask that in the performance-based sessions that there also be an opportunity for the audience to reflect together on what they have seen or to pose questions. When you submit your proposal, please provide the outcomes participants should expect from your session and examples of how you will facilitate the interactive dimensions of the session to engage the diverse expertise and experiences of the participants.

 


HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL

Electronic Submission: Please submit your proposal online (www.blackmaledevelopment.com) by filling in each field for the submission form as directed. If you cannot submit the proposal electronically or encounter technical difficulties, please contact bmds.symposium@gmail.com. or 215-572-8510.

Please select the Pathway that best fits your field/interest and the format that will best facilitate the learning you want participants to achieve. If you wish to present more than one session, please complete a separate proposal for each desired session and indicate which target group(s) should attend your session: Middle or High School Students, College Students, Adults, Parents and Caregivers, Intergenerational, Professionals (select all that apply).

Your proposal should briefly describe the workshop or presentation in 250 – 500 words or less and care should be given to providing a title that will appeal to your audience. Please also make sure to include your personal or organizational website and contact information as you would like it to appear in the program booklet.


Authors Pavilion:
Presenters and speakers will also have the opportunity to participate in the Authors Pavilion if your book if approved. For authors who would only like to participate in the Authors Pavilion, please complete the electronic call for papers submission and complete the appropriate sections. Please provide the title, target audience and cost for 50-100 copies in the appropriate sections and mail a copy to the attention of Dr. Doreen Loury, Arcadia University, Easton Hall Room 334, 450 S. Easton Road, Glenside, PA 19038 postmarked by Friday, March 3, 2017.


Notification:
You should receive an automatic message indicating receipt of your proposal when submitted. If you do not receive this message, please send an e-mail to bmds.symposium@gmail.com.


Acceptance:
You will be notified by, Monday, January 30, 2017 of the status of your proposal. Once notified, you will have 10 days to confirm your attendance and provide any feedback regarding any proposed changes to the workshop title or description.


RESOURCES FOR ATTENDEES OF YOUR SESSION

Conference participants like to have resource materials to help them implement or share new ideas. Please plan to bring 75 to 100 handouts for each session. We strongly encourage facilitators to provide resources online in advance of the conference; this increases the potential for active participation in your session.


ONLINE RESOURCES FOR YOUR SESSION

If your proposal pertains to a project, program, course, or other feature for which there is (or will be) descriptive materials on the Web, please provide the URL address with your proposal. The BMDS website will include these links when we post the program online.


FINAL REMINDERS

Please complete all fields, including information pertaining to all additional facilitators. Include links to supplemental materials if available. Please note only facilitators listed in your proposal will be permitted to participate in your session.

Also, please remember that by submitting a proposal you agree to: inform your co-facilitators about the proposal’s status; authorize the Black Male Development Symposium to record your participation via video, audio, photography or any other medium; and authorize the use of your name, likeness, voice and biographical material in connection with these recordings.


Deadline: Please submit your proposal electronically by 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, January 9, 2017.

 

Your registration for the BMDS authorizes the Symposium to use video and audio footage, photographs or any other media for marketing, promotional, and/or educational purposes.