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EIU Making Excellence Inclusive

Sixth Annual Making Excellence Inclusive Conference

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Friday, October 7, 2022

Eastern Illinois University, Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Grand Ballroom

Register Is Closed

The annual RISE conference provides those who work with students the strategies and tools to support students' academic success. The conference is also designed to raise awareness of the diverse challenges our students face, whether as members of underrepresented groups, as first-generation college students, as non-traditionally aged students, or as students with disabilities. In addition, the conference recognizes the increasing challenges that students face with mental wellness and belongingness. We welcome our K-12 colleagues in an ongoing effort to create spaces where ALL students can thrive with a culturally responsive teaching and leading track

Our Fall 2022 conference will be HYBRID. The keynote address and some individual sessions will be offered in a hybrid meeting format. 

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Artika R. Tyner
Keynote Speech: 7 Strategies to Foster Growth through Hope and Action: An Equity-Minded Approach

Purchase Dr. Tyner's books here.

About Dr. Tyner

Dr. Artika TynerDr. Artika R. Tyner is a passionate educator, author, sought-after speaker, and advocate for justice. Dr. Tyner is a law professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law. She is committed to training students to serve as social engineers who create new inroads to justice and freedom.

Tyner received her B.A. from Hamline University (Major: English; Certificate: Conflict Studies). Due to her passion for advocating for social justice and educational policy reform, she decided to pursue graduate studies at the University of St. Thomas. She began her journey with law school since she recognized that the law is a language of power and therefore she sought to become well versed in the law.

Subsequently, Tyner earned a Master of Public Policy and Leadership in order to gain tools for effecting social change through policy reform efforts. Later, inspired by the legacy of W.E.B. Dubois, she obtained a Doctorate in Leadership. Her doctoral studies provided her with key tools for serving in her community and promoting social justice.

Dr. Tyner is committed to empowering others to lead within their respective spheres of influence. She provides leadership development and career coaching for young professionals. She has also developed leadership educational materials for K-12 students, college/graduate students, faith communities and nonprofits. Additionally, Dr. Tyner teaches leadership coursework on ethics, critical reflection, and organizational development. Her research focuses on diversity/inclusion, community development, and civil rights. She has presented her research and conducted leadership training programs both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Tyner leads by example by organizing policy campaigns, fostering restorative justice practices, developing social entrepreneurship initiatives, and promoting assets-based community development. She serves as a global citizen by supporting education, entrepreneurship, and women’s leadership initiatives in Africa.

Conference Schedule at a Glance (pdf version)

