CU Boulder community members gathered on March 14 at History Colorado in Denver for the Chancellor’s Annual Summit. The large crowd heard from faculty experts on this year’s theme: democracy and social mobility in a pluralistic society.
The summit, including a reception, exhibit hall and questions from the audience, was hosted by Chancellor Philip DiStefano, who gave opening remarks. DiStefano described the importance of coming together in the face of a nation and world that feels increasingly fractured.
“The distrust and the division that are so pervasive are also a reminder that yes, our democracy matters, and it’s worth preserving its tenets,” he said. DiStefano also talked about hope.
In short talks, guest speakers Violeta Chapin, Taylor Jaworski, Reiland Rabaka and John-Michael Rivera discussed topics ranging from undocumented people living in the United States to Martin Luther King Jr. 's concept of the beloved community. The conversations also touched on economic constraints versus prosperity and the emergence of Mexican America.
Questions from audience members covered intersectionality; the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program; the environment and economic growth; and ChatGPT.
Photos by Casey Cass/University of Colorado.