April 18, 2022

Call for Presenters: Cal Caucus 2022

The California Caucus of College and University Ombuds is seeking speaker proposals for its annual in-person meeting 2022. The signature caucus is set for November 6 through 9 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds. (Of course all plans are contingent on the course of the Covid pandemic.) Proposals are due by May 1, 2022.

Here's the full announcement:
Request for Proposals
Deadline: Sunday, May 1, 2022
1. Date
The 2022 California Caucus of College and University Ombuds will be held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds on November 6-9, 2022.
2. Theme
The Program Selection Committee is soliciting session proposals inspired by the theme, “Lessons from Tidal Pools.”

A defining characteristic of Asilomar is its tidal pools. They are subject to constant change yet thrive. What can ombuds learn from these diverse and lively communities? Recent challenges have required ombuds to be adaptive and creative in our response. As ombuds, how do we build strong, diverse, and resilient work environments? How do we strengthen our individual ombuds role and create a thriving ombuds community?
3. Selection Criteria
A. General Criteria:
The Program Selection Committee strives to develop a rich and diverse program with a lively mix of programs that are coherent with this year’s theme. The goal is to create a program that achieves a natural and productive pace with a seamless and comfortable content arc and program flow. The committee seeks programs that will complement and build on one another with a rich variety of topics, mixed duration, and varied presentation approaches and styles. The committee is particularly interested in original proposals that creatively utilize Asilomar’s intimate in-person setting and foster deep conversations, community connection, and participant engagement.

B. Specific Selection Criteria
The Program Selection Committee evaluates proposals based on general and specific criteria and welcomes program sessions of various durations that:
  • Feature novel topics;
  • Utilize creative presentation styles or approaches;
  • Encourage participant engagement and interaction;
  • Align with the program’s theme;
  • Include Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging;
  • Provide education, skill-building, and practical take-aways;
  • Share different and innovative approaches to ombuds practice;
  • Demonstrate knowledge and expertise with the topic.
4. RFP Submission
Please use this Google Form to submit your proposal by Sunday, May 1, 2022. If you have any difficulties using the form, please contact cccuo1973[at]gmail.com for assistance.  View ideas for a variety of presentation formats on the website.
Questions and Additional Information
If you have any questions about Cal Caucus or about your program proposal, please contact:
Joan Waters                                               Chanelle Reese
Cal Caucus President                                   Program Committee member
Columbia University                                    University of California, Merced
jcw2199@columbia.edu                              cresse4@ucmerced.edu

Thank you for considering a proposal submission and we look forward to your participation at the 49th Cal Caucus! (Cal Caucus Submission Guidelines.) 

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