Winter Roundtable 2021

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 38th Annual Winter Roundtable Conference!

The Winter Roundtable is the longest running continuing professional education program in the United States devoted solely to cultural issues in psychology, education, and social work. The Winter Roundtable continues its tradition of bringing together scholars, practitioners, researchers, social change agents and students interested in the intersections between race, ethnicity, social class, gender, ability status, sexual orientation, and religious affiliation in psychology, education, and social work.

We, the members of the Winter Roundtable Community, bear witness to the pernicious effects of systemic racism--including health disparities of the COVID-19 pandemic and the murder of Black and Brown people by police--and we feel an urgent call to action and call to connection.  Though we wish to gather together, we are also keenly aware of the risks that accompany a conference.  

Thus, the 38th Annual Winter Roundtable, a Pandemic of Racism, will be a virtual conference that will span Thursday, February 25th to Saturday, February 27th, 2021.  We are hopeful that a virtual conference will engage more students, scholars, professionals and activists.  We are hopeful that our time together will offer us the opportunity to reconnect, recharge, and rechart our path forward.  We are hopeful that we, in the disciplines of psychology and education, will once again rise to meet the challenges of our time.  We wish you good health and good spirits, and we wish to see you remotely in February, 2021. 

Please continue below to read about the proposal process and submit your proposal!


We are accepting the following types of proposals. Please note that we will prioritize Symposia, Workshops, Roundtables, and Student Posters above Paper proposals in the 2021 conference in order to emphasize interactivity in our conference offering. Please see below for additional details about the types of proposals. 
  Description Focused Solely on Empirical Study Requires Learning Objectives? Requires Program Assessments? Requires Bibliography?
Symposia* Expert Perspectives on Topic No If CE Eligible If CE Eligible Yes
Workshop* Skill-based Instruction No If CE Eligible If CE Eligible Yes
Roundtable* Thematic Discussion No If CE Eligible If CE Eligible Yes
Paper Presentation Individual or Group Presentation Potentially If CE Eligible If CE Eligible Yes
Student Poster Presentation Student Research Yes No No Yes



50 minute sessions in which no more than four people may present. Symposia are intended to collect multiple presenters who will present in-depth knowledge or perspectives potentially based on a collection of papers on a centralized question, issue, or topic of research. 


2- and 3-hour programs designed to provide participants with practical experience and specific skills. These skills will be outlined in learning objectives and evaluated in assessments. Please be sure to indicate how long your workshop will be within your proposal. 


50 minute dialogues about a broad theme of cultural relevance in psychology and education. Each theme consists of branching smaller discussion groups that address various sub-themes pertaining to the general topic. There should be no more than four sub-themes proposed for each general theme. In addition, no more than four people may be involved in facilitating discussions for one particular general theme. 


50 minute individual presentations. Typically presented by one or a small number of authors regarding ongoing or concluded research investigations or clinical educational practices. 


Opportunities for masters and doctoral students in psychology and education to present their current or recent research project or scholarship fitting during an hour-long poster session. Posters are presented in summary form on bulletin boards. A student must be the first author on all poster presentation submissions, and each submission should contain no more than four authors. Not all authors are required to be in attendance. 

Complimentary registration will be provided to the student first authors of accepted poster presentations.

Thanks to Joseph G. Ponterotto, J. Manuel Casas, Lisa A. Suzuki, and Charlene M. Alexander, the editors of the Handbook of Multicultural Counseling (3rd edition), a student scholarship fund has been established. Students whose poster presentation proposals are accepted will receive free registration to the Winter Roundtable. On posters with multiple authors, the scholarship will be awarded to the first author only.


  1. Proposals must be submitted electronically using the EventRebels submission form.
  2. Proposals for all categories of presentations should consist of an abstract (maximum 400 words).
  3. Please TYPE OUT proposal abstract information in the fields provided.
  4. Proposals for Paper Presentations, Symposia, Workshops, and Roundtables that are potentially CE eligible (primary presenter with current PhD) all require Learning Objectives, Program Assessments, and a Bibliography.


All abstracts must include:
  • A clear outline of the major ideas to be presented. For roundtable discussions, this outline should include information about the general theme, as well as the sub-themes that will serve as topics for discussion (maximum 400 words).
  • In the case of an Empiric Study:
    • A summary of the research methodology.
    • A brief summary of the findings.
  • For workshop submissions, you must include both an abstract AND a 50-word maximum description of the workshop, which includes your learning objectives.
  • Please note that all poster presentation abstracts submitted should include preliminary or final results of the empirical research study.
Proposals from graduate students, including Masters and Advanced Doctoral students, as well as recent graduates are encouraged. In addition to this year’s conference theme, other timely topics are welcomed for consideration in the conference program.


Learning Objectives are required for all Paper Presentations, Symposiums, and Workshops. All of these proposals must include 3-4 learning objectives per hour of the program. These may focus on research, literature, teaching, supervision or clinical practice outcomes for your audience. For instance, a learning objective may be "Participants will be able to define multiculturally competent counseling practice and apply this definition to working with undocumented populations."

For more information on how to write a learning objective, please see requirements and more information below.
  • Must clearly state what the learner will know or be capable of doing following the presentation
  • Must be observable and measurable
  • Must be of sufficient depth for the academic level of the conference
Please see the following link from the APA for a guide on how to write learning objectives: Guidance for Writing Learning Objectives.


Program Assessments are required for all Paper Presentations, Symposiums, and Workshops that may be considered CE eligible. All of these proposals require 3-5 program assessments. Learning objectives are intended to evaluate whether participants learned what the session intended to teach them and should be directly based upon the learning objectives of the program.

Please see the APA example below:
Based on the content of the workshop, I am able to:
  Strongly Disagree ---- Strongly Agree
Describe at least two theoretical approaches to hypnosis 1 2 3 4 5
Employ at least two hypnotic induction techniques 1 2 3 4 5
Explain how psychological approaches differ when applied to acute vs. chronic pain 1 2 3 4 5



Bibliographies are required for all presentations. For CE Eligible presentations, the bibliography must include at least 3 current (e.g., within the past 10 years), relevant references in APA format. Note: peer-reviewed and contemporary scholarship typically refer to journal articles.


You will also be asked to submit updated CVs for all presenters, a declaration of any conflicts of interest, and respond to the question "How does your presentation address diversity?" 

To begin submitting your proposal, please include your email address below and click submit. After you press submit, you will receive a Registration ID number to your email inbox. Please keep this number in your records in order to revisit your application at any time.

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