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June 12-13, 2017
East Lansing, Michigan


conference wordcloudAddressing inequalities, mobility and dislocation: Insights from international and domestic research and practice

June 12 - June 13, 2017
East Lansing, Michigan

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Photo of refugeesToday, societies around the world are experiencing multiple social, economic, and cultural changes and growing inequalities. How does the increasing movement of people—whether internationally as immigrants and refugees, or domestically as economic and social factors produce relocation, dislocation or separation of families—affect education and intersect with and influence inequality? This conference interrogates what it means to prepare students in and for a world of greater mobility. Inviting scholars and practitioners working on addressing inequalities in different contexts, we consider how education can support young people’s ability to build a life for themselves in a time of great economic fluidity and, for many, vulnerability and dislocation. How can schools and higher education institutions enable young people to develop empowered identities as members of social and national communities and as active agents in an interconnected world?

The conference brings together researchers and practitioners from around the world, working across different disciplinary perspectives, to explore how to create education contexts that can help individuals, families and communities thrive in the midst of such global change. Conference participants will assess what new light can be shed on the problems these shifts are creating for education and the students and families it serves. Most challenges for today’s education systems involve globally interconnected issues. By inviting international colleagues to the meeting, we explore how international research can inform our understanding of inequalities and how we can learn from each other in reducing these challenges. The goal is to get interdisciplinary views on points of leverage for increasing opportunities for individuals, families and communities.

We welcome your paper proposals and participation. Papers can focus on any level of education (early childhood through higher education/adult), and can address issues pertaining to local, national, or transnational contexts. We encourage submissions from higher education faculty and students, K-12 educators, those working in community organizations, and those working in policy.

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Photo of speaking bubblesAn opportunity for dialogue with...

Richard Alba, City University of New York
Addise Amado, Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology
Annica Andersson, Malmö University
Vanessa Andreotti, The University of British Columbia
James A. Banks, University of Washington, Seattle
Lesley Bartlett, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Angela Calabrese Barton, Michigan State University
Dorinda Carter Andrews, Michigan State University
Amita Chudgar, Michigan State University
Claire Crawford, University of Birmingham
Tamara Cecilia Del Valle Contreras, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez
Peter Dudley, University of Leicester
Gustavo Adolfo González García, Universidad Católica Silva Henríquez
Cornelia Kristen, University of Bamberg
Thomas Luschei, Claremont Graduate University
Shirley Miske, Miske Witt & Associates
Stephanie Nawyn, Michigan State University
William Schmidt, Michigan State University
Li Shi, Beijing Normal University
Maria Teresa Tatto, Arizona State University
Zhu Xudong, Beijing Normal University

and more!

Thematic Areas

Migration & Refugee Crisis
Urban Education & Mobility
Global Citizenship & Identities
Relationships between Schools, Communities & Families
Addressing Barriers to Access
Cultural & Linguistic Diversity and Social Cohesion
Building Resilience

Submit a proposal

The submission deadline (April 1, 2017) has passed.

We welcome proposals for individual papers or group panels on a range of themes related to the conference topic. We encourage submissions from higher education faculty and students, K-12 educators, those working in community organizations, and those working in policy. Papers can be investigations of the challenges related to "inequalities, mobility, and dislocation" or analyses of promising practices and interventions to address inequalities. Papers can focus on any level of education (early childhood through higher education/adult), and can address issues pertaining to local, national, or transnational contexts.

Submissions for individual papers should include an abstract up to 500 words.

Panel submissions are welcomed, either as panels of papers reporting on research or as a panel of practitioners in discussion or workshop format. If you are submitting a research paper panel, please provide information outlining the overview (goals and content) of the panel and provide abstracts for each paper. If you are submitting a panel that is a practitioner-focused session and not organized around a series of individual papers, please provide an overview of your panel (by filling in the abstract for the panel). You do not need to enter information in other “paper abstract” fields.

We will notify submitters of acceptance decisions by April 14, 2017. All presenters will also need to register for the conference.


