2018 Cultivating Change Summit Call for Research Posters

About the Cultivating Change Foundation & Summit

This three-day, global, agriculture conference features educational opportunities including workshops, expert panels, networking mixers, and keynote speakers from prominent agriculture LGBT and ally industry leaders. The purpose of the Cultivating Change Summit is to celebrate agriculturists by bring together agriculture LGBT employees, human resources, diversity and inclusion professionals, employee resources group leaders, executives and organizational leaders, and allies and others who are working toward an equitable industry environment for LGBT agriculturists everywhere. Over 200 global agriculture leaders and partners are joining together to share strategies and best practices to create a community inclusive of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions within the food, fiber, and natural resources industry.

Benefits of Presenting

  • Discounted summit registration for the Poster Presenter of the research project to the Annual Cultivating Change Summit.
  • An opportunity to discuss your research with other agriculture leaders.
  • An opportunity to be awarded “Best Summit Poster 2018”.

Important Dates

  • June 1: Register for Summit using discounted rate
  • June 21: Poster Setup (9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.)
  • June 22: Research Poster Session (9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.)
  • June 22: Posters to be removed (5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.)

Research poster tracks and topic themes

The layers and disciplines in the agriculture industry are as unique and diverse as those who are served by the Cultivating Change Foundation. In order to capture this mosaic, we have developed the following research poster tracks and topic themes.

  • Education and youth

Focus on teaching practices; issues and topics of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in educational settings, with an emphasis on LGBT issues; case studies of educational programs; effective practices, tools, and resources for teaching and education program management (including student recruitment and retention).

Primary audiences: Youth program and 4-H leaders; secondary agricultural educators/FFA stakeholders; cooperative extension agents; instructors and administrators in higher education, especially those in land-grant universities, Colleges of Agriculture, and other post-secondary agriculture programs.

  • Academic research and government

Work in the social sciences related to rural communities and the agricultural industry including Economics, Sociology, Gender / LGBT Studies, Education, Leadership, Community Development, Management, Communications, Business, Entrepreneurship Studies, Political Science / Government / Law Studies, and Health Sciences. Emphasis is on topics that provide foundational understanding through research.

Primary audiences: graduate student researchers, university faculty and researchers in institutes and government, cooperative extension agents, community development practitioners, managers in business and industry, and policy makers.

  • business and industry

Topics, case studies, best practices, and “lessons learned” from an industry standpoint. Includes issues in production agriculture (such as farm management, distribution systems, organizational cases, and business and marketing practices) and urban-based agricultural programs/services; New and Beginning Farmer and Ranchers issues; Human resources approaches, including workplace Employee Resource Groups (ERG’s) best practices, needs, and outcomes/implications and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training programs; and the home of the Start-up Showcase, a place for new and emerging companies, including those in agricultural technologies (Ag Tech) companies.

Primary Audiences: production agriculturalists, organizations in the food marketing system, corporate / organizational managers, human resource professionals, small business and entrepreneurs, start-up investors.

  • collegiate

For those enrolled in undergraduate programs or resources for the development of collegiate organizations. Topics include: undergraduate projects in research, internships, service learning, or international studies; resources for and case studies of collegiate student organization founding and operations; Career readiness, human resources, and leadership/workforce development issues for students in Colleges of Agriculture or early career professionals.

Primary Audiences: students in university undergraduate or post-secondary vocational education programs; faculty, instructors, staff, and administrators in higher education; New and Beginning Farmers and Ranchers.

  • allies, families, and communities

Topics that relate to those outside LGBT identities who support LGBT populations as well as issues facing LGBT communities not addressed in other tracks. This includes resources on allyship such as practices, trainings, and programs for building stronger ally groups and capacity; issues and resources related to family-building and -creation for LGBT parents in rural/agrarian communities (protocol, process, and implications/opportunities); issues, resources, and best practices related to spiritual, mental, and physiological wellness; and matters of coming out, family reaction, and community building.

