International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 2020: Call for Proposals

Anti-Racism: From Conversations to Action
Strategize. Mobilize. Actualize.

The Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office (ARCDO) in partnership with Hart House at the University of Toronto is pleased to announce its Call for Proposals for the annual International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (IDERD) Conference.The conference will be held on March 20, 2020. The theme of the conference is Anti-Racism: From Conversations to Action. This conference will provide an opportunity for critical dialogue, engagement, action planning and strategic partnerships on key anti-racism topics.We are seeking interactive proposals that educate and inspire. Proposals are to highlight action-oriented policies, strategies, community initiatives and research/innovation that broaden the scope of Anti-Racism initiatives and programming.


Proposals should connect to one or more of the topics listed below.

  • Race, Faith and Inclusion
  • Indigeneity and Post-Secondary Education
  • Race and Food Sustainability
  • International Students and Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Racialized and Indigenous Employees and the Work Environment
  • Intersectionality and Anti-Racism Initiatives in Post-Secondary
  • Race and Technology
  • Anti-Racism Initiatives and Student Success
  • Anti-Racism and the Arts
  • Anti-Racism and Climate Change
  • Safety, Criminal Justice and Anti-Racism Strategies
  • Mental Health, Well Being and Race
  • Anti-Racism Initiatives: Lessons from Community and Post-Secondary Partnerships
  • Sexual and Gender Identity and Race
  • Accessibility and Race


Proposals should address at least one of the three themes listed below.

Strategy & Innovation:

Submissions in this category will primarily focus on various strategies, policies, evidence-based approaches, innovative techniques and practices that seek to address racial equity and promote inclusivity in a particular field. Proposal submissions may include but are not limited to:

  • Strategic initiatives/programs/policies developed and implemented to contribute to racially equitable, diverse and inclusive environments.
  • Programs, campaigns that address a systemic barrier and/or increase access to underrepresented communities.
  • Innovative initiatives in anti-racism implemented in a particular field.

Missing Conversations:

Submissions in this category brings to the forefront missing conversations on the nuances, gaps and opportunities that are not commonly highlighted within the scope of anti-racism practice. Proposal submissions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • Topic(s) that relate to the field of anti-racism that is often lacking from the main narrative, for example: Anti-Racism in Sex Education.
  • Challenges for engagement within the scope of anti-racism practice in a particular field.
  • Opportunities for collaboration and strategic partnerships in anti-racism practice.

Lessons from Community:

Within this category proposal submissions focus primarily on action-oriented community initiatives, collaborative partnerships that involve community members and by extension their stakeholders in addressing racial barriers. Proposal submissions may include but are not limited to the following:

  • New or existing partnerships or collaborations across sectors.
  • Successes and lessons learned from community on anti-racism initiatives.
  • Initiatives that have fostered deeper ties between community organizations and post-secondary institutions to increase access and share resources.

Submissions are welcomed from:

  • University of Toronto faculty, researchers, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate)
  • Faculty, staff and students (undergraduate and graduate) from other academic institutions and colleges
  • Community members including community based agencies and organizations
  • Representatives of provincial and federal ministries, agencies, boards, commissions and foundations

Proposals should include:

  • Name, position/organization and contact information of all (co)presenters.
  • A 200 word description of the presentation proposal with reference to the conference theme, topic and how your presentation may further best practices in anti-racism initiatives.
  • Three learning objectives that participants will gain from attending your session.
  • Your proposed session format

Session Format:

Sessions will be a maximum of 60 minutes in length. The session’s formats are as follows:

  • Interactive workshop
  • Panel discussion
  • Research paper presentation
  • Presentations on arts-based installations and new media (poetry, posters, songs, dance, audial-based media such as podcasts, visual-based media such as film, and other new media

presented in partnership with:
Hart House


Submission Deadline

The deadline for submissions is November 22, 2019.
Accepted proposals will be contacted no later than December 18, 2019.

For questions or further information please contact Nikki Samuel: