Now Accepting Take Root Speaker Proposals!

Proposals for the 2016 Take Root: Red State Perspectives on Reproductive Justice Conference should

  • address how presenters will connect to reproductive rights and justice in red states
  • include concrete take-aways and/or action items
  • be specific in their focus and what they uniquely contribute to Take Root
  • be engaging and dynamic

Proposals may also describe how the presenters became and are currently involved with the issues discussed. Your intended presentation should strive to be accessible to a diverse audience of both emerging leaders and long-time activists. Biographical and contact information are required for all presenters. Please be sure to fill out all of the required information, as incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Proposals are due September 15, 2015. Please note you CANNOT save throughout the submission forms. Please prepare all of your answers ahead of time before you begin your submission. Each proposal must include biographical and contact information for each of the presenters.

You can see what information is required for the proposals here.

We accept four different types of proposals. Below are the basic descriptions of the different proposals:

Individual presentation proposal: An individual proposal describes your focused idea as it relates to key themes of the conference. Two themes from the included list must be identified. Individual presentations will be grouped (by the conference organizers) into a panel that consists of other individual presentations that share intersecting issues. An individual presentation is typically 15-20 minutes in length, depending on the size of the panel. For example, in a panel of 3, your presentation should not go over 20 minutes. There will be time at the end for a 25-30 minute Q&A.

Submit your individual presentation proposal!

Panel presentation proposals: Panel presentation proposals indicate 3 or 4 presenters whose work is clearly connected and organized in a way that presents cohesive ideas. A lead panelist, who will be the main contact person for our correspondence, puts the panel together and submits the proposal. Proposals also identify two key conference themes. Your panel will have a total of 90 minutes reserving 25-30 minutes for the Q&A. Panels must have no fewer than 3 and no more than 6 presenters.

Submit your panel presentation proposal!

Workshop proposal: Workshop proposals indicate the number of people leading the workshop. Individually led workshops are acceptable. Workshops will have a total of 90 minutes and are expected to be interactive. Similar to the panel presentations, the lead organizer who submits the proposal will be the contact person for our correspondence, and two key themes must be identified. Workshops take many formats – from know-your-rights sessions, to media trainings, to arts or performance workshops, to organizing strategy sessions. They may also function as strategic action sessions focused on discussing specific activist experiences and strategies. Workshops may have 1 to 4 facilitators.

Submit your workshop proposal!

Poster session proposal: Poster proposals indicate the individual or group whose work is organized in a visual format suitable for the poster session. The presenters are expected to be in attendance to discuss their projects for the duration of the poster session. Please indicate the top two related themes that correlate to your intended presented work.

Submit your poster proposal!

If you would like to participate in the conference in other ways – by framing and moderating a panel; facilitating a caucus space; sharing arts, performance, or media-making skills; or blogging about the conference, please email Please let us know about the community-building skills you have to share!


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