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October 12th & 13th, 2018

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The SUNY Pride Conference Committee cordially invites students, community members, resource professionals, junior and senior faculty, and administrators to submit proposals for our upcoming conference theme, Pride Without Borders: Sharing Our Stories Beyond the Rainbow. This conference is meant to highlight and celebrate LGBTQIA+ experiences through fostered dialogue across academic and/or practical experiences, disciplinary foci, and institutional perspectives, as well as provide support and resources to those that attend. Today’s students entering college come with new attitudes and understandings around gender and sexuality. Despite the progress made in different areas of policy, education, and pop culture, there’s still a lot of work to be done in order to give the best support and education to students in a nation full of uncertainty. To this effect, this year’s theme serves to provide an avenue for different voices to be heard and allow for greater representation of individuals who are so often silenced.

SUNY Pride Learning Outcomes

Conference participants will be able to:

  • Identify multiple aspects of diversity, including the ongoing development of identity and creating an inclusive community.
  • Explore and analyze current trends and issues that LGBTQIA+ college students face.
  • Create a network of student leaders and professionals.
  • Explore impactful approaches to diversity, inclusion, and wellness through a local and global lens.

The SUNY Pride Conference Committee is excited to announce an addition to our presentations this year: a Professional Track, where current professionals and educators that work with and serve the LGBTQIA+ community (e.g. teachers [K-12], professors, administrators, staff members, counselors, community leaders, advisors, etc.) can share research, trends, and best practices for supporting students in the community and beyond. Please note on the submission form if you would like your presentation to count towards the Professional Track. Students will not be able to attend presentations/workshops in the Professional Track.

Students presenters should seek guidance from a faculty or staff member at their home institution. The faculty or staff member should mentor the students through the process of writing the conference proposal, organizing a presentation on a specific theme, and presenting their scholarship to an audience.

Below are some areas of potential interest that fit in this year’s theme and learning outcomes:

  • Invisibility of LGBTQIA+ Identities
  • Legacy of Intersectionality and/or Globalization
  • Marginalization and Resilience
  • Implications of Public Policy for LGBTQIA+ Communities
  • Heteronormativity/Homonormativity
  • LGBTQIA+ Transnational and Translocal Activism
  • Post-Colonial and De-Colonial Narratives
  • LGBTQIA+ Mental Health and Wellness
  • Global LGBTQIA+ Experiences
  • Political Climate and Impacts
  • Social Justice Movements
  • Allyship and Intervention
  • Acts of Resistance and Healing
  • Embodied Research and Teaching
  • Cultural Queerness
  • Non-normative Genders and Sexualities
  • Violence against LGBTQIA+ Bodies

To submit a proposal, please complete the form here. Submissions are due by Monday, September 17, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST

**All approved presenters will be charged the Early Registration fee. Please wait to register until you've been contacted upon approval of your proposal submission.

Doctor Jon Paul Higgins

Dr. Jon Paul Higgins is a speaker, writer and social justice defender. They are both a Lambda Literary and Maynard 200 fellow and write regularly for Presence.IO. Their work has been included on web platforms including The Root, Blavity, INTO, Efniks, Talkspace, Bitch Media and them. They continue to lecture all over the country on topics related to intersectionality, race, gender and sexuality.

Dr. Higgins was born in Los Angeles, California and graduated from California State University, San Bernardino with a Bachelors of Arts in Communication Studies and a minor in Women’s Studies. They also hold a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands and were inducted into the Whitehead Leadership Society. Dr. Higgins completed their Educational Doctorate of Leadership in Justice from the University of Redlands where they wrote their dissertation on the first year experiences of queer men of color in higher education. 



More information will be coming soon, so please check back throughout the summer for updates! Updates will include registration details, lodging information, Keynote announcements, CEU information, and more. If you have any questions, please contact Emily Phelps, Chair of the SUNY Pride Conference Committee, at


Early Bird Rates from 8/20 thru 9/21

Late Fee Rates from 9/22 thru 10/5

SUNY Oneonta:

  • Students: $5, $15 (Late)
  • Employees: $20, $30 (Late)
  • Dragon Dollars will be accepted @ Hunt Union Info Desk!

Non-SUNY Oneonta:

  • Students: $25, $35 (Late)
  • Employees/General Public: $50, $60 (Late)

Presenters will be charged the Early Bird rate upon approval of proposal submissions.


Clarion Hotel

  • Tel: 607-432-7500
  • Website
  • Ask for SUNY Pride rate of $91 per night (rooms available until 9/28)

Hampton Inn at Oneonta

  • Tel: 607-433-9000
  • Website
  • Ask for SUNY Pride rate of $91 per night (rooms available until 9/28)