Call for Proposals 2018


Deadline: Sunday, November 5, 2017, 11:45 P.M. (PST)

The Alliance of Hispanic Serving Institution Educators (AHSIE) is requesting presentation proposals for the 10th Annual AHSIE Best Practices Conference, which will take place March 25-28, in Chicago.

We are pleased to be partnering with the University of Illinois at Chicago as the co-hosts of this year’s conference, which will take place on the UIC campus.


The annual AHSIE HSI/Title V annual conference provides those who work in Hispanic Serving Institutions a unique opportunity to network and share resources with their peers who work in HSIs.

AHSIE attendees are higher education administrators, evaluators, staff, faculty and students who support the development of an evidence-base for the institutional conditions and best practices that close achievement and completion gaps for Latinx students.

We also offer Institutes designed to support those working in emerging and new HSIs, to learn how to effectively manage their Latinx educational initiatives as well as maximize grant funding opportunities to build capacity at their institutions.

Over 600 participants regularly attend our annual conference.


This year’s conference focuses on the following theme:

HSIs Ayer, Hoy y Mañana: Learning from the Past, Paving the Way for the Future

Preference will be given to submissions that incorporate this theme. For example, points will be awarded to presentations that reflect on multi-year progress toward equitable campus practices, lessons learned from grant collaborations, and how to create sustainable and institutionalized programs.


The AHSIE conference seeks proposals that demonstrate high impact practices that promote Hispanic/Latinx student success in higher education within the Hispanic Serving Institution context.

Your proposal should be designed to fit one of the following conference tracks:

Track 1: Academic Student Support Programs
Description: Proposals that highlight the creation, data-driven evaluation and/or institutionalization of undergraduate student academic support programs such as early college, undergraduate research, invasive advising, summer bridge, tutoring, professional skills.

Track 2: HSI Development: Moving from Emerging to Serving
Description: Proposals that help mentor new and emerging HSIs in the development of their campus to an equity or ‘serving’ mindset.  Proposals could highlight professional development of staff and faculty, HSI mentorship, and descriptions of collaboration and leveraging of resources across departments, institutions, and communities. Presentations should feature practical and detailed advice that will be immediately useful to new HSIs, such as how to use data to track and close equity gaps, and/or shift institutional culture and thinking from Predominately White Institutions to HSIs.

Track 3: Project Management, Institutionalization, and Data-Driven Evaluation 
Description: Proposals that highlight use of data to continuously improve programs and evaluate program effectiveness, and/or highlight the institutionalization of HSI grant-funded programs, and/or share best practices for effective management of federal grants collaborations and leveraging of funds.

Track 4: Student Mentorship & Development 
Description: Proposals geared toward student attendees that highlight peer mentorship programs, develop sense of belonging, programs that include students into institutional decision-making, and student leadership development. This track highly encourages proposals that feature student presenters and student voices.

Track 5: Teaching & Learning Excellence 
Description: Proposals that feature and describe replicable curricular innovations, course re-designs, or culturally relevant and responsive pedagogies. Extra points will be awarded to proposals that have at least two semesters/quarters of evidence of success of these teaching & learning innovations on: student learning outcomes, course grades, social outcomes, sense of belonging or visible student engagement or learning.

Download a PDF of Track Descriptions here: 2018 Conference Tracks Descriptions 


Please note: You may submit multiple proposals but due to scheduling conflicts and the large number of proposals we receive, individuals may present (as lead or copresenter) on a maximum of TWO sessions.

High Impact Practice presentations (HIPs) will include evidence-based, high impact practices proven to be effective at HSIs. These include a formal presentation and are delivered through PowerPoint or panel sessions and allow for a 15-20 minute question and answer period. (60 minute sessions)

Community of Practice workshops (COPs) will include evidence-based, high impact practices proven to be effective at HSIs. Presentation delivery will be a workshop format with clear outcomes for participants. These workshops will engage participants through interactive activities, teamwork, and hands-on experience. Participants will leave with enough resources and tangible examples for implementation at their respective institutions. (75 minute sessions)



Please review the following information carefully before beginning your submission.

  • -All proposals must be submitted via the online form.  No emailed proposals will be accepted.
  • -Once you start your online submission, you may save and return to it a later time.
  • -We encourage you to prepare your responses in a separate text document and copy into the form fields. This will prevent against losing your work, should there be an interruption in internet connection, either via the website or your local server.
  • -Please be sure to allow yourself enough time to submit prior to the deadline. The portal will automatically close and no proposals will be accepted after this time, including those that were in the process of being completed.  Proposals will not be accepted past the posted deadline.
  • -Pay close attention to character/word count and spelling/grammar. You are responsible for accuracy of your information. If accepted, this information will be published in the program AS-IS.
  • -Proposals with excessive errors in spelling, grammar, and/or punctuation, and those that exceed the posted character or word limit will not be accepted.
  • -Up to three presenters will be allowed for sessions. If there will be co-presenters for your session, please have their contact information readily available, as you will be asked to provide this during the submission process.
  • -All presenters must attend, and demonstrate that commitment by registering for the conference, in order to be included in the print and electronic conference program.
  • – If accepted, you will be asked to provide a PDF copy of your slides and/or handouts sevearl weeks prior to the conference. Details will be sent at a later date.
  • -Submissions will be evaluated based on how well they describe the following (up to 20 points available):
    • -Learning outcomes for participants (0-5 pts)
    • -Evidence of success in HSI setting (0-5 pts)
    • -Applicability of principles and practices in an HSI setting (0-5 pts)
    • -Relevance of presentation to the 2018 Conference Theme (0-3 pts)
    • -Formatting/Spelling/Grammar (0-2 pts)

Download PDF of Presentation Proposal Rating Rubric Here

For more information, please contact the AHSIE High Impact Practices and Professional Development Committee: