Summit Theme: Building the Road Map: "Finding Our Way"

Tuesday, February 13

See the Summit "At-A-Glance" Schedule here.

For CU Boulder Staff  – please bring your BuffOne Card. 
Stop for a cup of coffee and meet your Staff Council representatives. Share your ideas about what’s important to you in diversity, inclusion and equity and what you’d like to learn more about at future Summits and campus events.

Sesión de “Bienvenido” del personal, patrocinada por el Consejo del personal del campus de Boulder
07:30 – 14:45, UMC 457, Dennis Small Cultural Center

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Visite para tomar una taza de café y conozca a los representantes de su Consejo del Personal. Comparta sus ideas sobre lo que es importante para usted en diversidad, inclusión y equidad y sobre qué le gustaría aprender más en las futuras Cumbres y eventos del campus.

Salle «Bienvenue» réservée au personnel, parrainée par le Conseil du personnel de Boulder Campus
07:30 – 14:45, UMC 457, Dennis Small Cultural Center

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Arrêtez-vous pour une tasse de café et rencontrez les représentants de votre Conseil du personnel. Partagez vos idées sur ce qui est important pour vous en matière de diversité, d'inclusion et d'équité et sur ce que vous aimeriez en savoir plus sur les futurs sommets et événements sur le campus.

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7:30a.m.-2:45p.m., UMC 457 - Dennis Small Cultural Center

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07:30 – 14:45, UMC 457, Dennis Small Cultural Center

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07:30 – 14:45, UMC 457, Dennis Small Cultural Center

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The practice of establishing guidelines for diversity conversations is intended to create “safe spaces” where students can engage with one another over controversial issues with honesty, sensitivity and respect. More and more often, however, students invoke the safe space guidelines whenever the dialogue becomes challenging. When did uncomfortable become unsafe?  The presenter will engage participants in a conversation about creating brave spaces in order to challenge students—and ourselves—to stay in the difficult dialogue that brings about real change. Please reference the Summit's One Read text, "From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces."

Boulder es un espacio de trabajo culturalmente diverso y es común ver comportamientos culturales que pueden ser nuevos o desconocidos para usted. En este taller, los participantes tendrán la oportunidad de explorar su propia cultura y encontrar formas de conectarse con otras personas de diferentes culturas. Además, los participantes comprenderán la definición de clase protegida y se les presentarán las habilidades que los ayudarán a profundizar su conexión con la comunidad de CU Boulder.

Go deeper into career questions that really matter with a panel of three dynamite women who have crafted very different careers in tech-related fields, from industry to academia. New stories take us further into strategies about how to remain agile in the fast-paced tech world and move forward in your career--while sometimes overcoming challenges that relate to deeply ingrained social and gendered biases.  Panelists will respond to facilitated questions in a structured discussion for the first portion of the session, followed by open discussion with the audience. Attendees will learn about "grit" in action, get honest about salary and promotion questions, provide job interview tips, and unpack the pros and cons of networking in various forms. 


Students (and instructors) bring their lived experiences into the classroom every day. In this session, we discuss the ways traumatic experiences prevent student engagement in the classroom. We ask, how can instructors and students work together to make educational spaces inclusive and compassionate? Focusing primarily on trauma resulting from sexual violence, we argue that rethinking the way that instructors can address trauma can ensure that all students are able to engage with tough class material. We view our session as a “think tank” of sorts. Although the presenters will provide both a contextual presentation, we are hoping that the majority of the session is open dialogue. Because this session will be primarily invested in creating inclusive classrooms, we see the primary behavior gained by attendees to be a reinvigoration of (1) self-reflexivity and (2) empathy for others. Our session will also work to enhance communication skills between instructors and students in an effort to help craft a safe and shared classroom space.


Effective communication is a requirement under the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure that individuals with disabilities can communicate with, receive information from, and relay information to individuals in a manner which is as equally effective as it would be to those without disabilities. In this session, we will cover the requirements of effective communication for speech, hearing, and visual impairments, ways in which it applies to higher education, and how to meet these requirements at CU Boulder. Participants will learn when effective communication needs to be considered and how to understand an accommodation request for effective communication. They will also be familiarized with campus resources on how to implement this requirement.

