Pacific Rim International (Virtual) Conference on Disability & Diversity

March 1 - 2, 2021 | Hawaiʻi Standard Time

The premiere conference on diversity, disability, and innovation to address social needs, the Pac Rim draws upon the strengths of the community in Hawaiʻi and beyond – nationally and internationally. 

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Message from the Co-Chairs


Our theme of Pac Rim 2021 is INNOVATE with the following topic areas: (1) Indigenous Knowledge, Perspectives, and Approaches; (2) Education, Teaching and Classroom Practices; (3) Deaf Community; (4) Family and Community Engagement; (5) Flourishing, Well-being, and Social-Emotional Learning; (6) Online Learning and Technology; (7) Transition, Inclusive Postsecondary Education, and Self Determination; and (8) Creativity and the Arts.

Given PacRim’s interdisciplinary nature, we also welcome proposals that span one or more topic areas. The unique timing and context our conference creates both a need and an opportunity to highlight the following topics: inclusion, equity and social justice; and COVID-19. We encourage submissions that include a discussion of the contextual interaction of these topics within the conference’s eight proposal areas.

By necessity PacRim 2021 will be a virtual conference. However, we hope this format will also lower barriers to participation and facilitate inclusion of a wider array of viewpoints and voices.We anticipate that inclusion will be widely demonstrated in this year’s conference presentations. Our hope is that this will energize attendees to return to their communities to innovate, implement, and institutionalize inclusive practices worldwide.

COVID-19 has changed so many dimensions of our daily lives. Recent socio-political events have crystallized equity and social justice as among the most salient topics of these challenging times. Though often excluded, people with disabilities and their allies continue to strive to participate in and influence conversations around the global pandemic and social justice. We further encourage presentations designed to spark constructive solution-oriented conversations for innovation that advocate for equitable, just, and actionable structural change.

Challenging times may also offer remarkable opportunities. Work with us to create and deliver an inclusive conference that supports a collective recognition of both the fundamental challenges we face, and the unprecedented opportunities we have to build a brighter, stronger, more resilient future; one in which people with disabilities are naturally included as valued contributing partners in shared problem solving.

Dr. Kiriko Takahashi & Dr. Hye-Jin Park, Pac Rim 2021 Co-Chairs



We have four different session types: (1) Paper, (2) Talk Story, (3) Skill Share, and (4) Poster. 

Call for Proposals

(Proposal submission will open soon)

Proposed presenters may start gathering the necessary information so they are ready to go when the proposal submissions open: 

  • Topic area (choose one of 8)
  • Session type (choose one of 4)
  • Abstract that answers to the criteria outlined under the specific session type (500 words max)
  • Presenter information (name, contact info, social media handles, time zone presenting from, etc.)
  • Bio write ups for each presenter that highlight their expertise/leadership/innovation (250 words max for each presenter)
  • Accommodation requests needed to present
  • Clear headshot professional photo of each presenter

All accepted presenters are required to register for the conference. As a professional courtesy, presenters are asked to honor a commitment to participate as conference attendees by attending other conference presentation sessions. This commitment celebrates a positive, interactive environment and promotes networks to build community. Accepted presenters are required to provide safe and accessible content for all attendees. Training and guidance resources will be provided. 


Each attendee and presenter will need to register individually. 

Early Bird

Attendees and Presenters
$ 315
  • Register and pay before December 31, 2020 to secure this rate.


Attendees and Presenters
$ 415
  • Register and pay between January 1, 2021 - February 25, 2021 to secure this rate.

If you are a student or interested in group rate options, contact us!

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