Opening Ceremony

Ben KirshnerBen Kirshner is a Professor of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder and Faculty Director of CU Engage: Center for Community-Based Learning and Research. Through his work with CU Engage Ben seeks to develop and sustain university-community research partnerships that address persistent public challenges and promote education justice. In his scholarly work Ben collaboratively designs and studies learning environments that support youth voice and agency. Projects include design-based research in action civics classrooms, intergenerational participatory action research, and ethnographies of community-based youth organizing groups. His 2015 book, Youth Activism in an Era of Education Inequality, received the social policy award for best authored book from the Society of Research on Adolescence.

Ruth Baheta is a third year student at CU and has been a part of the User Experience Internship Program since September of 2016 and is completing her BA in Anthropology along with a minor in Leadership and a Public Health certificate. As a UX intern Ruth has had the opportunity to work on a wide range of projects. Ruth feels confident that the skills she has already obtained with this internship will be applicable to her future endeavors and is excited for the new skills she has yet to learn                                                  

Emmanuel Melgoza graduated in 2016 from University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Ethnic Studies and a Minor in Technology, Art and Media (TAM). During his time at CU he studied abroad in Cuba and Nicaragua. He worked with the Garifuna community in Nicaragua helping create learning materials to revitalize their native dialect. Currently working as the Academic Review Web Content Manager in the Office of Faculty Affairs at CU Boulder. 

11:00am-12:15pm in Glen Miller: No more firsts...

Gloria NealGloria Neal is currently, President and CEO of GloKnows Unlimited LLC, a full service multi-media management company.  In addition she is a featured emcee and auctioneer with Corporate Kickoff highlighting nonprofits, as well as the host of her own podcast, "Glo...Like It Is". Gloria Neal is an award winning multi-media journalist whose versatility in the community, on television and radio, as well as with print has made her a much sought after talent. 

12:30-1:45pm in Glen Miller: Using the Power of Sports to Improve Race Relations 

Kim MillerKim Miller is the Vice President of Leadership and Education Programs for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE).  Kim Miller draws upon her training and organizational change management background to drive the development and nationwide expansion of key education initiatives at the middle and high school, collegiate and professional levels. Her efforts to address inequalities began while in college and have extended globally through her work with Surge, a global nonprofit committed to improving access to clean, safe water in developing countries.


At Sessions 

12:30pm-1:45pm: Conversations with Airbnb

David KingDavid King is the Director of Diversity and Belonging at AirBnb, where he leads the strategic vision of diversity programming throughout the global organization to include recruitment, retention, engagement, anti-discrimination and community outreach. Before joining AirBnb, David served as the Director of the Office of Civil Rights and Diversity for the Peace Corps. Prior to joining the Peace Corps, David served as the Chief of Diversity Management and Outreach for the US Department of State where he advised Secretaries of State Condoleezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. David started his career as both an attorney and teacher before transitioning full-time to diversity. Originally from the Philadelphia area, David is an unapologetic champion of all things Philly.

12:30pm-1:45pm in UMC 247: Disability and Outdoor Recreation: Promoting Inclusiveness in the Outdoors 

Craig DeMartinoCraig DeMartino works with Adaptive Adventures to take disabled people and wounded veterans climbing for the first time, or to get them back out after an injury. In 2002, he was dropped 100 feet from an anchor to the ground, and destroying most of his body. Part of his recovery was the support network he had and he gives that support to others as they navigate the new “normal.” He has attained many "firsts" including the following: 1st Amputee to climb El Capitan in under a day, Led the first All Disabled Ascent of El Capitan, and many more.


Attendees will also hear from:

  • Chancellor Philip DiStefano
  • Jane Brautigam, Boulder City Manager
  • Betsy Sabala, CUSG President