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Call for Proposals

Proposals are now being accepted for the 2022 University of Michigan Depression on College Campuses Conference, which will take place March 9-10, 2022 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. You are invited to submit proposals for workshops, concurrent sessions, and poster displays relating to the conference theme of “Acknowledge, Reflect, Reimagine.” Conference will be in-person, with potential virtual accommodations (see application).

The 2022 Depression on College Campuses Conference will explore the regeneration of the work of mental health and wellbeing on college campuses after COVID-19. With the onset and prolonged pandemic, colleges and universities were forced to make enormous adjustments to the way they provided academic and health services. The conference aims to examine the lessons learned from conceptual framework and concrete changes related to virtual and hybrid learning models and consider how we can be reactive in the short-term alongside some of more long-standing changes to the ways we think about and support student wellness in a holistic and equitable way.

To this end, we are looking for presentations on model programs, policies, and research studies that highlight best practices for supporting college student mental health post-pandemic, innovative strategies for service delivery, the quality and equity of hybrid models, and how institutions can take the learnings of the past year to make optimal changes to the campus environment to be more inclusive and equitable for everyone

Each year the Depression on College Campuses Conference hosts attendees from over 50 colleges and universities from across the nation for a focused review of recent research and practical advances in our understanding of depressive illnesses in college students. A Conference Planning Committee, co-chaired by Drs. Srijan Sen and Todd Sevig, and including members from across the University of Michigan campus, will review and select all workshop, concurrent session, and poster display proposals. The submission deadline is September 27, 2021.

Conference Learning Objectives

Depression among college students is an urgent public health problem. If we are to prevent the progression, chronicity, recurrence, and burden of depression, we must emphasize earlier detection, intervention, and ultimately, prevention.

Learning objectives and expected results for the conference participants are an improved understanding of and ability to implement:

  • Best practices and model programs to meet the unique needs of college students as they return to campus post-pandemic;
  • Research which demonstrates the impact of the pandemic and re-entry on college student mental health;
  • Hybrid models to reach students in an inclusive and equitable way;
  • Strategies for moving lessons learned from the 2020 academic year to long-term change;

Audience

The conference attracts a multi-disciplinary audience of professionals working on college campuses, including:

  • Academic Advisors
  • Counselors and Counseling Center Directors
  • Faculty
  • Health Educators
  • Parents
  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • Student Affairs administrators and staff
  • Students

Presentation Formats

Please review these descriptions to determine the format that best matches the content and scope of the material you would like to present. Proposals will be evaluated based on specific criteria, including relevancy to theme and expertise of presenters.

Workshop

A three-hour workshop provides an opportunity to explore a given topic on a deeper level, or from multiple perspectives. These workshops must be interactive, engaging the attendees in facilitated group discussion and/or skill-building exercises to improve their knowledge and understanding of the given topic. Workshops may have multiple presenters, including individuals from different institutions, in order to provide a range of perspectives and expertise.

Workshops will take place in the afternoon on Wednesday, March 9 (tentatively from 2:15-5:15 p.m.).

Mini-Workshop

Mini-workshops are 90-minute sessions, which give speakers and participants more time to delve into a given topic than is offered during a concurrent session, but are less intense than the three-hour workshops in terms of participant interaction and depth/breadth of content presented.

Mini-workshops will take place in the afternoon of Wednesday March 9 (tentatively between 2:15-5:15 p.m.).

Concurrent Session

Concurrent sessions are 75-minute sessions that provide an opportunity to introduce a model program, evidence-based practice, or research study relating to the conference theme. The presentations should be no longer than 60 minutes, as 15 minutes MUST be left at the end of the session for Q & A and discussion with attendees.

Concurrent Sessions will take place in the morning (approximately 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.) or afternoon (approximately 1:30-2:45 p.m.) on Thursday, March 10.

Poster Session

You are invited to create a poster about a research study or model program at your university which relates to the conference theme, “Acknowledge, Reflect, Reimagine.” Each presenter will have an easel and 30 x 40 poster board for mounting their poster.

Posters will be presented during a networking forum and reception to be held from 5:15-6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, March 9.

Proposal Submission

Please use this online form to submit a summary of your proposed workshop, concurrent session, or poster in 300 words or less. Your proposal summary must contain clearly defined learning objectives, an overview of the presentation content and format, intended audience, and a list of all speakers.

In addition, if you are proposing a workshop or concurrent session, please submit a separate brief description of your session (including session title) in 150 words or less. This description will be included in the conference program if your proposal is selected.

If you have more than one presenter, the lead presenter should submit the proposal on behalf of the entire group.

All selected speakers will receive free conference registration. Speakers are responsible for their airfare, hotel, and ground transportation expenses.

Please note that we will need copies of all handouts and slides three weeks in advance of the conference, to allow enough time to print copies for attendees who request a hard copy of the materials.

If you have any questions regarding proposal submission, or about the conference, contact Stephanie Salazar at sawaters@umich.edu.

The deadline for proposal submission is September 27, 2021. Selected presenters will be notified by October 22, 2021.