Primary Audiences: straight allies; community services providers; would-be parents with LGBT identities; families of LGBT persons; general audiences.

  • Startup showcase

Celebrating and identifying entrepreneurs at the intersection of LGBT+ and ag/rural spaces. Topics include engagement of LGBT+ entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry and rural communities; providing an opportunity for individuals to be recognized for their innovation in the startup and entrepreneurial space. Innovative concepts could be in both the developmental phase, or in the execution phase.

Primary Audiences: entrepreneurs in the agriculture industry or rural communities; this could include audiences in various disciplines within agriculture; entrepreneurs in the startup space – both companies and nonprofits alike.

poster session details and requirements


  • Discounted Summit registration for the Poster Presenter of the research project to the Annual Cultivating Change Summit.
  • An opportunity to discuss your research with other agriculture leaders.
  • An opportunity to be awarded "Best Summit Poster 2018"


Abstract Submission Requirements

Poster Requirements:

  • The author will use one 40”X60” foam poster board provided by Cultivating Change Summit.
  • The poster(s) will be displayed on easels and can be either horizontal or vertical.
  • The top of each poster is the title area which includes: Research Title, Author(s), and institution.
  • Adhesive materials, foam boards and a workspace will be available for assembling posters at the Summit.
  • Submit poster during check in at the registration desk.

Travel, Lodging and Summit Registration:

  • Poster participation includes a discounted summit full summit registration but does not include transportation, lodging, or other travel costs. Fees for spouses and guests of the author are not waived.

Poster Presentation:

  • Posters will be displayed at the Summit Research Poster Area.
  • Presenters of a poster will be expected to be present during the Cultivating Change Summit on June 22, 2018 from 9:30-10:45am in Des Moines, Iowa to discuss their posters with Summit participants. Each presenter can therefore only present one poster. Any author that submits more than one application should indicate a priority to their submissions and/or confirm there will be enough co-authors available for to present all posters at the Cultivating Change Summit.
  • Collection of the poster at the conclusion of the Annual Summit is the responsibility of the author. Posters that are not picked up with be discarded.

Poster Schedule:

Each Poster will be displayed during the Research Poster Session at the 4th Annual National Cultivating Change Summit. Poster authors should be available during the poster session for questions and discussions. The setup and take down times are below:

  • Poster Setup: Thursday, June 21, 2018 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
  • Poster Session: Friday, June 22, 2018 | 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
  • Poster Take Down: Friday, June 22, 2018 | 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

If you do not like traveling with an oversized poster, there is a FedEx Office Print & Ship Center, (400 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309) with a less than 5-minute walk from the summit hotel. There you can get professional printing that is perfect for creating impactful presentations. Otherwise, you can ship your posters to the summit hotel (Des Moines Marriott Downtown, 700 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA). Visit this site for contact information and additional options.

All abstracts will be blind peer-reviewed and subject to revision. Abstracts will be published in Summit proceedings, which will be available to Summit participants, an online.

Best of Summit Posters 2018

At the Summit the committee will select a winning poster that represents the best poster for each of the Summit Tracks based on the criteria below:

  • Visually appealing;
  • Timeliness of the topic;
  • Presentation of new concepts, research, or emerging practices;
  • Clear and accessible language;
  • Alignment with one of the following Summit tracks (Education and Youth, Academic Research and Government, Business and Industry, Collegiate, and Allies, Families, and Communities).
  • Special consideration will be given to posters that align with the Cultivating Change Foundations impact on the agriculture industry (for more information, visit: http://www.cultivatingchangefoundation.org/mission-vision-values/

Need Help With Poster Preparation?

Visit the following site https://colinpurrington.com/tips/poster-design for lots of resources, tips, and links to other poster resource sites.

Poster Research Contact:

Please contact: Dr. Katherine Soule, Summit Advisory Committee - kesoule@ucanr.edu