Five Fast Tips for Enhancing Your Conference Proposal

By CSU Student Success Network Staff
May 2021

The CSU Student Success Network is a few weeks away from our June 4 deadline for conference proposals and we’ve received some exciting submissions so far! For those of you who are still working on your submission, here are five fast tips to enhance your proposal:

  • Make a strong connection to the conference theme. This conference is an opportunity to craft a collective vision for equity in the CSU. How does your presentation topic contribute to or advance a vision?
  • Highlight the impact of your work on the advancement of equity on your campus. What are the results of your work? How did your work improve equity and what evidence do you have to demonstrate that? If the impact has not yet been measured, how can you tell that it is working?
  • Don’t be afraid to address what didn’t work! There is pedagogical value in sharing the mistakes and failures along with our successes. Give us the full picture!
  • Choose the format that best suits your presentation. 30-minute demonstrations showcase a process or tool, describing its implementation, its basic functions, and the results. No more than two or three presenters are required. 60-minute panels are designed for lengthier conversations, such as sharing research, bringing together multiple voices and perspectives, or explaining the creation and implementation of a new program, and may involve up to five or six presenters.
  • Be clear about how you are including student voice. We highly encourage you to include students as presenters, but if that is not possible, consider audio or video recordings or direct quotes from students. Your proposal should contain a clear plan for how you anticipate highlighting student voice.

If you have any questions about the conference theme or submission process, please don’t hesitate to contact Conference Director Dr. Larissa Mercado-Lopez at We look forward to hearing from you!

The CSU Student Success Network is facilitated by the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at Sacramento State University. For more information, email or visit the EdInsights and Sacramento State websites.