Published: Nov. 1, 2017 By

Diversity SummitTwo CU Engage programs, INVST Community Studies and CU Dialogues, are facilitating distinct, engaging and important sessions for CU Boulder students, faculty and staff at this year's Diversity and Inclusion Summit, a program of The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement, which takes place at CU Boulder Nov 7-8, 2017.

INVST is hosting its own session entitled "How Scarcity Thinking Leads to Systemic Xenophobia & Racism." (details below).

CU Dialogues, together with BoulderTalks as part of the Intergroup Relations (IGR) Working Group at CU Boulder, is helping facilitate a series of dialogues during the Diversity Summit (details below). The IGR is a collaborative group of faculty and staff from across campus working to advance Intergroup Relations on campus. The group is co-chaired by Dr. Karen Ramirez (CU Dialogues Program) and Dr. Jeff Motter (BoulderTalks) and includes participants from many sectors of campus including the Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity, the Chancellor’s Committee on Gender and Sexuality, Human Relations, Leadership Studies, the ODECE, the Student Academic Success Center, and the Gender and Sexuality Center.  

INVST's Session: How Scarcity Thinking Leads to Systemic Xenophobia & Racism

Nov. 8, 3:00 - 3:50pm in UMC Aspen Room

Seperate from the dialogues, above, INVST Community Studies is facilitating a session at this year's Diversity Summit about How Scarcity Thinking Leads to Systemic Xenophobia & Racism. Join INVST Program Director Sabrina Sideris, together with INVST Instructors Sam Bullington and Allie Van Buskirk and current INVST student Olivia Gardner, for an engaging session that explores this important topic.

There is a dominant perception that individuals have to protect their own resources. We will examine & endeavor to heal scarcity thinking on a personal level using a short exercise to attend to envy & competition, which arise out of scarcity thinking. Then we’ll explore how media messages perpetuate scarcity thinking, particularly in public policy regarding DACA, health care, tax reform, and America-first foreign policy. This interactive workshop will interweave a political critique framework, & personal examination.

For more information about this session email INVST Program Director Sabrina Sideris.

Diversity Summit Dialogues: Can Recognizing Human Dignity Pave our Path Forward? 

Join a facilitated dialogue exploring the diverse range of perspectives, hopes and fears held by members of the CU community. Dialogue participants will be invited to share their experiences about being seen and heard on campus and how these experiences can help us to collectively find our way forward. These dialogues provide a chance to continue to co-construct what inclusion and diversity mean here at CU and are developed by BoulderTalks and the CU Dialogues Program as part of their work with the Ingergroup Relations (IGR) Working Group.

The dialogues are scheduled for the following times in the Aspen Room in the UMC:

Nov. 7, 11:00 - 12:15 pm
Nov. 7, 12:30 - 1:45 pm
Nov. 7,   2:00 - 3:15 pm
Nov. 7,   3:30 - 4:45 pm

All CU students, faculty, and staff are welcome.

If you have any questions about this event, or if you would like to bring a class to one of the scheduled times, please contact the Intergroup Relations (IGR) Working Group co-Chairs, Karen Ramirez (CU Dialogues Program) or Jeff Motter (BoulderTalks).

Website administrator's note: this announcement was updated on December 1, 2017 for improved clarification and accuracy.