5th Annual
Dismantling Systemic Racism
Conference on Race, Education & Success

Wednesday, May 20th, 2020
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford, CT

A conference designed for educators, family members, community members, business leaders and everyone who plays a part in a child’s life.

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Deadline Extended to January 12, 2020!

Thank you to all of you who have submitted proposals for Dismantling Systemic Racism 2020! We appreciate your enthusiasm and interest in sharing your experiences and expertise at the conference!

We have received multiple requests to extend the deadline, so in order to accommodate as many interested people as possible, we are extending the deadline to Sunday, January 12, 2020. All proposals must be received by midnight on that day in order to be considered. Notifications about the status of the proposal will still be emailed by February 4, 2020.

The 5th annual conference on Dismantling Systemic Racism, sponsored by the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with the SERC Foundation, focuses on ways to support, promote, and develop racial equity in education. The conference supports educators, families, and community leaders to better serve Connecticut’s students and their families, through advocacy and the development, implementation, and sustainability of innovative, culturally relevant programming. In order to eliminate racially predictable outcomes, the focus is on all students, but particularly Black and Brown students, as well as students learning English and students with disabilities.

This Call for Presenters is intended to solicit dynamic, thought-provoking presentations that will address the multifaceted ways that race and systemic racism impede our students’ outcomes and limit opportunities for success in academics, social development, health, and family engagement. Proposals should relate to the conference theme of Race, Education and Success and will be reviewed based on the following criteria:

  • Strongly aligned to the theme of the conference
  • Well-written and coherently described
  • Clearly connected to current theory, research or practice in the field
  • Appropriate levels of engagement and interaction
  • Representation of student voice

It is anticipated that up to 1,000 people will participate in this full-day conference. Participants may include general and special educators, administrators, students, family members, community members, business leaders, and all who play a role in a child’s life.

Each breakout session will be 90 minutes long.

Proposals are due by January 3 January 12, 2020.

All proposals submitted by the due date of January 12, 2020 will be reviewed. Notifications about the status of the proposal will be emailed by February 4, 2020. If a proposal is accepted, each member of a presenting team will be required to complete an individual conference registration form. Registration fees will be waived for one (1) presenter per session (additional presenters will be charged a discounted rate of $95). For additional information regarding the conference or the proposal process, contact Heather Dawes, Project Specialist, at SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 263, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Call for Presenters Submission Form

A collaboration of SERC and the SERC Foundation