The 19th Annual CSU Diversity Symposium will be held October 14 – 18th, 2019.

Kimberle Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School and leading authority on intersectionality and critical race theory.
Kimberlé Crenshaw

We are thrilled to announce that this year’s Keynote Diversity Symposium speaker is Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw, professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School and leading authority in the areas of intersectionality, Civil Rights, black feminist legal theory, and race, racism, and the law. Her keynote will be held on Monday, October 14th at 6 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Ballrooms. Though this event is free of charge, tickets are required and will be available beginning September 3rd via

Doors will open at 5:30pm for the Keynote event and ticket holders will be seated first. Anyone without a ticket will be able to wait in a line to determine if extra seats are available.

The Keynote event will not be live-streamed.






For those unable to attend the Fireside Chat with President McConnell, Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros, and Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes on Wednesday, 10/16 from 4 – 5:30 p.m. there is a link available for livestreaming.

Full schedule available here and via the Guidebook downloadable app (Just search for Colorado State University).

Printable schedule (please note: for full abstracts for each session, view the online schedule)

To view the entire week schedule on the Guidebook web portal, simply click schedule, on the left hand column, and then use the arrows on the top right to toggle between days. Screenshots below:

Screenshot of the Guidebook 2019 Diversity Symposium website with schedule on the left hand column highlighted in red.                      Screenshot of the Guidebook 2019 Diversity Symposium website with a red circle highlighting the arrows for switching between days of the schedule.

About the Diversity Symposium

Beginning in 2001 with a one day event, the Diversity Symposium has now grown into a week-long conference featuring over 50 one-hour sessions relating to diversity and inclusion, cutting-edge research presentations, an entire day devoted to the Feminist Fight Club at CSU, a variety of keynote speakers, and a strand focused specifically on educators.

In addition to longer format talks, a highlight of CSU’s Diversity Symposium is CSU Inspire. This featured event brings 5 – 10 TED Talk-like sessions led by CSU faculty, staff, and students and focused on sharing engaging and inspiring initiatives happening on our campus in relation to social justice, in short 8-minute presentations.

The Diversity Symposium is free and open to the public. For any accommodations requests, please contact VPD Program Coordinator Alicia Sprague at or (970) 491-6544.


Call for Proposals

Thank you for your interest in presenting at the 2019 CSU Diversity Symposium. However, the deadline for proposal submission has now passed. The call for proposals for the 2020 CSU Diversity Symposium will be announced in Spring 2020.


Diversity Symposium Contact Information:

Alicia Sprague
Program Coordinator
(970) 491-6544


Videos of Past Diversity Symposium Sessions:


CSU Inspire

School of Education Keynote: Dr. Christine Sleeter, “Why Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory Matter for Education”

Featured Keynote: Dr. Damon A. Williams, Founding Architect of Inclusive Excellence