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2016-17 Diversity Events

Call for Presentations and Events

At FIT, we believe that the experience of learning and working with people of diverse cultures, races, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds nourishes a capacity for understanding different perspectives and for interacting with people of backgrounds different than our own. To help us pursue this goal, the Diversity Council is launching a year-long celebration of events and presentations that showcase the creativity and rich diversity of experience at FIT through the lens of the arts, careers, curriculum, social media, technology, and other fields. We are cordially inviting you to submit your proposals for diversity events for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Submission deadline: Forms must be submitted by November 16, 2015. Presenters/requesters will be notified by January 25, 2016 if the proposal has been accepted and amount funded.

Diversity Event Proposal Criteria:  The Diversity Council calls on the entire FIT community to submit proposals for presentations and events in any category (workshops, speaker/lecture, performance, food-related event, visual, exhibition, etc.) that are related to these traditional celebrations at FIT:

  • Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15)
  • Disability Awareness Week Event (October)
  • Diversity Week (November – first full week) – introduce any other topic related to diversity
  • Black History Month (February)
  • Women’s History Month (March)
  • Asian/Pacific Islander Month (April)
  • LGBTQ/Gay Pride Event (April/May)

*You may propose another kind of event, provided it is related to diversity and the Diversity Council's mission. All proposals will be considered on their relevance to diversity, the Diversity Council’s mission, its educational component, and to FIT students and employees.  We are particularly interested in submissions from FIT departments and student clubs.

Requirements for Presentations:  If you would like to present, please complete the Diversity Events Call for Presentations form.  Presentations should be one hour in length. We welcome a variety of approaches, including project-based, cross-disciplinary or collaborative presentations in a range of formats (workshops, speaker/lecture, performance, visual, exhibition, etc.). Please specify the required/preferred space, time of day, and projected attendance for your presentation(s). Please note: presenters accepted do not receive honorariums or speakers’ fees.

Requirements for Events:
If you would like to submit a proposal for an event, please complete the Diversity Events Call for Events form.  Events can be for one day or repeated over a week or over the year.  Events are typically scheduled from one- to three-hour blocks of time. We welcome a variety of events (including artist presentations, dance/video/theatrical performances, career-oriented or class project-oriented events, lectures and readings). Please specify the required/preferred space, time of day and projected attendance for your event(s). Please note: financial assistance is available, however funds are limited and the amount will be based on the number of requests accepted.

Review Procedures: The Diversity Council’s Grants and Events subcommittee will review all proposals and submit their recommendations to the Council co-chairs and to the President. The subcommittee will notify applicants of their decision by January 25, 2016.

The Diversity Council of FIT was established by the Office of the President to enhance and promote inclusiveness and diversity throughout the FIT campus.


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