Proposal Submission Guidelines

Our Priorities: Participation and Practice

Please be sure your workshop incorporates each of the following components:

  • Participant-Centered Training
  • “Real World” Practice
  • Best Practice Knowledge for Implementation


Selected proposals will be those that best engage conference participants in learning and skills building.
The three core principles are described below.


  1. Participant-Centered:  trainings that engage trainees in every step of the process, utilizing experiential and participatory learning techniques wherever possible (as opposed to dry lectures or non-participatory panel presentations)
  2. “Real-World” Practice:  after learning a skill, participants will be given an opportunity to practice the skill. Real world practice makes it much more likely that participants will utilize the skill when they get back home
  3. Implementation:  workshops should address how to use the information to effect policy change on the ground

Topic Areas

The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit would like to cover the topics listed below, but if you have additional ideas for a concurrent session, please feel free to submit a proposal explaining the relevance of your suggested topic area.


Residence Halls – Issues/Concerns/Solutions in housing

Transgender 101

Addressing issues in Independent School Districts

Parent and Ally Advocacy

Restrooms and Locker-rooms

Health Services – Barriers/Obstacles towards healthcare equity

Inclusive Language in Educational Written Policies

Transitioning on the Job

Current Transgender Legal Issues and Rulings

Best Practices for Supporting Transgender Faculty, Staff, and Students

Best Practices to Educate the Broad Academic Community about Transgender Issues

Negotiating Strategies

How to Handle Opposition Groups on Campuses


60 Minute Sessions

Each proposal should be a prepared presentation or training with stated and specific learning objectives. These are teaching/learning sessions in which attendees gain useful information, advice, and technical assistance about a specific topic.

Presenter Responsibilities

If you submit a proposal, you are the “session contact.” Session contacts serve as the communication link between the summit organizing staff and the other presenters in your session. Session contacts must advise conference staff of any changes in the presenter line-up. Registration fees are waived for all presenters of the accepted workshop.

The TTNS expects that all scheduled sessions will be presented as described in your proposal and listed in the program book. Future proposals will be judged in part on whether a scheduled session is presented as described.

Each meeting room will be equipped with a white board and markers and LCD projector and screen.  It is preferred that presenters bring their own laptop, but one will be provided if this is not possible. Presenters are encouraged to provide attendees with relevant supporting materials, such as fact sheets, articles, and guides. Presenters should provide the TTNS staff with copies of handouts to be copied onto a USB Drive. These USB Drives will be given to all attendees for purposes of providing them with resource and supporting information. Presenters are responsible for any copying costs incurred.

Proposal Review

All proposals will be reviewed by a team of TTNS staff and outside experts in the topic area being proposed. Considerations for selection include relevance of the proposed session to the values and principles stated in this document, especially the priorities of participation and practice; depth of content; presenter qualifications/experience with the topic; overall strength of the submission; and proposals that reflect the our organization’s commitment to race/gender/class/age/disability/gender identity or expression/sexual orientation representation. The committee will not review proposals for sessions that primarily promote or sell commercial products, or to promote or sell the work product of an individual presenter. The committee will prioritize proposed sessions that include and reflect the perspectives, needs and priorities of our multi-racial, multi-gender, multi-abled, and multi-aged communities and movement. The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit reserves the right to decline to review proposals received after the posted deadline date.

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The Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.