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Equitable Opportunity Conference | Michigan's Ross School of Business

  • 1.  Equitable Opportunity Conference | Michigan's Ross School of Business

    Posted 04-16-2024 16:20

    Call for Submissions: Equitable Opportunity Conference

    We are pleased to announce the inaugural Equitable Opportunity Conference to be held on June 6-7, 2024, at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan. This recurring conference will bring together academics and practitioners for a cross-disciplinary exchange of research and ideas related to equity and opportunity in various contexts (e.g., business, education, energy, health). This year's conference focuses specifically on how organizations shape socioeconomic opportunities in ways that are more or less consistent with prevailing notions of fairness and justice.

    The conference aims to:

    1. Showcase Innovative Research: Present cutting-edge academic research that addresses equity issues within the specified fields, highlighting novel methodologies, findings, and implications for policy and practice.

    1. Facilitate Knowledge Exchange: Encourage the exchange of ideas and best practices among different stakeholders, including researchers and practitioners, to bridge the gap between theory and application.

    1. Enhance Collaboration: Create opportunities for networking and collaboration among participants from diverse backgrounds and disciplines, fostering partnerships that can lead to joint research initiatives, policy development, and practical implementations.

    1. Inform Policy and Practice: Provide a platform for discussions on how research findings can inform policy-making and practice in a way that promotes equity and opportunity.

    1. Promote Multidisciplinary Approaches: Encourage a multidisciplinary perspective on equity, recognizing that solutions to equity and opportunity issues are often complex and require insights from multiple disciplines.

    Preliminary Program Highlights

          Keynote address by Cyrus Mehri, a civil rights attorney known for leading landmark class action lawsuits (e.g., Coca-Cola, Texaco) and for helping to establish the National Football League's Rooney Rule. He is the founding partner of Mehri & Skalet PLLC and also co-founder of Working IDEAL.

          Paper presentations, discussions of equity assessment practices, and poster sessions.

          Confirmed speakers include:

    o   Laura Adler, Yale

    o   Christine Beckman, USC

    o   Sekou Bermiss, UNC

    o   Ahmmad Brown, Northwestern

    o   Pam Coukos, Working IDEAL

    o   Lindy Greer, Michigan

    o   Kylie Hwang, Northwestern

    o   Damon Phillips, Wharton

    o   Ray Reagans, MIT

    o   Chris Rider, Michigan

    o   Adina Sterling, Columbia

          Editors' panel

    o   Editors from the Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Management Science, and Organization Science will discuss publishing equity-centered research in top journals.

          Networking opportunities

    Call for Presentations and Posters

    We invite submissions for paper and poster presentations on equity and opportunity in organizations from faculty, doctoral students, and other researchers.

    Submission Guidelines

    Submissions should include:

          Your contact name, affiliation/institution name, and email address

          Names of all contributing authors and their affiliations/institutions in the order they should appear in the program.

          Presenter's name, affiliation/institution name, and email address

          Title of the presentation

          Short abstract (max 120 words) to appear in the conference program

          Extended abstract (max 1,000 words), structured under the following headings: Introduction & Background, Objectives & Approach, Results, and Conclusions & Implications. 

          Type of presentation you want your submission to be considered for:

    1)       Oral presentation only

    2)       Poster presentation only

    3)       Oral or poster presentation

    By submitting an abstract, you agree to be present at the conference, should your abstract be selected for the program.

    All submissions will be blind-reviewed by the Scientific Review Committee, and acceptance decisions will be made on a rolling basis.

    Submissions should be entered here. The deadline is May 1, 2024.


    Registration is free, but you must sign up here before May 20, 2024. Please register early, as space is limited.

    The conference may be attended with or without submitting a presentation but you must register. We encourage scholars at all career stages to submit proposals. The conference provides an excellent platform to share your research, receive feedback from a diverse audience, and network with peers and leaders in related fields.

    Join us to be part of this network dedicated to making a difference through research. Connect with peers and contribute to important discussions. Help to shape and advance the work on equitable opportunities and to make strides towards a more just future.

    For more information, please contact us at EO-conference@umich.edu or visit the Equitable Opportunity Conference website.

    Presentations will take place on Friday, June 7. The conference will begin with a reception at the  University of Michigan on Thursday evening, June 6, and will end with the Poster Session from 4:45 - 6  pm on Friday, June 7, 2024. 

    Christopher Rider
    Associate Professor
    University of Michigan