Planning for 2018 Pride Conference continues

Save the date! October 12 and 13, 2018

The SUNY Pride Conference Committee cordially invites students, community members, resource professionals, junior and senior faculty, and administrators to submit proposals for our upcoming conference theme, Pride Without Borders: Sharing Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow. This conference is meant to highlight and celebrate LGBTQIA+ experiences through fostered dialogue across academic and/or practical experiences, disciplinary foci, and institutional perspectives, as well as provide support and resources to those that attend.

Today’s students entering college come with new attitudes and understandings around gender and sexuality. Despite the progress made in different areas of policy, education, and pop culture, there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to give the best support and education to students in a nation full of uncertainty. To this effect, this year’s theme serves to provide an avenue for different voices to be heard and allow for greater representation of individuals who are so often silenced.

The SUNY Pride Conference Committee is also excited to announce an addition to our presentations this year: a Professional Track, where current professionals and educators that work with and serve the LGBTQIA+ community (e.g. teachers [K-12], professors, administrators, staff members, counselors, community leaders, advisors, etc.) can share research, trends, and best practices for supporting students in the community and beyond. Please note on the submission form if you would like your presentation to count towards the Professional Track. Students will not be able to attend presentations/workshops in the Professional Track.

Students presenters should seek guidance from a faculty or staff member at their home institution. The faculty or staff member should mentor the students through the process of writing the conference proposal, organizing a presentation on a specific theme, and presenting their scholarship to an audience.

SUNY Pride Learning Outcomes

Conference participants will be able to:

  • Identify multiple aspects of diversity, including the ongoing development of identity and creating an inclusive community.
  • Explore and analyze current trends and issues that LGBTQIA+ college students face.
  • Create a network of student leaders and professionals.
  • Explore impactful approaches to diversity, inclusion, and wellness through a local and global lens.

Below are some areas of potential interest that fit in this year’s theme and learning outcomes:

  • Invisibility of LGBTQIA+ Identities
  • Legacy of Intersectionality and/or Globalization
  • Marginalization and Resilience
  • Implications of Public Policy for LGBTQIA+ Communities
  • Heteronormativity/Homonormativity
  • LGBTQIA+ Transnational and Translocal Activism
  • Post-Colonial and De-Colonial Narratives
  • LGBTQIA+ Mental Health and Wellness
  • Global LGBTQIA+ Experiences
  • Political Climate and Impacts
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Allyship and Intervention
  • Acts of Resistance and Healing
  • Embodied Research and Teaching
  • Cultural Queerness
  • Non-normative Genders and Sexualities
  • Violence against LGBTQIA+ Bodies

To submit a proposal, please complete the form here. Submissions are due by Monday, September 10, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.

More information will be coming soon, so please check back throughout the summer for updates! Updates will include registration details, lodging information, Keynote announcements, CEU information, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Phelps, Chair of the SUNY Pride Conference Committee, at