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2022 Engagement and Outreach Conference

UT’s Office of Community Engagement and Outreach (OCEO) seeks proposals for its 5th Annual Engagement and Outreach Conference, “Community Engagement: Strategies, Solutions, and Impacts.” This hybrid conference will be held October 3-5, 2022 at the UT Student Union. A limited number of presentations will be available virtually.

The 5th Annual Engagement and Outreach Conference will provide a platform for intentional conversations about the many ways that UT’s community engagement impacts communities across the city, region, state, and globe. The conference will highlight the positive impacts of engaged work and provide strategies and solutions for sustainable partnerships. Proposals will be considered on any topic clearly connected to the advancement of community engagement and outreach, both curricular and co-curricular. Special consideration will be given to proposals in the following categories: education; families; health and wellness; business and entrepreneurship; community and economic development; sustainability; and environmental justice.



Proposals may be submitted in any of the following in-person formats:

*Symposium Presentation – 20 minutes

A symposium combines two or three individual presentations grouped around a common focus area or closely related topic. Each individual presentation in a symposium will be allotted 20 minutes, with at least 5 of those minutes dedicated to active discussion with the audience. Unless otherwise noted in the proposal, the program committee will group individual presentations into a symposium.

Interactive Workshop – 60 minutes

Workshops are designed with an intentional focus on skill and knowledge development. Presenters should plan to share information about a particular body of knowledge, evidence-based practice, engaged teaching or research techniques, assessment or research results, or methodologies. Active discussion between audience and presenter(s) should be encouraged throughout the session. Workshops will be scheduled for 60 minutes total, composed of 40 minutes of active discussion and 20 minutes of interactive questions and answers with the audience.

Roundtables – 60 minutes

Roundtables are designed to be highly interactive sessions focused on a common theme or interest area. The presenter(s) should begin the Roundtable session with a brief presentation of the results of a research study, or a rich description of a translational, educational, service-learning, clinical, or other program of engaged scholarship or evidence-based practice. The presenter(s) should then facilitate an engaging conversation with participants to answer questions, share ideas, and discuss best practices or innovative approaches. Roundtables are scheduled for 60 minutes.

*Panels – 60 minutes

Panels are designed to exchange information about a particular body of knowledge, evidence-based practice, engaged teaching technique, assessment or research instrument, or methodology. Panels include a target of three or four panelists and feature active discussions and conversation from various perspectives about a topic. Panels will be scheduled for 60 minutes, composed of 40 minutes of active panel discussion and 20 minutes of interactive questions and answers with the audience. These proposals should identify all panelists, as well as a moderator for the panel discussion.

*Special consideration will be given to those proposals who include a community member or student as a co-presenter.


A limited amount of virtual presentations will be available for an online audience. Presenters will be asked to indicate in their proposal whether they intend to present in-person (100% on-site) or virtually (100% online). The following presentation formats are available in the virtual track:

  • Symposium Presentation – 20 minutes
  • Interactive Workshop – 60 minutes
  • Panels – 60 minutes


All presenters of accepted proposals will be expected to register for the on-site conference, unless accepted as a virtual track-only presentation. Interactive workshop presenters will be asked to describe the activities and/or techniques that will be used to create an engaging presentation in the proposal submission.