The 20th Annual CSU Diversity Symposium will be held in Fall 2020. Dates to be announced in Spring 2020.


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 (series of 8 minute TED talk style presentations)

Fireside Chat with President McConnell, Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros, and Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes discussing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at CSU past, present, and future



CSU Inspire (series of 8 minute TED talk style presentations)

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