Published: Aug. 28, 2017

Attendees have a discussion at the Diversity & Inclusion Summit in 2016.

Attendees have a discussion at the Diversity and Inclusion Summit in 2016. (Photo by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado)

Exploring the theme of why our community still falls short of the diverse and inclusive place where we want to work and live, the campus Diversity and Inclusion Summit Nov. 7–8 stands to benefit all who attend with rich dialogue and productive breakout sessions.

It also could complement course content across a variety of disciplines. Event organizers from the chancellor's advisory committees, Staff Council and The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement (ODECE) are encouraging faculty members and instructors to consider adding the event, “Building the Road Map: Finding Our Way,” to their fall syllabi.

The summit will include:

  • Intergroup dialogues—Facilitated interactions around diversity and inclusion topics that are developed by Department of Communication experts.
  • Productive breakout sessions—Opportunities to learn about recommended practices for becoming observant and responsive regarding continuing struggles involving human rights, freedom and power.
  • Complementary course content—Information that can expand students’ knowledge as related to professors’ courses. Sessions are presented by CU Boulder faculty and professional practitioners.

Details, including a full program, will be available at the summit website. Campus community members, including faculty and staff, are encouraged to propose a session.

Committee preview

In the 22 years that the Diversity and Inclusion Summit has been offered on campus, we have worked to highlight the latest and best information on diversity and inclusion.

This year, the committee is reflecting on why our community still falls short of the diverse and inclusive place where we want to live. Rather than keeping an intellectualized distance around diversity ideas, we would like to explore an embodied and emotional connection to diversity. We hope to courageously lean into the sensitive places in our communities and in ourselves to awaken a new authenticity.

This year, the committee recognizes that it is time to find our way. The aim of the fall summit is to take a bold step toward advancing our sincere commitment in being a diverse and inclusive community. The committee is planning sessions to speak forthrightly about issues that impede greater progress toward a practicing community of diversity. We urge all campus and city of Boulder members to take the courageous step of finding our way forward toward Making Excellence Inclusive.

The summit planning committee is composed of representatives from the chancellor’s advisory committees, Staff Council, student affairs, athletics, and the city of Boulder.