Speaker Resources

Below you will find resources to assist you in developing and delivering an engaging and memorable presentation. Even if you are a seasoned speaker, we think you will find it beneficial to take a few moments to review the contents of this page.

Resources for the Hybrid, Virtual, or In-Person Presentations




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Adding Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to your Presentations

In preparation for your session, we ask that presenters consider how they may address issues pertaining to diversity, equity, inclusion, and cultural sensitivity, as well as how these issues may impact the program and different groups of attendees. Below are some ways to think about framing your presentation with this in mind:

  • Provide culturally responsive perspectives within your presentation by considering the different identities of learners – How are your examples and presentation reflective of diverse experiences? Will learners see their communities represented?
  • Include diverse viewpoints represented in the learning environment and in the audience (including bias and positionality in the world, and how these factors influence professional interactions)
  • Create an inclusive environment by acknowledging diverse cultures and examples within your presentation, as well as providing accessible options to learners (non-primary English speakers, captions, etc). Our office offers several resources that can help to support the accessibility of presentations.
  • Emphasize health disparities research by pulling from relevant references/resources if they are available within the topic area of your presentation.


Gay, G. (2018). Culturally Responsive Teaching: Theory, Research, and Practice (3rd. ed). New York, NY:College Press.

Ladson-Billings, G. (2014). Culturally Relevant Pedagogy 2.0: The Remix. Harvard Educational Review, 84(1), 74-84. doi.org/10.17763/haer.84.1.p2rj13148548475

Accessibility in your Presentations

All presentations are asked to include culturally responsive perspectives in recognition of the diverse and unique backgrounds of our participants. Here are some guiding thoughts as you think about this for your presentation:

  • Are the goals of the program achievable by different groups (e.g., accessibility, accommodations)
  • How can the goals of the session be used as a tool to advance equity?
  • Consider how equity shows up at all levels of your presentation (development, presentation, evaluation)

The following accessibility resources will make content more accessible to a wider range of people.

PowerPoint Accessibility Checker
Step-by-step Instructions and Best Practices for Making Your PowerPoint accessible to People with Disabilities

Word Accessibility Checker
Make your Word Documents Accessible to People with Disabilities

VTCSOM Commitment to Accessibility in the digital environment

VTCSOM presentation on accessibility

VTCSOM accessible PowerPoint template

Virginia Tech accessible PowerPoint template

Virginia Tech sponsored Accessibility Professional Certification Grants

Virginia Tech Institutional Membership for International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP)