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The NC State Women’s Center Gender & Equity Research Symposium was created to spotlight research that promote a more equitable and justice oriented society. The symposium, an initiative of the Women’s Center, bridges the interdisciplinary nature of gender and equity work at NC State University by putting social justice and equity research into action and at the forefront of how we “think and do.”


All NC State faculty, staff, and students as well as surrounding college and university communities are invited to submit a proposal. Submissions may address gender, intersectional identity, and/or equity in research. Examples of research include race, gender, class, ableism, and orientation, as well as the use of critical and feminist theories. Scholars from all disciplines are encouraged to submit a proposal. Research does not have to be completed by the time of presentation, however you should note if you have not yet carried out research/collected data.

Proposals should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and a proposal of no more than 1000 words. Please be sure to complete each step of the proposal form or your proposal will be disqualified. Proposals should address and show an awareness of existing literature on the topic and give proper citations when appropriate. It is not necessary for researchers to have collected data or have carried out research to present their research at the Gender & Equity Research Symposium.

Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, February 18, 2018. Proposal applicants will be informed of their presentation status by Monday, March 6th. The Women’s Center will contact the first author regarding acceptance. The first author will be responsible for passing along pertinent information to any co-authors, including deadlines, acceptance decisions, and logistics information about the poster session. The first author should list anyone involved in the research for publication in the program brochure.

Participants are encouraged to submit a proposal for the following:

Poster Presentation
  • Poster presentations should highlight research that focuses on equity. Academic posters should include purpose, question, literature review, research design, and if applicable, data.
  • Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to submit a poster presentation.
Oral Presentation
  • Oral Presentations can be about your research, your work, or your community
  • Visual presentations like PechaKucha are encouraged
  • Accepted presentations will be grouped by topic to form a session
  • Each Oral Presentation will be 10 minutes in length with additional time allowed for questions from the audience
  • Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to submit a poster presentation.
Round Table Presentation
  • Roundtable presentations are for student scholars only.
  • Students will have the opportunity to present an academic paper for 5 minutes in a roundtable format and receive 5 minutes of question and answer.
  • Academic papers may include basic/applied research and should include a review of the literature.
Working Group
  • Working Groups can be used to solve a problem, solicit feedback or develop a network of people with similar interests.
  • Working Groups allow 6-12 people to explore a shared concern without an audience.
  • Additional participants will be able to sign up for Working Groups before and during the symposium.
  • Led by Faculty, Staff, Community Members, and/or Graduate Professional Students


Alyssa N. Rockenbach is Professor of Higher Education in the Department of Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development at North Carolina State University. She is an interdisciplinary scholar with an interest in the effects of college environments and experiences on student learning; religious and worldview diversity issues in higher education; intergroup dynamics, cooperation, and attitudes; young adult psychosocial development; and equity issues in education and society. Her research projects, supported by more than $14.5 million in grants and contracts, have examined students’ religious and spiritual development during college, the effects of campus diversity climates on student outcomes, and campus equity issues for women and LGBTQ students. In addition, she is co-Principal Investigator of a five-year national study, The Interfaith Diversity Experiences and Attitudes Longitudinal Survey (IDEALS), which explores how educational experiences affect college students’ capacity to engage and cooperate with people of diverse worldviews.

Dr. Rockenbach has authored or co-authored more than 80 publications, including peer- reviewed articles, books and book chapters, reports and monographs, and other scholarly works, and she has delivered more than ninety refereed and invited presentations at national conferences and other professional gatherings. Her work has also been featured in media outlets such as The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, Huffington Post, and The Christian Science Monitor. She is co-author of the 2016 book, How College Affects Students: 21 st Century Evidence that Higher Education Works, a synthesis of over 1,800 research studies of college impact conducted from 2002 to 2013, and she co-edited the 2012 volume, Spirituality in College Students’ Lives: Translating Research Into Practice.

Dr. Rockenbach serves on five editorial boards, including the boards of Research in Higher Education and Journal of Higher Education, and has been honored with numerous awards, including the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) Commission for Spirituality, Faith, Religion, and Meaning Outstanding Research Award and the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Religion & Education SIG Emerging Scholar Award. She was named a University Faculty Scholar and an Alumni Association Distinguished Graduate Professor at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Rockenbach advises master’s and doctoral students, and is a student-centered teacher with expertise in teaching quantitative and qualitative research methods; diversity and social justice issues in education and society; and college student learning and psychosocial development. She received her B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach and her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from the University of California, Los Angeles.


April 2, 2018
Piedmont Mountains Ballroom
3rd Floor Prefunction

Proposals due February 19th
Presenters will be notified by March 6th

Hosted by the NC State University Women’s Center



In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact Angela Gay at 919.513.0929.