Published: Feb. 12, 2016

Join your fellow students, staff, faculty and administration for the spring Diversity Summit Thursday, Feb. 18, from 9 a.m.  to 5 p.m. in Kittredge Central and the Champions Center. The summit will focus on “Going Beyond II: Deepening the Dialogue” and will emphasize intergroup dialogues, caucuses hosted by the Chancellor’s Advisory Committees on issues relevant to campus, contemporary teach-ins, and inclusive excellence facilitations. The goal of the Spring Summit is to begin to have dialogues for achieving continuous social change.

Highlights of the spring Diversity Summit:
Note: Additional discussions, events, action sessions and caucuses will be held throughout the day on Feb. 18. For a full list, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement website.

Climbing PoeTree spoken word performance, Feb. 17, 6 p.m., Humanities 1B50

Climbing PoeTree is the combined force of two boundary-breaking soul sisters who have sharpened their art as a tool for popular education, community organizing, and personal transformation. Alixa and Naima interweave spoken word, hip hop, and award-winning multimedia theater to expose injustice, channel hope into vision, and make a better future visible, immediate, and irresistible. With flawless cadence and impeccable lyricism, Alixa and Naima weave together their voices to tell powerful stories of love and liberation, state and personal violence, social, environmental, racial, and sexual justice, woman's empowerment, and human transcendence.

Inclusive Excellence Facilitation with Vice Chancellor Robert Boswell and Assistant Vice Chancellor Alphonse Keasley, Feb. 18, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Champions Center room 316

In order to chart a successful course for the campus on diversity, inclusion and institutional excellence, CU-Boulder will develop the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan. As a campus, the intent is to define inclusive excellence in each academic and administrative unit and to work across units with faculty, students and staff to create a common understanding of CU-Boulder’s vision, mission and strategic goals regarding diversity and inclusive excellence. Units will submit an Inclusive Excellence narrative by March 15 that will be the basis for a working work to integrate IE into daily life. Attend this session to get started, move forward, ask questions or discuss ideas.

My CU-Boulder Experiences: A Snapshot from African American Students, Feb. 18, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., Kittredge Central N114B 

The results of the 2014 campus climate survey indicated that African American students do not feel welcomed on campus. Join Randy McCrillis, director, and Tawanda Owens, associate director of training and programming, of the Cultural Unity and Engagement Center (CUE) for a snapshot of CU-Boulder's African American students' experiences. 

College Sport as an Agent of Change, Feb. 18, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Champions Center room 328

Join Roger Pielke, professor in the Environmental Studies Program, for a session that will explore the governance of university athletics, specifically Black/African-American athletes before and after sports integration. It will raise questions about the power of athletics as an avenue for social movements and social change and will explore the demystification of the “Great Black Athlete” in an educational arena. Former University of Colorado Football players Bill Harris, Estes Banks, Lance Carl, Medford Moorer, Chidera Uzo-Diribe and a current student-athlete will examine the role of athletics at CU-Boulder in an ever-changing world.

Racial and Ethnic Diversity: A Roadmap to Inclusive Excellence at CU-Boulder, Feb. 18, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Kittredge Central N114B

The Chancellor’s Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CCORE) Caucus will discuss how the current campus climate affects people of color at all levels (students, faculty, and staff), and the physical spaces on campus dedicated to people of color.

Introduction to Disability Studies Contemporary Teach-In, Feb. 18, 12:30 to 1:45 p.m., Kittredge Central N114A

Disabilities are frequently thought of as bio-medical defects rather than as natural and normal human variations. Join Oliver Gerland, associate professor and Honors Residential Academic Program faculty director, for a session that will explore common (mis)conceptions of people with disabilities and present an alternative grounded in disability studies, an academic discipline that examines disability as a social construction. 

Student Voice in Classrooms and Programs: A Workshop for Faculty and Staff Contemporary Teach-In, Feb. 18, 2 to 3:15 p.m., Champions Center 319 

“Student voice” refers to opportunities for students to have a voice in decisions that affect their education, whether in the classroom or extracurricular program. When done right, student voice can foster deeper student engagement, smarter policies, and a greater sense of shared mission among students, staff, and faculty. But it can be challenging to put into practice, especially when professional staff or faculty have deep expertise that they are expected to share or convey.

Join Ben Kirshner, associate professor, CU Engage, and Candi CdeBaca, co-founder, Project VOYCE, Denver, for a workshop that will engage audience members in a discussion about principles and practices of student voice, barriers to implementation, and specific strategies for program decision-making and classroom instruction. The workshop leaders will share tools developed through their work with high school and college age youth.

Art is a Hammer: Reshaping Reality through Cultural Activism, Feb. 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Dennis Small Cultural Center UMC 457

How can art at the serve our vision for a more just and peaceful world? Join Climbing PoeTree for an interactive workshop to help you sharpen your art in the name of creative, deep change and a little personal transformation. Speak your voice and speak your vision, learning and growing into the force you already are. Register to attend.

For the full schedule, visit the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement website.