The Call for Workshop Proposals is now OPEN! (DUE Monday, July 31st at noon)
Submit your proposal/s for 75min workshops on Sat & Sun HERE Submit your proposal/s for Day-Long Institute extended workshops for Thurs & Fri HERE
BECAUSE 2017 will be held on November 10th-12th, 2017 at Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN. This year’s theme (our 25th Anniversary), entitled Coming Home: A Bi+ Past, Present, & Future will create space to honor where we have been, learn from how we got here and what we're doing now, and make plans for continuing the fight into the future to ensure that bi+ people will have visibility and support for many years to come.
This conference will support an environment where we’ll combat identity erasure, create meaningful relationships, empower members of our communities, and further educate the community on what it means to be bi+.
General guidelines for workshops:
Appeal to a broad or specific audience; know your audience & know yourself (stay in your lane)
Provide resources for further education, action, or activism on the issue
75 minutes in length (unless for the Day-Long Institutes on Thursday & Friday)
Presenters are unpaid (but will have their registration fee/s waived)
Presenters must agree to our guidelines and take a short online training
Subject matter related to the following 10 areas of emphasis (although we have included sample workshop topics for each area, please feel free to propose other topics based on your expertise or interest.)
Community Building and Leadership (Examples: solidarity between Bi+ people, spaces for Bi+ people, mentorship, how to build & maintain a strong community/network of Bi+ people, student leadership, navigating leadership as a Bi+ person etc.)
Intersecting Identities (Examples: Bi+ people with disabilities, multiracial identity, rural Bi+ experiences, Bi+ erasure, parenting etc.)
Leadership (Examples: mentorship, how to build & maintain a strong community/network of Bi+, student leadership, navigating leadership as a Bi+ person, etc.)
Health and Wellness (Examples: self-care, mental health, HIV+, internalized oppression, bi+ in accessing healthcare systems, combating addiction, etc.)
Bi+ Elders (Examples: LGBT & aging, grief and loss, caregiving, passing down stories & our history, sexuality & aging, etc.)
Because of limited space, not all workshops will be selected. We will give priority to those that make direct connections to the areas of emphasis listed above.
Presenters are expected to confirm their attendance (by August 22nd), register for the conference at no charge, and provide workshop materials (PowerPoints, videos, etc.) to the Workshop Planning Committee to plan accessibility accommodations no later than Thursday, September 7th, 2017.
Proposal Applications Due: July 31st
Workshop Review Period: July 31st - August 7th
Notification of Selection: August 7th - August 14th
Policies & Training for Presenters released: August 7th/14th - August 22nd
Presenters confirm their attendance: August 22nd
Workshop Access Material Due Date: September 7th
Additional Considerations for Presenters In order for all conference participants to gain the most knowledge and learning from the presentations and workshops, we highly encourage all presenters to consider the following suggestions:
Ensure that your presentation addresses the theme of the conference in the following ways: creating meaningful dialogue, sharing histories, creating plans for next-steps, addresses privilege and power dynamics.
Make sure the presentation format and content of workshop engage all audience members to think, reflect, and share on the topic;
Instead of talking to the audience, connect with the audience about the relevance of the topic and its impact on individual and community;
Provide learning points, information (resources) or materials that participants can bring home with them after the presentation;