The 2018 Colorado State University High School Diversity Conference will be held on Wednesday, April 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Registration now open.

Do you have high school students interested in learning about diversity and social justice as it pertains to their individual identities and institutionally? Are your students interested in exploring the definition of diversity and what it means to be inclusive? If so…

We invite you and your Colorado high school students to participate in the 2018 High School Diversity Conference. This conference is designed to highlight the topic of diversity through experiential learning and innovative practices. The High School Diversity Conference will take place on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018 at the Lory Student Center on CSU’s Fort Collins Campus. The goal of this event is to provide high school students with a safe environment to challenge stereotypes and biases; develop an appreciation and understanding of diversity; and empower individuals and organizations to build vibrant, diverse and inclusive environments.

Each year a variety of sessions are held to explore issues surrounding race, socioeconomic status, gender, physical abilities, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation.The sessions are designed to develop and enhance diversity, awareness, knowledge, and leadership skills for students in the 9th through 12th grades. So, bring forth the young minds of Colorado and give them the opportunity to further educate themselves on the constantly changing demographics of the world.


Registration is now open for the 2018 High School Diversity Conference. Please click here to register.

Call for Proposals

Proposals are no longer being accepted for the 2018 High School Diversity Conference. To view our final sessions, click here.

More Information

Please continue to visit our website for updates and registration information.  If you would like more information about the conference or have any questions, please contact Wendy True at (970) 491-4718 or via email or use our online contact us form.

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Lory Student Center, Colorado State University


9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Check-in

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. Welcome and Opening Keynote

10:35 – 11:20 a.m. Session 1

11:25 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. Session 2

12:10 – 12:30 p.m.  Lunch

12:30 – 1:00 p.m. Closing Keynote

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Optional CSU Tour

2018 CSU High School Diversity Conference Sessions

Presentation TitlePresentersDescription
What Do You Meme That's Not Funny?
Andre Roberts, Jeffrey Mariano
Snapchat. Instagram. Twitter. Facebook. The list continues of various social media platforms that make us laugh and cry. But do we ever take the time to reflect on what we are watching and analyze the possible issues of them? Join us in this interactive session where we look at various popular and viral post, memes, and videos from the past years and ask ourselves, "is that really funny?"
Visible Voices Panel
Armani Flemings-Pride
Our goal for the Visible Voices Program is to educate individuals about what it means to be gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex or an ally of LGBTQQI people and communities. We aim to dispel myths and stereotypes about LGBTQQI people in order to build understanding and acceptance through open and honest dialogue. Everyone is welcome!
Let's Talk About Scholarship: Strategies and the Importance of Sharing Your Stories
Asuka Nosaka
In this session, we will review resources on how to find scholarships, go over the do's and don'ts when researching and applying, as well as explore the importance of sharing your stories during the application process. It's never too early to start thinking about this process, so let's start building a strong foundation for finding scholarships to help pay for college!
Gender Boxes
Whitney Gustafson and Margot Rheinhardt
Gender boxes is an interactive presentation that explores the societal constructions, constraints, and expectations of “men” and “women.”
You Can Make an yMPCT!
Cindy O'Donnell-Allen and research team
 In this session, participants will learn from a group of diverse high school youth, their teacher allies, CSU student mentors, and CSU faculty who are involved in the “Youth Making Positive Changes Together” (yMPCT) program. The panel will describe how they have used youth participatory action research (YPAR) methods to investigate important youth issues faced by historically marginalized students in order to make transformative change in their schools and communities.
Me and My Perceptions: Bias Awareness
Lucy Delgado
We all have assumptions about others. What are they? When do they show up? How do these stereotypes affect our perceptions? This interactive workshop with a twist will allow participants to openly engage their perceptions and create more self-awareness.
Feminist Fight Moves for the Classroom
Jovan Rivera-Lovato
Feminist Fight Moves for the Classroom is an interactive presentation that aims to empower students to take an understanding of power, privilege, and oppression and apply it in the classroom by addressing problematic behaviors. This experience will teach students to collaborate with and support other students by addressing social issues in their education and classroom experiences.
Immigrant Digital Stories
Cynthia Santos and Alexandra Aldana
This session, led by a panel of undergraduate students, will explore diversity through the stories of immigrants. Stories of immigrants show us that people from all backgrounds share in similar struggles. Many times, it seems that the stories that people hear of immigrants can be seen so far away from one’s own life. However, it does not matter if a person has had generations of living in the United States they will find that the stories of their ancestors to be like immigrants today. Building connections to people from all backgrounds and immigrant stories can help with any walls that exist.

Registration for the 2018 High School Diversity Conference is now open! Please submit the form below to register.

High School Diversity Conference School Registration Form

Thank you for your interest in the Colorado State University High School Diversity Conference! Registration is on a first come first serve basis. To ensure that the High School Diversity Conference is accessible to as many students as possible we ask that schools limit the number of attendees to 25 per school. The deadline to register is March 10th, 2018. If you would like to register for your respective high school, please fill out the form below.
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