Fifteenth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities, and Nations
Affirming Diversity for Social and Educational Justice'
The University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong SAR, China
15-17 July 2015
In addition to the special conference focus, the conference will address a range of critically important issues and themes relating to the Diversity community. Plenary speakers include some of the leading thinkers in these areas, as well as numerous paper, colloquium and workshop presentations.
We are inviting proposals for paper presentations, workshops/interactive sessions, posters/exhibits, or colloquia (See Proposal Types) addressing Diversity through one of the following themes:
- Identity and Belonging
- Organizational Diversity
- Education and Learning in a World of Differences
- Community Diversity and Governance
- Special Focus for 2015: Affirming Diversity for Social and Educational Justice
Proposal ideas that extend beyond these thematic areas will also be considered. For more information about the ideas and themes underlying this community, see Our Focus.
We also offer participation options for those individuals who cannot attend the conference. Authors who wish to submit an article for potential publication in the Diversity Collection may submit a Proposal for Article Submission, while all members of the knowledge community with an accepted proposal may submit an online presentation to the knowledge community YouTube channel.
Special Conference Focus: Affirming Diversity for Social and Educational Justice
Modern diasporic movements of populations both across and within countries impact upon social diversity at multiple levels of scale. Responses to social change due to difference, whether related to culture, language, gender, race/ethnicity, class, ability, or sexual orientation can be conservative and at times detrimentally reactionary in nature. This conference focus, whilst acknowledging the challenges of diversity to local communities, seeks to disrupt discourses and narratives that can be seen to enable or accept inequity, and examine the potential benefits of diversity to all members of society. This conference focus thus explores the various ways global issues impact upon local contexts. Questions addressed will include:
- How can changes to a country’s demographic profile as a result of global population movements be viewed as adding value to a society’s social and cultural resources?
- How can the inclusion of diverse learners enhance the learning of all across educational contexts?
- How can inclusive leadership for marginalized groups enhance organizational capacity-building?
The 2015 meeting will feature a special focus on this thought-provoking subject. We welcome open debate, discourse and research from participants that center on this special topic, as well as any other themes or issues relevant to diversity.