Learn More Series Program Proposals

Learn More SeriesEach year, BU Diversity & Inclusion seeks to explore a topic of social importance through our Learn More series, which features nationally renowned speakers and related, scaffolded programming throughout the year. Our goal through this series is to help spark new learning, catalyze important conversations between students, staff, and faculty, and provide the means by which members of our community can learn to apply theory to action.

In 2021-2022, our focus for the Learn More series will be ‘Disability.’

Call for Proposals

We believe in the power of our collective! In the spirit of catalyzing new thinking and collective action, we invite program proposals that seek to examine issues related to disability. In particular, we hope to receive proposals that reflect engaging and intentional programming within one of the four organizing questions (below), that provide further learning and knowledge, and that are directed to an audience of BU students, faculty, and staff.

Who Can Submit a Proposal

  • schools/colleges
  • academic and administrative departments
  • formal and informal groups of individuals comprised of students, staff, and/or faculty (as long as they have access to funding sources).

Ideas for programs might include: workshops, reading groups, panel discussions, activities that marry ideas to action, programs that highlight research on this topic, or any modality of programming that you believe would be effective, interesting, and have potential to engage a broad range of constituents.

While the major speaker events and some additional events will be financially supported by BU Diversity & Inclusion, the bulk of the program proposals must be funded at the unit/department/group/local level.

 Organizing Questions

The structure of the series comprises four organizing questions, each featuring major speakers and supportive BU D&I-hosted programming, which will follow the timing and framework below:

What is it? (Sep/Oct/Nov)

What do we know and understand disability to be? What has informed our understanding?

How does it work? (Oct/Nov/Dec)

How has disability as an issue been constructed, organized, and understood within society?

Where does it manifest? (Jan/Feb/Mar)

Where do we see issues affecting individuals living with disabilities exhibited within our society?

How do we interrupt it? (Mar/Apr/May)

What are concerns and/or interventions we might consider when addressing the issues of individuals living with disabilities? How do we or should we enact different behaviors to create a more equitable and just environment?


  • Submissions for fall semester: We encourage you to submit proposals for fall programs by Friday, May 7. Notification of acceptance by May 17, 2021.
  • Submissions for spring semester: We encourage you to submit proposals for spring programs by Friday, October 1. Notification of acceptance by October 15, 2021.