Communicating Diversity Conference

Call for Submissions

March 31 & April 1, 2017


The Department of Communication at Texas A&M University invites submissions from undergraduate and graduate students to our annual student conference, “Communicating Diversity,” which provides a forum to showcase, share, and engage in discussions about scholarship on communication and diversity.

This two-day conference begins on Friday evening with a workshop facilitated by our keynote speaker, Dr. Isabela Molina Guzman. On Saturday, talented undergraduate and graduate students will present scholarship engaging diversity in a variety of contexts and through different theoretical lenses. The day will culminate with Dr. Molina-Guzman’s keynote address concerning her current research.

We invite submissions related to, though not limited to, cultural diversity in “old” and “new” media, global technology, civic discourse, leadership, health communication, organizational communication, rhetoric and public address, interpersonal communication, and intercultural communication.

We especially encourage submissions that highlight voices of minoritized and marginalized groups based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, class, ability, and age.


Eligibility Undergraduate and graduate students from any institution of higher education are eligible to participate.


Submissions Submit a 250-word abstract to by midnight CST on February 17, 2017. Include your name, university/college affiliation, departmental affiliation, and student status (undergraduate or graduate) in your email. Abstracts should be attached as Word document (.doc or .docx) with no identifying information in the document.


All submissions will be reviewed by a panel of experts. Socially relevant and theoretically informed abstracts that fit the conference theme will be prioritized. Submitters will be notified by March 3, 2017 about their acceptance or rejection.


Top Paper Award Those accepted to the conference are eligible for the Communicating Diversity Paper Competition. To be considered, submit your paper (10 page minimum) by March 17, 2017 to Top student papers will be recognized at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


Conference Registration Registration for the conference will be available beginning on February 24, 2017. Registration is free of charge. Registration deadline is March 24, 2017. Please check our website,, for registration and other information in the spring.


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