  • 8-8:30 am: Registration and Check-In (Grand Ballroom)
  • 8:30-9 am: Welcome & Keynote Speaker Introduction
  • 9-9:50 am: Keynote - Dr. Artika Tyner
  • 10 am - 4:50 pm: Track Sessions (listed below)
  • Noon - 1 pm: Lunch (Grand Ballroom) & book signing (12:30 Campus Bookstore)
Track 1: Issues in Higher Education
Room: Charleston-Matton
  • 10-10:50 am
    Exploring Diversity at Booth Library
  • 11-11:50 am
    Black like me, is it the Black you, see? Understanding the Intra-racial Inter-cultural Dance and Dismantling the Disconnect to Best Serve Diverse Black Communities
  • 1-1:50 pm
    Embedding Career Development in Curriculum: A Model for DEI Education
  • 2-3:50 pm
    Double Session: (100) The Power of Healing from Educational Trauma: Transformative Experiences in Adult Higher Education Degree Completion Cohort Program
Track 2: Instructional Practices
Room: Arcola-Tuscola
  • 10-10:50 am
    Conversations with the Keynote Speaker:  Fostering Growth Through Hope and Action
  • 11-11:50 pm:
    Session Cancelled
  • 1-1:50 pm:
    Culturally Responsive Teaching: Inclusive, Engaging, and Effective Instructional Strategies
  • 2-2:50 pm:
    Session Cancelled
  • 3-3:50 pm:
    Advocacy from the Start: Understanding Inclusion
Track 3: Self-Care, Awareness and Student Support
Room: Greenup
  • 10-11:50 am:
    Session Cancelled
  • 1-1:50 pm:
    The Connections Center at Marion Technical College: Addressing Students' Non-Cognitive (Academic) Needs
  • 2-2:50 pm:
    Rising Together Through Freshman Connection
  • 3-4:50 pm:
    Double Session: (100) Redefining Wellness and Self-Care for Students from Diverse Backgrounds
Track 4: Accessibility & Inclusivity
Room: Casey
  • 10-10:50 am:
    Beyond Outdated Magazines and Motivational Posters: How to Make Offices Safer and More Accessible
  • 11-11:50 am:
    Intersectionality and Disability
  • 1-1:50 pm:
    Disability in Chicagoland: An Undergraduate General Education Course
  • 2-2:50 pm:
    The Transgender Population: Expanding Access to Services
  • 3-4:50 pm:
    Double Session: (100) Creating Inclusive Classrooms: Demanding Excellence in Pedagogical Practices with Universal Design
Track 5: Culturally Responsvie Teaching and Leading (K-12)
Room: Oakland
  • 10-10:50 am:
    Panel discussion- Celebrations and Struggles! Implementing CRTL in classrooms, schools, and communities.
  • 11-11:50 am:
    The Gems of Multicultural Children's Literature
  • 1-1:50 pm:
    Rising Together Through the BIONIC Program
  • 2-2:50 pm:
    Supporting and Including LGBTQIA students and leaders in the curriculum
  • 3-3:50 pm:
    There's a Million Things We Haven't Done, But Just You Wait: Giving Voices to those Silenced throughout American History While Confronting Resistance to an Anti-Racist, Inclusive Curriculum
  • 4-4:50 pm:
  • #TeachLivingPoets
Track 6: (Virtual Only) Emotional and Mental Health
No Physical Room
  • 10-10:50 am:
    Coping in the Aftermath of COVID 19 Pandemic: How to Navigate Mental and Emotional Challenges
  • 11-11:50 am:
    Empowering Mothers to Pursue their Educational Dreams: Considering the Challenges Faced by Mothers Going Back to College
  • 1-1:50 pm:
    Black Females, Invisibility, and College Campuses: Disenfranchised and Mental Wellness
  • 2-2:50 pm:
    Implications of safe sex in marginalized older adults; how to engage in sex mental health dialogues with your clients
  • 3-4:50 pm:
    Kink and Consensual Non-Monogamy: Understanding Diverse Relationship Dynamics

View RISE 2022 Detailed Conference Program Here

Parking & Accomodations


You may park in any designated student or staff parking spot. Tickets will not be issued on that day. 

Local Accomodations

Call for Proposals

2022 Call for Proposals
Submit proposals here by Friday, July 15, 2022.

We welcome presentations on issues concerning inclusion, diversity, equity, trauma-informed methods, social justice, belongingness, the impacts of the pandemic on all aspects of education, the intersectionality of any of the aforementioned, and other topics that pertain to the theme.

We also welcome presentations that engage with Illinois’ new Culturally Responsive Teaching standards.

Sessions will be in-person or virtual (presented synchronously); presentations may be live or pre-recorded with live Q&A/discussion at the end.

Proposals must include:

  • Names/titles/departments/institutional affiliations, contact information for each presenter
  • Session/presentation/workshop title
  • Preferred delivery (in-person or virtual)
  • Preferred session length (50 or 100 minutes with break)
  • 125-word abstract
  • 300-word description, including target audience, learning objectives/outcomes, relevance to conference theme
  • 125-word bio statement for each presenter

Proposals will be peer reviewed and decisions will be made no later than Friday, August 26, 2022.

We anticipate conference registration opening a few weeks before the conference date. 

Final version of online presentations will be submitted for uploading by Thursday, September 22, 2022. 

Questions? Email us at

Read about the keynote speaker, Dr. Artika R. Tyner. 

Past Conferences:

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Contact Information

Making Excellence Inclusive

College of Arts & Humanities
600 Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920

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