Preparing a Session Submission
As you prepare your submission, ensure your session proposal:
- Will fill a knowledge gap and/or provides information needed by colleagues
- Answers a question or offers a solution to a problem
- Is succinct, uses proper grammar and spelling, minimizes jargon, and uses concrete/specific language
- Identifies core competencies, learning outcomes, and all other questions posed in the submission form
- Reflects a session you can commit to creating and presenting
Additionally, you must comply with all the the eligibility requirements and language policies listed below.
Every presenter at the ACUI annual conference must be registered for
the conference or the ACUI Expo. Additionally, all presenters must meet
at least one of the following qualifications:
- All individual members in good standing, employees or students at
an institutional member in good standing, and union veterans are
eligible to present educational sessions at the annual conference.
- ACUI nonmembers representing not-for-profit organizations are
eligible to present educational sessions. Nonmembers are encouraged to
present with ACUI members whenever possible.
- Every corporate presenter at the ACUI annual conference must be an
associate member in good standing and have a booth in the ACUI Expo. If
the session does not include a co-presenter from a member institution, a
conference sponsorship at a minimum level of $5,000 is required.
In keeping with the spirit and letter of the ACUI Inclusive Language
Policy, we ask that all presenters at ACUI conferences be mindful
that our audiences include students and professionals from all types of
campuses and educational institutions, as well as corporate and
nonprofit members and partners. Every effort is expected of presenters
and speakers to include appropriate language, material, and examples for
the Association’s target audience and membership.
- Students should be referred to as adults, not as "kids," "boys," or "girls."
- Try to use gender-neutral language such as "people" or "they" and be
wary of gendered terms such as "guys," "spokesman," "manning the
- Avoid ableist language such as "as you can see," "crippled by," or "crazy."
- Consider whether a view is U.S.-centric; even seasonal references are different for members in the Southern Hemisphere.