The Equity in Education Coalition presents our second annual, multi-day gathering – the Decolonizing Education Conference – to advance the education community’s understanding of and practices around antiracism and equity. Bringing together educators, parents, students, school board members, legislators, education advocates, and community based organizations, this conference will thoroughly examine the intersection of racism in education and intentionally center the voices, experiences, and expertise of people of color – Native/Indigenous, Black, and Immigrant/Refugee.

Through this conference we will: 1) share tools and create networks to make decolonizing education possible; 2) develop participant understanding of anti-racism and equity; 3) position EEC as a megaphone and vehicle; and 4) mobilize advocates for future actions. By the end of the 3 days, EEC aims to animate organizing, advocacy, and policymaking strategies, in Washington and nationwide, that work to undo institutional racism in educational systems.

The Equity in Education Coalition believes in eliminating the opportunity gap and promoting birth through career success for all children of color in Washington State.

To get there requires leaders, thinkers, doers — each who are challenging the status quo, transforming culture, influencing people and initiating change.

Are you doing work that aims to increase student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity?

The Equity in Education Coalition (EEC) is accepting proposals until April 3rd, 2020, for its second annual DECOLONIZING EDUCATION: Anti-racism towards Equity in Public Education Conference, and you are invited to submit to present.

The conference takes place on October 14-16, 2020, at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma WA.

Don’t miss this opportunity to get your message in front of hundreds of thought-leaders, change-makers, and practitioners.

Your proposal needs to come from an analysis of Community Centric Equity, Anti-Racism and/or Decolonization and must be lead by a person of color. White co-presenters are okay.

We are seeking proposals that align with any of five strands:

  • Best practices for equitable learning environments: Topics may include racial equity, gender equity, Culturally responsive practice, disability services, support services for students with disabilities or other populations who have experienced historical & systemic oppression, the transition to postsecondary services.

  • Increasing access to Educational Opportunities for Students of Color: Topics may include innovative programs, increasing student access, and success, engaging underrepresented populations, or dual/concurrent enrollment.

  • Building a diverse workforce: Topics may include employer engagement, work-based learning, apprenticeship, badging, certifications, internships, competency-based education, credit for prior learning, teacher workforce or transition to employment services for students with disabilities, also including teacher prep programs, and paraeducators.

  • Equitable leadership practices: Topics may include leading with equity in mind, leading institutional change, eliminating cultural biases in the workspace or leading equitable environments including anti-racism, and decolonization.

  • Public Policy—Supporting equity and education: Topics may include- local policies proven to close equity gaps; local, state, and/or national collaborations impacting educational equity policy; advocacy strategies; or understanding equity policies in ESSA, IDEA, WIOA, Perkins, TANF, or civil rights laws.

Note to presenters: After last year’s conference, we want to make sure workshops are focusing on more than just the “problem”. Please make sure your workshop is formatted to bring the “problem” to light, provide/work out solutions and time for action planning. We want attendees to be able to understand the problem, be able to walk away with solutions or ideas of where to start and be able to implement action plans into their nonprofits/school buildings.


This conference is designed for educators, workforce development professionals, and advocates dedicated to anti-racism, removing systemic and institutional barriers to equitable opportunity in education and the workforce.

Proposals should be drafted to address the following audiences: K-12/postsecondary educators, career and technical education and workforce development professionals, researchers, administrators, counselors, data specialists, business representatives, and/or nonprofit staff.

To Apply

All submissions must include the following information. All fields below MUST be included. Incomplete submissions will not be considered. The submission deadline is April 3rd, 2020. Selected presenters will have two weeks to accept the invitation.

Presenter Information:

Name, job title, organization, address, city, state, zip, phone, email, brief biography, headshot, and social media links. Please make sure ALL presenters involved include their name, job title, and bios with the proposal!

Because this conference is centered around communities of color we are giving preference to presentations lead by peoples and communities of color to allow their voices to be the forefront of our conference.

Description of Presentation:
– Title of Presentation

Conference strand (listed above)

Type of presentation: research/evaluation, tools, implementation/practice, outreach, other

Population(s) that your presentation will focus on: People of color (Black, Native/Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern, Latinx, and Immigrant/Refugee), Students with Disabilities, Youth, Students in Nontraditional Careers, English Language Learners, Underrepresented Groups in Advance Programs, Students from Low-Income Communities, Specific Ethnic/Racial Population, Students in/Students with Family in the Criminal Justice System, Other

– The Intended audience for your presentation and your expectations about their level of experience with your topic.

– Tracks 101, 201, 301, Please label which track you believe your workshop falls under. Think of these tracks as 101 being beginners to equity work, 201 being people who are in the work, and 301 being a hard-hitting workshop that may take people out of their comfort zone. We want to provide tracks as a way for attendees to go to workshops at the level they feel they are at or would like to be.

– Abstract (max. 500 characters including spaces) that describes your presentation. The abstract will be used for the program guide. EEC reserves the right to edit the abstract.

– Full description (max. 10,000 characters including spaces) of the proposed presentation. Because successful presenters will meet the criteria noted in the ‘proposal tips and guidelines’ section, please include explanations to each in your description.


Identify the day(s) you are available to present. Please make sure you include this information as it is vital for scheduling and our decision process.

Proposal Tips and Guidelines

Workshops are 90 minutes in length. Successful presenters:

  • have firsthand experience with their topic and understand their audience;

  • provide practical-application-focused information;

  • engage participants in an activity or hands-on learning;

  • provide useful handouts for workshop attendees; and

  • present effective strategies focused on one or more special populations or other underrepresented groups.

  • align with the theme of the conference.

  • explain the problem, provide solutions & time for action planning

Audiovisual Needs and Handouts

EEC will provide a projector and screen for the presentation. All other audiovisual needs must be provided by the presenter— including laptops, adapters, speakers, etc. An electronic copy of the presentations must be uploaded to a digital folder prior to the conference.

Registration Information

Up to TWO co-presenters will receive free registration for the conference and must cover all expenses associated with travel to and from the conference, lodging, and meals (other than those provided during the conference).

Presenters who choose to attend the conference only for their session will not be required to pay a registration fee.

Full conference registration includes meals for all three days, including all keynotes, and workshops.

If you have any questions in regards to this RFP please email

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