Request for Proposals

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 May 31th, 2021, for its second annual DECOLONIZING EDUCATION CONFERENCE and you are invited to submit to present. 

The conference takes place on November 3rd – 5th, 2021, at the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, 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.

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

  • Best practices for equitable learning environmentsTopics may include racial equity, gender equity, cultural competence, 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 our previous 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 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 30th, 2021. Selected presenters will have two weeks to accept the invitation. All proposals should be submitted to

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!

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

– 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