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 Tuesday, February 8, 2005 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter

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10th Annual Diversity Summit Calls for Campus to "Wake Up!"
By Vanessa Lozano, junior, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

"Wake Up! Diversity is Now!" is the theme of the 10th Annual Campus Diversity Summit to be held tomorrow and Thursday, February 9-10. The summit will feature panels, performances and dialogue sessions that will foster discussions on diversity issues within the campus community.

"The summit is representative of actual communities on campus and their experiences here," said Arturo Aldama, professor of ethnic studies and co-chair of the Chancellor's Advisory Committee on Minority Affairs (CACMA). "We want the summit to be a community building event between students, staff, faculty and administrators."

Greg Sarris, Fletcher Jones Chair of Literature and Writing in the English department of Loyola Marymount University, will deliver the keynote address on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University Memorial Center. Sarris specializes in American and Native American literature and creative writing.

Featured presentations on Wednesday include a lecture by Melanie McKay Cody, the first deaf researcher of North American Indian Sign Languages, at 3 p.m. in Old Main Chapel, followed by a 4:30 p.m. performance by CU-Boulder's Interactive Theatre Troupe, "Get Up!" on dealing with bias-related comments.

For the first time students have had the opportunity to design and participate in their own panel, according to Linda Te, the Inner-Campus Liaison for the Student Outreach Retention Center for Equity.

"We feel it is important to let everyone know of not only our challenges, but also all of the amazing things that we have accomplished as a community," said Te.

The student session, "In One Ear and Out the Other," will kick off the Summit in the UMC Ballroom on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. and will consist of several student leaders from various underrepresented student groups speaking on the current campus climate.

"We are very excited about our tenth year of the summit and the student panel will be a tremendous asset to the events that we have planned for everyone," said Judy Poynter, assistant to the vice chancellor of student affairs and CACMA co-chair, along with Aldama.

Additional events on Thursday include an 11 a.m. welcome by Interim Chancellor Phil DiStefano, followed by a recognition awards ceremony by CACMA and the Chancellor's Committee on Women and a 2 p.m. session on "The Dynamics of Power" by Derrick Watson, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Administration. A concurrent session in Spanish on this topic, "Las Dinámicas del Poder," will be conducted by Omaira Bankston of Organizational and Employee Development. A 10th Anniversary Celebration Reception will be held at 3:30 p.m. in the Aspen rooms and the summit will close with a 4:30 p.m. performance in the Ballroom by renowned stand-up comedian and writer Charlie Hill.

The Campus Diversity Summit is organized by CACMA and the Office of Diversity and Equity. Additional support is provided by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Human Resources, Disability Services, CU-Boulder American Indian Advocacy, Dennis Small Cultural Center, Advisory Board, department of Ethnic Studies, CU-Boulder Black Alumni Society and the Boulder Broker Inn.

For more information, including a full schedule of events, visit www.colorado.edu/cu-diversity/summit.html.



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