[Deadline Passed] 2022 Respectful Disruption Summit—Call for Proposals

COMPEAR and GoAbroad.com have formed a partnership to collaboratively highlight the experiences of the underrepresented around the globe, as well as how all of us can respectfully and actively disrupt practices and policies that make room for inequality and discrimination in international education. The 2022 Global Respectful Disruption Summit is a joint effort to bring together like-minded individuals for learning and discussion. This will be real talk. This will be uncensored. This will highlight underrepresented voices. 

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What is respectful disruption and why is it important to global education? 

Disruption is to interrupt a practice, system, or event. Respect is due regard for the feelings, wishes, rights, or traditions of others. If you put the two words together, respectful disruption is interrupting while regarding the feelings of others. International Education was created for rich, wealthy, white Europeans, as a means to provide them with coveted educational accolades such as language and cultural experience for marriage and business. Today, education looks different. The students that we serve are from many diverse identities and backgrounds and most institutions have strategic goals to increase participation from students who are of different ethnicities, gender, races, and abilities to name a few. However, we continue to utilize a system that was not created with them or with equality in mind. 

The Global Respectful Disruption Summit is a joint effort by Compear Global Education Network and GoAbroad.com to challenge the status quo, through highlighting underrepresented, underserved, marginalized voices, as well as populations historically and currently targeted for oppression and active allies. The goal is to actively listen to panel discussions led by professionals that hold diverse identities in our field, learn how to actively disrupt, and practice how to better lead by participating in J.E.D.I labs, which are structured to break down a specific issue related to equity within global education spaces and find the root of the issue.  

It’s time to change the narrative and the narrator. If you are really interested in doing the ‘work’ and taking the steps necessary to actively change our field, you should attend this summit.  

We encourage you to attend, submit a proposal, join a panel or be a virtual volunteer.

Submit a Proposal

We welcome proposals focused on global or multicultural justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion especially around areas or populations that may currently be systematically overlooked or missing from discussion in international education experiences, research, and careers. Examples of topic areas could include but are not limited to Ethnocentrism, Racism, Sexism, Classism, Ableism, Ageism, Heterosexism, and other educational Inequities. 

We encourage all international educators, service providers, practitioners working in intercultural communicative competence and diversity equity and inclusion, or those with a shared interest to submit a proposal. Whether you’re a student, seasoned professional, lecturer, or newcomer, we are looking to amplify and highlight underrepresented voices in multicultural and global education.

Priority Proposal Deadline: January 20, 2022

Final Proposal Deadline: February 3, 2022


The summit will take place Friday, April 22, 2022 (8:00 AM Eastern – 4:00 PM Eastern) on a virtual platform. Registration opens in early 2022.

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