Published: Oct. 27, 2017
Diversity and Inclusion Summit fall 2016

Kim Miller from the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) will be on campus as a featured speaker at the Diversity and Inclusion Summit Nov. 7–8. The free, public summit will include several interactive sessions and discussions along the theme: "Building the Road Map: Finding our Way."

Students, staff and faculty are urged to attend the two-day summit and to take a role in advancing the campus's commitment to being a diverse and inclusive community.

The summit will open at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in the University Memorial Center's Glenn Miller Ballroom, with comments from Chancellor Phil DiStefano, Boulder City Manager Jane Brautigam and CUSG President of Student Affairs Betsy Sabala. Events will continue in the UMC (in various locations) through Nov. 8.

Miller will lead a discussion on "Using the Power of Sports to Improve Race Relations" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. in the UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom.

“The aim of the fall summit is to take a bold step toward advancing our commitment to being a diverse and inclusive community," said Alphonse Keasley, associate vice chancellor in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. "With this in mind, CU and surrounding community members designed a number of sessions to help us see clearly where we have been, where we are and what we each can do to realize inclusivity and equity in our personal and professional lives."

The summit includes more than 40 sessions on topics on an array of diversity- and inclusion-related topics.

Tuesday, Nov. 7

No More Firsts... 

Gloria Neal, journalist and GloKnows owner
11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

A discussion about the history and politics of firsts (The first Black woman to . . . The first Latina to . . . The first Black man to . . . ) and the path to when there are no more firsts.

Using the Power of Sports to Improve Race Relations

Kim Miller, VP Leadership & Education, RISE
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
UMC Glenn Miller Ballroom

Join the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) for a discussion on how athletes across the nation are using their platform to improve race relations and drive social progress. Participants will also have an opportunity to experience an activity from RISE’s curriculum designed to educate and empower student-athletes, coaches and sports administrators to be leaders in discussing and addressing matters of racism, diversity and inclusivity within their teams, schools and communities.

Be Woke: Conversations with Airbnb

David J. King III, Director of Diversity and Belonging at AirBnb
12:30 to 1:45 p.m.
UMC 235

King will discuss the diversity and inclusion efforts he has been part of and will talk about next steps for Airbnb, as well trends in inclusion in the tech industry.

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Why Differences and Diverging Perspectives are Critical for Innovation

Sarabeth Berk, Director, CU Boulder Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative
10 to 10:50 a.m.
UMC 235

This session will highlight the tools that support innovation, especially ones that encourage divergent thinking and leveraging multiple perspectives.

Pronouns 101

Oliver Stagliano, Gender & Sexuality Liaison, CU Student Government
10 to 10:50 a.m.
UMC 245

This workshop will cover how to use gender-neutral pronouns and how to be a great ally to the transgender and gender-non-conforming people in your lives.

From Safe Spaces to Brave Spaces

Brian Shimamoto
1 to 2:50 p.m.
UMC 415

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.