Call for proposals: Collaborative Efforts on Race and Racial Equity

Please consider this call for symposium contributions from The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution and colleagues at the Divided Community Project, Stanford, and HNMCP.

UPDATE (July 16, 2021): UPDATE: Symposium collaborators have received interest from several potential contributors who do not have the privilege to develop symposium contributions in the course of their regular work.  Thanks to support from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, the collaborators can offer a modest stipend to provide support to authors and co-authors from BIPOC and underrepresented communities who do not hold traditional academic positions. If funding permits, individuals new to academia may also be considered.

The Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution, in partnership with The Ohio State University’s Divided Community Project, the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinical Program, and Stanford Law School’s Gould Center for Conflict Resolution, is pleased to announce a call for submissions focusing on the work of collaborative efforts addressing truth, action, reconciliation, and healing in the context of race and racial equity. Authors accepted for this publication will be invited to attend a symposium focused on the same topic to be scheduled in the first quarter of 2022.

Submit your proposal using this link.

The primary goal of this publication is to explore the multi-layered racial equity initiatives that are emerging across the country. Over the past several years, various cities, states, and communities have begun designing and launching processes for surfacing histories and lived experiences around systemic racism, and moving towards reconciliation or action at a community, legal, or policy level. While many of these efforts have been bolstered by public support, they also face a litany of challenging design questions and practical barriers. This publication and symposium seek to bring together national and international practitioners, academics, activists, and other stakeholders to share experiences, challenges, resources, and strategies informing such initiatives.

Contributions may address, but are not limited to, the following topics:
– Defining purposes, goals, and scope of these initiatives
– Choices about the conveners of these initiatives and the process of building initial buy-in among stakeholders
– Conflicts that may arise among stakeholders involved in design and implementation
– Managing practical considerations such as funding, bandwidth, and fatigue
– Engaging a wide range of stakeholders to contribute to and become involved with the initiative
– Creating a feedback system for gathering community input to incorporate into design and process decisions
– Barriers confronting these initiatives and ideas for addressing them
– Precedent models from the United States or abroad

We welcome submissions from diverse perspectives and in a variety of forms. Some contributions may take the lens of dispute systems design, law, history, social science, or critical race theory; others may take an interdisciplinary approach; still others may recount and explore a particular initiative and its experience in the United States or around the world.

If you are interested in contributing, please submit a title and working abstract by Monday July 26, 2021, at the latest, using this link. Authors whose works are selected for publication will be notified by Friday August 6, 2021 (or earlier). Abstracts should be developed into drafts no later than January 15, 2022, and will be distributed to fellow symposium contributors (to take place in February or March, 2022). Final contributions may incorporate ideas developed during the symposium and will be due on June 15, 2022.

For more information on this call for contributions, please contact Bill Froehlich at