2017 Colorado State University Diversity Symposium

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity at Colorado State University warmly welcomes you to join us at the 17th annual CSU Diversity Symposium! The Symposium will be held September 25-29 in the Lory Student Center. We are proud to offer the highest number of sessions at a Symposium yet with a multitude of relevant and engaging diversity and inclusion-oriented topics for both campus and the wider community.

Inspired by our land-grant heritage, Colorado State University is committed to excellence in inclusion and access and in welcoming, valuing, and affirming all members of our community. The Diversity Symposium provides a forum for us all to engage in this mission. It is a chance to broaden perspectives, talk to experts and celebrate both our similarities and our differences.

All sessions are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary.

Parking Information: http://pts.colostate.edu/visitors/

Diversity Symposium Contact Information:

Alicia Sprague
Training Coordinator
(970) 491-6544

Keynote Addresses

Jessica Bennett, Monday, September 25th

LSC Ballroom D, 1 – 2:15 p.m.

As part of its ongoing effort to improve the campus climate for all, Colorado State University has become the first institution of higher education to launch a “Feminist Fight Club” on campus. Jessica Bennett, award-winning journalist and author of Feminist Fight Club, will be helping CSU launch this new initiative with a fireside chat on challenging subtle sexism in the workplace as well as a book signing and workshops.


Dr. Claude Steele, Tuesday, September 26th

LSC Theatre, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

Dr. Steele is a U.S. social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance, he is the author of the 2010 book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.


Symbols and History of Lynching in America, Wednesday, September 27th

LSC Theatre, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

The College of Liberal Arts, in conjunction with the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, Departments of Communication Studies, Ethnic Studies, History, and the Black-African American Cultural Center, invites you to join us for presentations and group discussion on the symbols and history of lynching in America. In addition to discussions, a 33 minute documentary about lynching in the American South, titled An Outrage, and a post-event reception will be held.


Dr. Christine Sleeter, Thursday, September 28th

LSC Theatre, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Dr. Christine Sleeter is an author, speaker, teacher, and activist who uses creative work to spark insight about respect for the diverse people who share space in classrooms, schools, and communities, and to prompt action for equity and justice. She is also the author of Un-Standardizing Curriculum and White Bread. Her talk is titled “Why Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory Matter for Education.”


Dr. Damon A. Williams, Friday, September 29th

LSC Theatre, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Damon A. Williams is an award-winning scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, empowering a new generation of diverse leaders for America. He is also a founding architect of the Inclusive Excellence concept and author of the 2013 book Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education.