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Elko, Nevada 89801

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2022 Northern Nevada Diversity Summit: April 6, 2022

Work, Study, Family and Life Balances in Higher Education: Advancing Best Practices in a Pandemic World

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Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) organizes two annual, daylong Diversity Summits, in Northern Nevada and in Southern Nevada. These events are free of charge and all faculty, staff, and students of NSHE institutions and community partners are invited to participate.

This year's theme was voted by the Cultural Diversity Committee, in consideration of the ongoing and evolving challenges of the pandemic and its effects on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in higher education, as well as unresolved and historical racial and social justice demands. Given the focus on advancing “an ethic of care”, we are proud to announce that this year’s Summit will be dedicated to the work and legacy of bell hooks, the trailblazing scholar, author, social activist and feminist, who dedicated so much of her efforts to those critically needed concerns and who passed away last December (who signed her name in lower case letters as a testimony of the importance of the work and not the author). We are also proud to announce that our keynote speaker of the morning will be Dr. M. Shadee Malaklou (she/they), the Founding and Inaugural Director of the bell hooks Center at Berea College in Kentucky, hooks hometown.

We want to invite you to present your proposal submissions, which can consist of panel or individual presentations and/or poster exhibitions. As in past years, we are seeking to open up the notions of research and knowledge, so we welcome the contributions of faculty, students, staff and community leaders and representatives.

Considering this year’s theme, we are looking for proposals that addressed the following:

Diversity Summit Goals:

  • Present challenges and possible solutions
  • Address different areas of identity, particularly from intersectional understandings, in advancing those possible solutions
  • Present new areas of research on the topic
  • Create a space for students, community members, and higher education practitioners to share resources, programs and research, as well as engage in conversation related to the topic

Possible Areas of Discussion:

  • Diverse and intersectional definitions in work/study/family life balances
  • Focus on specific groups, needs and practices
  • National trends and possible adaptations to local experiences
  • Social wellness, care and resiliency in higher education
  • Rethinking power and authority in higher education, from an ethics of care
  • Best practices in increasing diverse groups self-direction and autonomy
  • Bell hooks work on care, love, higher education and related topics of her writings


  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • Truckee Meadows Community College
  • Desert Research Institute
  • Western Nevada College
  • Great Basin College

Proposal Submission:

The 2022 Northern Nevada Diversity Summit Proposal form includes further information about the proposal guidelines. Proposals must be submitted online before Tuesday, February 22, 2022, at 11:59 PM (PST).

Contact information:

Questions about the Diversity Summit should be directed to Cheyenne Magpantay at

For More Information Contact

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1500 College Parkway
Elko, Nevada 89801

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