Call for ALAN Anti-Racist Breakout Session Proposals

Call for ALAN Anti-Racist Breakout Session Proposals

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Book Brave: Using YAL to Rethink Spaces Together
ALAN Anti-Racist Breakout Session with Honorarium

We are now accepting proposals for the 2020 ALAN Workshop annual breakout session dedicated to implementing anti-racist work in schools, libraries, and/or universities. The intent of the session is to continue the conversation and provide actionable items and recommendations for attendees to implement in their different contexts. The speaker(s) will be awarded a $500 honorarium as a way to recognize their labor, care, and commitment.

The theme of the workshop is “Book Brave: Using YAL to Rethink Spaces Together.” We will feature authors and presenters who are keenly focused on pushing the field and reimagining spaces—classroom spaces; library spaces; and spaces, at large. We welcome session topics which feature characters and/or themes which celebrate the diversity of young people in our schools and libraries. In US public schools, more than half of students identify as people of color, one-eighth are served under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, and more than half are eligible for free/reduced lunch (NCES, 2016). More than four-fifths of students who self-identify as LGBTQ report verbal harassment due to their sexual orientation, and three-fifths report being harassed due to their gender expression (GLSEN, 2011).

Preference will be given to a session proposal which addresses recent and long-standing acts of violence against our Black community.

Because YA authors will be featured throughout most of the program, we are reserving the breakout sessions for teachers, librarians, university educators, publishers, and others who are not YA authors.


Important Details

  • Breakout sessions will be 50 minutes in length.
  • All applicants must be members of ALAN (Assembly on Literature for Adolescents of the National Council of Teachers of English). You can join or renew your membership at
  • An electronic version of this application is available on the ALAN website at

Electronic submissions are due no later than midnight (MST) on Friday, August 7, 2020 and should be sent to: with the subject line “ALAN Breakout Proposal.”  Download the proposal form by clicking the button below.


Download Proposal Form