In order to practice inclusive language, we must learn not only how to talk, but also how to listen and how to reflect with equity-mindedness. This interactive workshop will coach participants on protocols for inclusive conversations ranging from small talk to high-stakes discussion. Starting with a skill-building exercise in reflective listening, we will evaluate scenario-based conversations for common exclusionary habits, then create a take-away plan for improving our inclusive language practice. Participants will learn how to listen, reflect, and talk with the goal of improving their inclusion skills in different types of conversation from small talk to high-stakes discussion

Join us for an informational session about the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement’s strategic planning process for the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan. We will talk about the short history of this process, from the efforts of over 90+ departments and units in writing inclusive excellence narratives to the ways the ODECE has implemented programming and forged new partnerships to respond to requests that emerged from the narratives. We will also discuss where we are now in the planning process and discuss our Diversity Planning Model as a framework that continues to guide our interactions and discussions with lead partners. All combined, our efforts will lead us to a phase of writing the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan over the Summer of 2018, to be completed by the Fall. Attendees will gain a more complete understanding of ODECE’s diversity planning process and the current and ongoing work of the inclusive excellence initiative.



Participants will gain insight and understanding of the TPS (Temporary Protected Status) program, and what it specifically means to some staff members of the CU community. This session will feature the voices of several CU Boulder staff members who have been employed over a decade at CU, and have been impacted by the recent termination of TPS to El Salvador.


This is a follow-up discussion to "From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces." Participants will have an opportunity to engage with one another to discuss how to apply the principles for creating brave space in different environments on campus. Participants will learn techniques to create brave space when engaging their students and peers in dialogue about diversity and inclusion.  Please reference the Summit's One Read text, "From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces."

In 2007 CU Boulder relocated Disability Services within its new Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE). This reorganization has led to a heightened understanding of diversity and inclusion across the university, enhancements in student services, and an evolving holistic vision for serving students with disabilities. This session will focus on the office’s movement from a medical model that prioritizes accommodating student’s impairments to a social model that emphasizes reducing barriers and advancing student learning. Through small group discussion and the sharing of key points with the larger group, participants will contemplate the meaning of diversity and who comes to mind when thinking of diverse groups of people

This beginner’s workshop discusses the different spectrum of gender and sexuality and how to act as an LGBTQ+ ally. Attendees will learn how to respectfully talk about queer identities and how to support the lgbtq+ people in their lives.

We as educators must recognize that striving toward inclusive excellence demands that we recognize the diversity of the learning styles, academic backgrounds, proficiencies, and aspirations of our students, and that we build our course curricula and adjust our teaching styles to accommodate these important differences within and across our classes.  To this end, this session explores several practical ways faculty can work to embrace the academic diversity of our students, such as adopting flexible deadlines, striving toward universal course design, increasing opportunities for experiential learning, and creating individually-tailored formative assignments in order to give students greater opportunity to apply abstract course material in tangible ways. Attendees will learn various practical ways to adjust their teaching styles, lesson planning, and design of formative course assignments to accommodate the diversity of our students’ learning styles and academic backgrounds.

Participants will be invited to explore some of the many ways we get in our own way when working toward social justice and equity, as well as, some alternative practices that promote positive internal and external transformation, particularly our capacity to respond instead of react. We will learn to increase our tolerance for distress, cultivate creative resources in lieu of our habitual survival resources, and to use our bodies to calm our thoughts and emotions.

The phrase “fake news” is frequently used in 2018, but what does it really mean? Elizabeth Skewes, chair of the Department of Journalism, will outline the values that drive traditional news, as well as the impact of today's social media on news quality — and whether "fake news" is really shaping public opinion. Assistant Professor Pat Ferrucci and two other professors are using big-data analytics to understand how fake news influences the broader media agenda. He will discuss their preliminary results.

Experts from tech, corporate and academia will discuss the meaning and implications of leadiing inclusively. What does leading inclusively mean? And what are the implications for graduating students and future leaders?  

  • Tolonda Tolbert, Ph.D., Senior Director, Inclusive Leadership Initiative and Consultant, Global Member Services CATALYST
  • Alexandria Spiva: Recruiting, ChanZuckerberg Initiative
  • Celestete Montoya: Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies 

If you’ve ever wondered what the face of disability looks like on the Boulder campus, join this storytelling session where you’ll hear portraits of students with a variety of disabilities. Their stories will include brief histories, how disability affects their education, and why some students get accommodations such as extra time on exams or a peer notetaker. We’ll discuss what can be done to normalize the experience for students with disabilities. 

