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NAME 30th Annual International Conference
(this is our 1st Dual-Platform Conference)

Montgomery, Alabama — October, 2020

NAME is working hard, planning our 30th Anniversary Conference. 
Due to the challenges of COVID-19, the planning process has been somewhat slower than normal.
The conference will be our 1st dual platform conference.
Thank you for your patience. We look forward to seeing you in Montgomery & virtually, in October.

#NAME2020 Call for reviewers is open!
Being a proposal reviewer is a benefit of NAME membership. 
Scroll down for reviewer guidelines & to apply to be a reviewer.


#NAME2020 Call for reviewers is open!
Being a proposal reviewer is a benefit of NAME membership. 
Scroll down for reviewer guidelines & to apply to be a reviewer.

Living Multicultural Education: 
Peace & Justice thru the Ballot Box & Activism

2020 is the landmark anniversary of women in the United States going to the ballot box to vote for the first time thanks to the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took a near century-long struggle, much suffering, many arrests and the Women’s Rights Movement growing out of abolitionism. In the early 19th century fight against slavery, women organized, spread information and protest so that their demands would be heard. For women of color, the right to vote didn’t come until decades and a long struggle later. In each case, history shows that oppression and injustice are unsustainable. Once informed, people in groundswell movements strive for equity, social justice, and untethered growth. Once empowered by the success of their own activism, long-oppressed people, then as now, are empowered. It has enabled Africans brought to the Americas as slaves; Indigenous People, who suffered a holocaust of death, injury, and land loss; and women, who were treated as property, to organize and push back against the various forms of subjugation. Attempts to disenfranchise women, people of color and students continue and must be met with an even stronger, more determined effort to ensure that everyone can vote. Pooling the information of marginalized peoples’ struggles and triumphs form the foundation of multicultural education. Multicultural education in this pivotal election year must serve as the North Star, guiding people of conscious and goodwill to the ballot box, where their activism and voices can be heard. The National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) and multicultural education form the strong hand and long arm of history pushing the nation and the world to a place of peace, social justice, and equity. 

As we move toward living in places of peace and justice, through the ballot box and activism, NAME and our colleagues at Teaching Tolerance encourage conversations about possible ways to address the inequities and systems that stand in the way of progress. NAME, Teaching Tolerance and our 2020 Conference Committee invite change agents in education and beyond to submit proposals for presentations to be included in our 30th annual conference. We encourage you to contribute to the conversation.

Reviewer Guidelines
Being a proposal reviewer is a benefit of NAME membership.
You must hold current membership in NAME to apply to be a proposal reviewer. 
Please read all the information shared on this page before applying
Scroll down for review details, instructions, application deadline and the deadline to complete assigned reviews.
Please direct questions to the Proposal Review Committee at Reviewers@NAMEorg.org  

Proposal Topic/Subject Category
To ease the review process, all proposals are under one topic category--
Multicultural Education & all topics related to the conference theme
Select this as  subject/topic choice at the bottom of the reviewer committee signup

Guidelines for Reviewers

IMPORTANT: Be sure to use the same email address that is connected to your current NAME membership.

  • Each reserve reviewer will be assigned no more than 8 proposals.
  • Proposals will begin to be assigned to you as soon as you apply.
  • The deadline complete all reviews is 11:59pm Eastern Time, June 5, 2020.
  • We encourage you to start reviewing as soon as you are assigned proposals.
  • Please volunteer only if you know that you will be available to review during the time indicated above.
  • Proposal reviewing is a benefit of NAME membership.
  • You can apply to serve as a proposal reviewer even if you submitted a proposal. 
  • You will not review your own proposal.
  • Students may apply to serve as proposal reviewers.
  • Please read ALL instructions, including “Reviewer Special Instructions” and rubric, below
  • All reviewers who complete all their reviewing assignments will be listed in the print and digital NAME Conference program book.

Instructions for Accessing and Reviewing Proposals

  1. You must be a member of NAME to access the system.
  2. Please got to the NAME website: http://www.NAMEorg.org
  3. When on the NAME website, input your NAME membership username and password.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the Members Area Features and locate Proposal Submissions.
  5. Here you will see the topic to which you have been assigned to review.   
  6. If there are any proposals for review, you will see a number below your assigned topic, indicating the number of proposals in your Inbox.
  7. Click on the link in your proposal/topic area to go to your inbox for that topic.
  8. Click on a proposal name in the inbox.
  9. The first time you enter to review proposals, you will be presented with the scoring rubric. Read this carefully.
  10. Enter your initials and click Continue to indicate you understand.  
  11. You will see the title of the proposal, abstract, and proposal details on the next page.
  12. Read and review the proposal.
  13. Below the gray box containing the proposal details, you will find a series of drop-down score menus and comment fields.
  14. Include feedback in the comment box on the proposal scoring page and provide a score for each drop-down.
  15. After you have completed scoring a proposal, click on Continue at the bottom of the page. You will see that the proposal has moved from the Inbox to the Outbox.
  16. Repeat steps 6-15 until all assigned proposals, in all assigned topics, have been reviewed.
  17. You have completed your review once all proposals have moved to your Outbox for each assigned topic.

Important Reviewer Special Instructions
  • NAME has moved from multiple "topics" to all proposals being listed under 1 topic--
    "Multicultural Education & all topics related to the conference theme"
  • Multiculturalism embraces multiple intersecting ways of looking at reality.
  • NAME is a mentorship organization. People enter the organization at different developmental stages relative to their knowledge about and experience with multicultural education.
  • It is important to remember that while you are an important part of the NAME audience, you are not the entire NAME audience.
  • The content of proposals does not have to reflect a standardized, academic, multicultural response to the educational, economic, political, and cultural inequities we face today.
  • For each session element, be sure to you use the rubric as a guideline for evaluation – (5) is strong, (3) is average, and (1) is weak. The highest possible overall combined score may total 20.
  • Qualitative constructive feedback is also required.
Apply, now to be a #2020 Reviewer:
Click here to apply to be a Reviewer for #2020NAME

Proposal Review Evaluation Rubric

The possible range for individual criteria score is 1-5 with 5 being the highest.
The highest possible total combined score for a proposal is 20.


Present, but weak




Extremely Strong


Conference Theme 

No ties to theme even if rhetoric says these are tied in.

Has some ties to theme; for example, in content and/or outcomes.

Clearly addresses conference theme. Overall proposal is clear as to its relation to both.

Significance of Content 

Issues raised are not significant.  Does not add to or reinforce existing work in multicultural education.

Reinforces, but does not add to, current research, knowledge, or practice bases in the field.  May shed new light on multicultural issues through the perspective(s) it takes.

Clear information. Rationale is based on current research, knowledge, and/or practice (praxis) in the field, and adds to one or more of these foundations. Timely. In-depth.

Audience Interaction & Process of Presentation

No attention to presenter-audience interaction. Process is not clear or is incompatible with time frame.  

Some interaction between audience and presenters will take place. Some attention to designing a well-timed and interesting presentation is evident.  

Highly interactive pedagogy or presenter-audience interaction is described. Materials described are relevant and innovative. Time frame of presentation is explained.  

Organizing Level, Audience & Participant Outcomes

Proposal does not really address organizing level/audience. Little or no attention is given to participant outcomes.  

Proposal description does not match organizing level, or proposal is too general or too specific to make an accurate assessment. Describes desired participant outcomes, but it is not altogether clear how they will be achieved.

Proposal makes its content level explicit and explains why various groups of attendees with that level of knowledge in the field would be interested. Provides an explicit statement of participant outcomes and how they will be achieved.

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