Summit Theme: Building the Road Map "Realizing Diversity and Inclusion for CU Boulder, City of Boulder and Boulder County"

Wednesday, November 13

Chancellor Phil DiStefano and Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam

When: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Where: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

When: 9:30-10:00 a.m.
Where: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

Lt. Governor Joe Garcia will offer insights on the critical importance of diversity and inclusion for the state of Colorado.

CU-Boulder Professor Adam Bradley

When: 10:05-10:35 a.m.
Where: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

  • Bob Boswell, facilitator, The Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement 
  • Dick Jessor, CU-Boulder Professor Emeritus, author of the Jessor Report
  • David Aragon, CU-Boulder, Student Success
  • Leisha Conners-Bauer, Boulder County Healthy Youth Alliance

When: 10:45-11:50 a.m.
Where: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

Panel covers significant milestones from the campus and community.

When: 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Where: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

Professor Patricia Gurin from the University of Michigan will extend the social science evidence which was key in the 2003 Supreme Court Affirmative Action Ruling on the educational benefit of diversity.

Thursday, November 14

  • Alphonse Keasley, facilitator
  • Meca Delgado, Healthy Youth Alliance, Boulder County
  • Jean Gatza, Co-chair of the City of Boulder’s Inclusiveness and Diversity Team
  • Carmen Ramirez, City of Longmont and Latino Task Force of Boulder County
  • Catherine Shea, CU-Boulder Chief of Staff

When: 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Where: UMC 235

This session builds on an understanding of the actions, policies, and dialogues that have shaped the direction of diversity and inclusivity within the University of Colorado and greater Boulder community.  These actions help form a bridge between CU, City of Boulder and Boulder County.  Attendees in the session will participate in a dialogue and respond to a series of questions. 

Bianca Williams

When: 11:00-12:15 p.m.
Where: UMC 235

In his text Souls of Black Folks, W.E.B. Du Bois offers readers the famous concept of “double-consciousness” which he uses to describe the experience of living as a human being that is both “Black” and “American” in the early 1900s. This interactive talk will use artist and author Jay Z’s life experiences as an anchor for a conversation about what “American Blackness” is today, and how these experiences are classed, gendered, and nationalized. Participants should ask themselves, “Who or what is ‘American’?” “What does it mean to be ‘Black’ in the U.S.?” “How is Blackness defined similarly or differently in spaces outside the U.S.?”

Melissa Hart

When: 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Where: UMC 235

The Supreme Court’s decision in Fisher v. University of Texas upheld the compelling interest in diversity in higher education as a justification for some consideration of race in university admissions.  At the same time, the Court sent the case back to the lower courts with the command that they apply a more searching standard to determine whether consideration of race was truly necessary to achieve diversity at the University. The Fisher decision will have consequences for public universities all over the country.  How do we develop a University community that recognizes and is enriched by broad diversity at a time when our commitment to diversity is under scrutiny?