Identities do not exist in a vacuum. Learn how identities build on each other in ways that create lasting effects. Attendees will learn how to help foster an environment that is more welcoming and inclusive for a diverse array of individuals.

Join the Chancellor’s Accessibility Committee (CAC) for lunch as we dive into all the issues surrounding physical and digital accessibility in and around campus! CAC includes students, staff, and faculty interested in making the campus inclusive for everyone by removing barriers. Some things we’d love to hear from you about include: Accommodated Testing Center, classroom accommodations, dedicated accessible transportation system, troublesome areas on campus, or tell us about what other campuses are doing to increase accessibility. You talk, we listen. RSVP to by Monday, 2/12/18. 

The Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender & Sexuality is holding a session for LGBTQ-identified individuals to come together and be in community.  This session aims to bring members of the queer community on campus together to connect and share in resiliency.  Lunch will be provided.

Open to faculty, staff, and students. This session will promote understanding of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration program and what may be in store for undocumented students on our campus and across the nation.  Discussion topics include the historical and legal background of DACA, university resources for undocumented students, and guidance on becoming UndocuAllies.  We will also feature student voices from those who are directly impacted by DACA and the legal uncertainties existing today. Attendees will become more knowledgeable about undocumented students and the issues they face as well as dialogue with presenters about authentically standing with DREAMers at CU Boulder.

A session for faculty, staff, and colleagues to learn about techniques for making print and electronic documents accessible to persons with disabilities. CU members will learn best practices when producing classroom materials for individuals with disabilities.

Part two to a Fall summit session that showcased student work from a digital humanities collaboration to tell stories challenging “single story” stereotypes students encounter as they traverse pathways toward graduation. We’ll show a couple of digital narratives not shown previously, followed by a brief discussion on what we learned in the process. We’ll then invite participants, once again, to consider how student stories can shape campus conversations about equity, access, and inclusion. Participants will:

  • surface their own stories about assumptions and hierarchies that operate in their departments or programs at CU;
  • witness a model for how to include student voices and knowledge in crucial equity conversations; and
  • strategize about how to include student voices and knowledge in those conversations.

The City of Boulder is embarking on a culture change of public participation processes. Based on recommendations from a resident working group, city staff invite you to a design workshop to assist in creating community-wide guidelines for public discourse. Following a design-thinking model, we will work together to prototype ideas around behavior and accountability for civic discourse.

The goal of this session is to connect graduate students of the LGBTQ community with each other and to facilitate interactions with other members of the CU community at large. This session is co-sponsored with the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Gender & Sexuality.

Learning how to use new pronouns can be difficult, but it doesn't have to be impossible or terrifying. This workshop will teach you how to use gender neutral pronouns and how to be a great ally to the transgender and gender non-conforming people in your lives. Attendees will learn how to correctly use various types of gender neutral pronouns. They will also learn how to correct themselves when they make a mistake in regards to pronoun usage and how to act as allies to the trans identified people across campus and that they will meet later in their lives, mostly in regards to their pronouns and proper names.


The City of Boulder is embarking on a culture change of public participation processes. Based on recommendations from a resident working group, city staff invite you to a design workshop to assist in creating community-wide guidelines for public discourse. Following a design-thinking model, we will work together to prototype ideas around behavior and accountability for civic discourse.


2017 was a pivotal moment for individuals who have experienced sexual harassment or sexual violence. Between #MeToo and #TimesUp, individuals felt empowered to speak out, yet in many cases, the majority of the individuals speaking out were women with race or class privilege. How do we broaden the #MeToo movement to be more inclusive and more empowering? How can #MeToo expand from the perspective of the “me” to the perspective of the “we”?

In 2015 tech firms such as Yahoo, Facebook, Dropbox and LinkedIn announced that they will develop standard language that lets applicants know that having accessibility knowledge is "preferred" to land a job. Come to this session to learn how why and how you should include accessibility and inclusive design topics in tech, media and computer science courses. We will discuss:

  • The importance and benefits of including accessibility topics in design, media and engineering coursework
  • Specific tools and approaches for teaching about accessibility and inclusive design
  • Resources you can use after the session to continue learning about this topic

Did you know that the Chancellor's Committee on Race & Ethnicity (CCORE) has an audience with Chancellor DiStefano on a regularly occurring basis?  We want to hear from YOU on what you would like us to discuss with him and his leadership team.  Please join us for food, discussion, and the unification of our voices to address concerns that people of color face on our campus.