Registration rates

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Type of attendee  Discounted rates through April 15  Rates after April 15
Conference Participant  $75.00  $100.00
Low GDP Country Participant*  $35.00  $35.00
MSU Faculty  $35.00  $45.00
Student**  $25.00  $35.00
Low GDP Country Student*  $20.00  $20.00

* In order to further enhance our society’s intellectual richness, rigor, diversity and accessibility, the conference will be offering a discounted registration rate for people based in low GDP countries. This registration rate applies only to people who are residents of a low GDP country and who will be traveling to the conference from a low GDP country.

The conference will be using the World Bank designation of a low GDP country as one where the average per-capita income is less than US$26,000 per year. This means that eligible countries include:

– All countries in Africa

– All countries in Latin America

– All countries in Asia, Oceania and the Middle East (except Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Hong Kong SAR, Israel, Japan, Kuwait, Macau SAR, New Zealand, Qatar, Singapore, & UAE)

– The following countries in Europe: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, FYR of Macedonia, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey & Ukraine.

**The student rate is for all students, regardless of institution, who are not residents of and are not traveling from a low GDP country

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Rooms are filling up fast!
Reserved blocks of rooms will only be held until May 11
We encourage you to make your lodging reservations as soon as possible

We have reserved a block of hotel rooms at three area hotels at discounted rates from June 11th-15th. Additionally, a small number of dormitory-style rooms are available on campus. Details for each are below.

Kellogg Hotel, East Lansing
$108 to $143 per night depending on room type, provide hotel staff with group code 1706COLLEB when making a reservation
Note: Hotel located on MSU's campus and walkable to the conference venue
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
+1 (517) 432-4000

Candlewood Suites, East Lansing
$95 per night, provide hotel staff with conference name when making a reservation
Discounted rate ends May 11
Note: Hotel is 2.7 miles from conference venue; transportation will be provided daily to conference
3545 Forest Rd, Lansing, Michigan 48910
Please click here to make an online reservation at the discounted rate
+1 (517) 351-8181

Staybridge Suites, Okemos
Per night rates are $99 for a studio suite, $119 for a 1 bedroom with king size bed, and $119 for a 1 bedroom with 2 queen sized beds
Provide hotel staff with conference name (Addressing Inequalities MSU) when making a reservation
Note: Hotel is 5.3 miles from conference venue. Conference attendees staying at the Staybridge Suites will have to arrange for their own transportation to and from the conference venue
3553 Meridian Crossings Drive, Okemos, Michigan, 48864
Please click here to make an online reservation at the discounted rate
+1 (517) 347-3044

We also have a limited number of rooms available in an on-campus residence hall for approximately $36 per night for students, post-docs, and participants traveling from outside of North America who demonstrate financial need. Please note that two same sex individuals will share a bathroom in-between their rooms. For reservations, please email Raphaela Schlicht-Schmaelzle (schlic21@msu.edu) briefly describing your need for this lodging option.

Visa letter of invitation request

If you need a letter of invitation to apply for a visa to attend the Conference, please send the following information to Christine Caster (caster@msu.edu) with the subject line “MSU Inequalities Conference Visa letter of invitation request”:

- Your name as it appears in your passport
- Your position
- Your affiliation/organization
- Your postal address (include your affiliation/organization)
- Your registration email address
- Your receipt number from your conference registration (the invitation letter for visa application will only be issued to registered participant)

Getting to Michigan State University

Michigan State University is located in East Lansing, Michigan. If you plan on flying to the conference the following are some of the more commonly used airport destinations:

Lansing Capitol Region International Airport

The Lansing Capitol Region International Airport is the closest airport to MSU with a variety of ground transportation options to and from the greater East Lansing area.

Detroit Metro Airport

The Detroit Metro Airport has a variety of ground transportation options to and from East Lansing. The Michigan Flyer offers roundtrip bus transportation between the Detroit Metro Airport and downtown East Lansing.

O’Hare International Airport

The O’hare International Airport is located in Chicago, Illinois. Amtrak provides train and bus routes from Chicago, Illinois to East Lansing, Michigan. The East Lansing, Michigan Amtrak station is within walking distance of MSU.


If you have questions about the conference please contact Christine Caster (caster@msu.edu) or Dr. Lynn Paine (painel@msu.edu).




Undergraduate / Student Affairs Office
620 Farm Lane, 134 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 353-9680

Graduate Affairs Office
620 Farm Lane, 205 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
Phone: (517) 432-1260
Email: edacadaf@msu.edu