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2020 Gender & Equity Research Symposium:
Amplifying the Value of Lived Experience in Scholarship

The Gender & Equity Research Symposium was created to spotlight research that promotes a more equitable and justice-oriented society. The symposium 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.” We encourage submissions for multidisciplinary work that centers on gender, equity, and marginalized communities.

This year the Gender & Equity Research Symposium will focus on our NC State Common Read, Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Centering the themes found in Born a Crime we are interrogating issues such as language, race, colorism, hunger, food systems, multiple forms of violence, criminalization, homelessness, mental and emotional health, intimate and familial relationships, policy, and the telling of Black stories to name a few.

GERS is open to all students, staff, and faculty at NC State and surrounding college and university communities as well as social justice organizations. We invite community members to submit research proposals, to lead scholarly paper talks, moderate panels, and come to engage in interdisciplinary research that centers gender and equity towards a more just society.


Poster and oral proposals should include an abstract of no more than 200 words and a proposal of no more than 1000 words. Student round table presentations only require an abstract and not a full proposal.

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. Data collection is not a requirement.

Proposals are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2020. Proposal applicants will be informed of their presentation status by February 27, 2020. 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.

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.
  • All posters should be formatted to 36×48 and will be printed by the Women’s Center if accepted by the deadline.
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.

Important Dates

2020 Symposium Date – April 9, 2020
Piedmont Mountains Ballroom
3rd Floor Prefunction

Proposal Deadlines

Proposals due January 31
Presenters will be notified by February 27
Presenters must accept or decline their invitation by March 20


9:00 AM | Opening Session: Scholarly Paper Talks
9:50 AM | Fishbowl: Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood Interdisciplinary Book Discussion
11:00 AM | Multi-Session Block: Poster Viewing Session, IRB Ethics Talk, Research Methods Talk
12:00 PM | Keynote Luncheon
1:30 PM | Multi-Session Block: Poster Viewing Session, IRB Ethics Talk, Research Methods Talk
2:30 PM | WomenNC CSW Scholars Presentations
3:30 PM | Multi-Session Block: Student Roundtable Presentation, Oral Presentations
5:00 PM | Grassroots Policy Development


Hashtags of the day: #GERS20 #Amplify

Hosted by the NC State University Women’s Center with support from our campus partners in The Study Abroad Office, NCSU Libraries, Women and Gender Studies, The Women of Welch Living and Learning Village, and the Department of Biological Sciences.


If you are attending the Gender & Equity Research Symposium from off campus you will need to pay for parking.

Visitors to Talley Student Union may park in the hourly pay lot on the lower level of the Coliseum Parking Deck. The lot entrance is on Dunn Avenue across from the bus stop. Please see below for a campus parking map.



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.