Call for Student-Led Session Proposals

The deadline for student-led proposals has passed.  If you are a student interested in contributing to the planning of the conference, please email Siah Annand at

To our fellow students:

For the past several years, there has been a growing presence of students attending the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) conference on Diversity, Equity, and Student Success. For the 2020 conference being held in New Orleans on March 19th-21st, student representatives are serving as part of the conference planning committee. We have the opportunity to help frame conference sessions and to select session presenters. We are hoping you will join us, as we work to make our education active, participatory, and shared.

The theme of this year’s meeting is “The Power of Collective Action.” And what could be truer for student activism? As leaders affecting broad change at our institutions, we rely on strategic partnerships with faculty, administrators, and other students to achieve our biggest, most hopeful visions of a just campus and society.

Proposals for student led sessions are due November 1, 2019, and should be submitted through the online proposal form.  Please consider proposing a panel, sharing a discussion topic, or attending this conference as a participant. We support projects collaborating with other students (at your institution or not!) as well as collaborations with faculty or administrators; creative work on your leadership or on campus; and other critical or creative endeavors showing the power of collective action on our campuses. We’re excited to engage in discussions to think about what a sense of shared responsibility for justice looks like, on campus and in our world.

We are listening closely to the diversity of student voices to define the power of collective action. Please consider submitting today, to meet the specially extended deadline of November 1st.

Thank you,

Members of the DESS Conference Student Planning Committee

Luis A. Cisneros
MA Higher Education and Student Affairs, 2020
New York University

Tanner Crunelle
BA in English & BA in Women's and Gender Studies, 2020
College of Charleston Honors College

Gerrhett Jensen
BS PreVeterinary Science, 2020
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Ariana Rodriguez
Masters of Public Administration, 2020
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi