Summit Theme: The Power of Community: Connect, Grow & Change

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022

“We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou

The past two years have been a struggle for all of us. The pandemic and recent tragedies within our communities have made finding connections more challenging as we focus on surviving in a time of social upheaval. With this in mind, we have shifted the intent of this spring’s summit to reflect the current needs of our communities. The goal of the summit is to empower the campus community to not just endure but thrive through connection, growth and change. We have extended the summit to a semester-long series that will offer opportunities for themed "Community Conversations," while offering two keynote sessions on Feb 8. We invite you to join us in cultivating an equity mindset as we continue to challenge ourselves on the journey toward inclusive excellence.

“We don’t think ourselves into new ways of living. We live ourselves into new ways of thinking.”  Richard Rohr


Russell Wigginton

Keynote Presentation: Resiliency Through Struggle 

  • With: Dr. Russell Wigginton, president of the National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis, Tennessee

  • Location: Virtual 

Dr. Russell Wigginton, President of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, will speak on the theme of resiliency through struggle. The story of resiliency through struggle is a key theme of the civil rights movement highlighted throughout the museum in Memphis. Dr. Wigginton will focus on the links between the civil rights movement in the 20th century and the ongoing struggle today. He will share his perspective on both the challenge and the promise of our efforts to build a more just and inclusive world, and point to the role that each one of us has to play in this important work.


Reiland Rabaka

2022 Black Excellence Dinner

Therapeutic Blackness: Black Mental Health and the Black Lives Matter Movement

  • With: Prof. Reiland Rabaka, Founding Director, Center for African & African American Studies (CAAAS)

  • Location: UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

Students, faculty and staff, join us for the 2nd Annual Black Excellence dinner in celebration of Black History Month. The program aims to empower the CU community by highlighting the strength, courage and wisdom of the Black experience. Dr. Reiland Rabaka, founding director of the Center for African & African American Studies (CAAAS), will speak virtually on the theme “Therapeutic Blackness: Black Mental Health and the Black Lives Matter Movement.”