Published: Feb. 24, 2020

The spring 2020 Diversity & Inclusion Summit is presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement (ODECE) and takes place Feb. 25 in the University Memorial Center (UMC). The University Libraries are excited to embrace this year’s theme “Intent and Impact: Humanity in Action” and are partnering with the ODECE to facilitate several thought-provoking panel discussions for members of our campus community to explore. 

One Read group photo outside of Norlin Library.

The Power of Place: Gentrification and Identity Through the Lens of Sabrina & Corina 

11 a.m.–12:15 p.m., UMC Ballroom 

In this panel discussion, CU Boulder students and community leaders will share their diverse takes on the issues gentrification has caused for our local communities. The panelists include first-year student Amanda Ruybal, Boulder’s Assistant City Manager Chris Meschuk, Chicana/o Studies Affiliate Professor at MSU Denver Christina Sigala, former Colorado Senator Irene Aguilar, and author Kali Fajardo-Anstine. 

“Gentrification and the effects it has on cultural identity is a prominent theme in this year’s campus One Read selection Sabrina & Corina,” Arthur Aguilera, librarian and panel moderator said. “Today, the Denver and Boulder areas are feeling the effects of decades of gentrification and displacing communities. Together, we have the chance to explore the steps we can take to mitigate harm and preserve our collective cultural identities.” 

Book Discussion: Sabrina & Corina: Stories, featuring Colorado author Kali Fajardo-Anstine 

12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m., UMC room 235 

Fajardo-Anstine’s short stories are set in Colorado and lean into themes of race, feminism, queerness and class while exploring how societal systems impact the characters. This active discussion will allow participants to reflect and share their experiences with this year’s One Read selection. If you haven’t quite finished reading Sabrina & Corina, fear not! In this case, moderator and Education Librarian Lindsay Roberts suggests that those short on time read the stories “Sugar Babies” or “Galapago.” 

Free print and ebook copies of Sabrina & Corina can be found through the University Libraries.

“CU Boulder History Project” Panel Discussion and Community Q&A

12:30 p.m–1:45 p.m., UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom West

Learn more about the new CU Boulder History Project during this panel discussion facilitated by Head of Archives Megan Friedel, with faculty and staff from schools across campus. A Q&A session will follow. The project was formed “to communicate CU Boulder’s rich and complicated history to the university community, through intersectional perspectives that demonstrate our commitment to inclusive excellence and to the deepening of our institutional memory.” 

Panelists include Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Clint Carroll, Director of the Center for Humanities and the Arts Jennifer Ho, Associate Professor of Media Studies Polly Bugros McLean, Executive Director of the Latino History Project Jason Romero and History Professor Paul Sutter. 

Pop-up Activities

Ongoing throughout day, 2nd-floor UMC

Also be on the lookout for the Pop-up Map exhibit, which will help readers visualize the Denver neighborhoods that will be mentioned in Sabrina & Corina discussions throughout the day. These pop-up map displays will remain available for viewing in the UMC throughout the week. There will also be a Pop-up Mobile Library Shelf with books related to gentrification, the Summit themes, African American excellence, and more. 

We look forward to hearing from and acting with you at this year’s Diversity & Inclusion Summit. Visit the ODECE’s web page for a complete schedule of events