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HBCUstory Symposium 2016 | Call for Papers
Theme | The Will + The Way, Reaffirming the HBCU Mission, Redefining Their Mission
Presented by | HBCUstory + Paul Quinn College

HBCUstory, in partnership with the Paul Quinn College, proudly presents the fourth annual HBCUstory Symposium on Oct. 31- Nov. 1, 2016 in Dallas, Texas. Held on the historic Paul Quinn College campus, the two-day research and cultural symposium is first of its kind to convene Historically Black College and University (HBCU) researchers, presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

This year’s symposium, themed, “The Will + The Way: HBCUs Reaffirming Their Mission, Redefining Their Vision,” challenges HBCU stakeholders to tell the story of HBCU successes, to learn from their missteps, and to create new plans that serve as blueprints towards a rich, compelling future. Now represents a prime opportunity to refashion the place of HBCUs as leaders among the nation’s higher education landscape—given that our institutions can very well be academically competitive, culturally vibrant, and more fiscally solvent.

Call for Papers, Organized Sessions and Panel Guidelines
August 31, 2016 is the deadline for abstracts and sessions.
The two-day symposium’s registration cost of $125 includes lunch.
An early-bird registration rate of $85 is available for a limited time.

Registration is available online at:
Note: Each presenter is limited to one submission.

The 2016 HBCUstory Symposium Planning Committee invites proposals that meet one or both of the following criteria:

● The presentation is related to a preeminent HBCU figure (alumnus, alumna, administrator, faculty member, etc.) or to a single, group and/or all HBCUs from their founding to today. Presentations may address a variety of topics including history, information science; STEM; fundraising and development; partnerships and mergers, student persistence and retention; diversity and inclusion (LBGTQ, women studies); as well as athletics and wellness. Possible topics may be historical, investigative or scientific in nature.

● The presentation is related to a highly successful program, initiative or practice currently underway at a single, group and or all HBCUs.

Presenters are not required to have an HBCU affiliation. The committee accepts proposals for single papers but encourages session proposals that include two or three papers.

Single paper proposals and organized sessions must include:
Paper Title
Abstract (200 word limit)
HBCU + Nature of HBCU Affiliation (if applicable)
Submitted by (list name, institution, title, mailing address, email)

The Committee accepts proposals for panels of three persons, which must include:
Panel Title
Suggested Panel Chair
Brief Panel Description (250 word limit)
List of Panelists (list name, institution, title, email)
HBCU, Nature of HBCU Affiliation (if applicable)
Submitted by (list name, institution, title, mailing address, email)

Early-bird registration is strongly encouraged for favorable consideration. Please make all submissions and/or inquires to the HBCUstory Symposium Committee 2016 via email at symposium-at-hbcustory-dot-org.


Registration is now open for this year’s symposium.

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