Workshop Guidelines & Information

Thank you for your interest in sharing your expertise at the True Colors Conference, March 20 & 21, 2020.

Some things you’ll want to know before your fill out your proposal:

Workshops should be: 

  • Participant-Centered: Provide training content that engages participants in every step of the process, utilizing experiential and participatory learning techniques wherever possible. Your session should not be a dry lecture or non-participatory panel presentation.
  • Include “Real-World” Practice: After learning a skill in your session, participants should be given an opportunity to practice that skill. Real world practice makes it much more likely that participants will use what they’ve learned when they get back to school or work.
  • You will be asked to determine a workshop GOAL.  On the Request for Proposal form, you will be asked to choose the primary outcome or goal of your session.  What specifically should participants walk away with after attending your session?
      • Knowledge: Is your session primarily for transmitting information, data, facts that increase participant capacity. What information do they need? Ex.: data on discrimination experienced by LGBTQ youth for use in talking points, publications, activist/advocacy action planning; risk and protective factors that families have control over, etc.
      • Skills: Session primarily hones specific skills needed to achieve activist, advocacy, clinical, or support goals. How can we achieve our goals? Ex: skills for asking youth, foster parents or families questions about sexual orientation or gender identity and expression; facilitation skills for GSA leaders, etc.
      • Attitude or Values: Session primarily leads to a change in a settled way of thinking or feeling about something, typically reflected in a person’s behavior. What were the messages we grew up hearing about ‘others’?  How does that impact our work? What values or attitude changes need to occur for us to become more effective allies or advocates?


  1. You have to complete the proposal in one shot– so have all your information ready to go including title, description, objectives and all necessary presenter information.
  2. The TITLE matters. People often choose workshops based solely on the title.  Want some ideas?    Workshop Title Suggestions list
  3. The audience matters. Choose the audience that best fits your workshop.   audience list and descriptions
  4. The Structure Matters.Workshops should be participant-centered and include ‘real world’ practice and examples.
  5. There are word limits on bios and descriptions – PLEASE BE CLEAR AND CONCISE.

As our way of saying “Thank You,” up to 3 presenters per workshop receive


A MAXIMUM of THREE PRESENTERS are allowed per workshop.

Ready to fill out the form?