Call for Proposals

In their constitution, the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa say, “at the heart of ministry is relationship.” With their sponsorship, Dominican University strives to be “a diverse, relationship-centered community.” Our mission to prepare students, pursue truth, give compassionate service, and participate in the creation of a more just and humane world is lived out in a fabric of social connections.  This year’s Caritas Veritas Symposium focuses on a particular kind of relationship, namely collaborative.  

We invite the community to consider the causes and conditions for development of collaborative relationships. What are our ideals, and what have we witnessed in practice? What is possible even when circumstances are challenging or difficult? And so we ask:

  • How do you collaborate with others in the pursuit of truth?
  • How are relationships, marked by compassion, at the heart of our learning, teaching, research, and service?
  • What partnerships are you building for the creation of a more just, humane and sustainable world?
  • How do your collaborative relationships enhance the resilience and sustainability of your work and our world?

All members of the Dominican University community--students, staff, faculty, alumnae and trustees alike--are invited to reflect on these questions from the perspective of their lives within their disciplines, professions, cultures, and social locations. Given the nature of the 2022 theme, we particularly encourage interdisciplinary proposals. We invite students to consider their community-based learning, internships, research projects, clinical and field placements as loci of reflection and analysis on the guiding questions.

Proposals for formal papers, research presentations, ignite-style lightning talks, panel presentations, round-table discussions, workshops, dialogues, and original creative work are all encouraged. We especially welcome proposals from student presenters. The committee is happy to work with any member of the community who has an idea for a presentation, but would appreciate help or guidance in refining it into a proposal. Examples of previous presentations can be found on the symposium website.  

Papers with a single author will be presented in a 30-minute format, and sessions involving multiple presenters will be allowed 60 minutes. We ask that panels limit themselves to no more than four presenters. Ignite-style talks will be given 5 minutes and paired with others to complete a full session. All sessions should allow time for conversation with participants. Proposals should be approximately 150 words in length. In addition to your proposal, please include a two-sentence description of your topic for publication in the symposium program. In order to design a balanced symposium accommodating as many of the best proposals as possible, the planning committee may ask some individuals to adapt their preferred presentation format to fit the program as a whole.

Proposals are being accepted now through June 1. Questions may be directed to Claire Noonan, Vice President for Mission and Planning at or 708-524-6860. 

Complete the proposal submission form