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2020 Diversity Symposium

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity is pleased to announce the 20th Annual Diversity Symposium will be held October 19 – 23, 2020 via a virtual platform.

The 2020 Symposium is FREE and open to all Colorado State University faculty, staff, and students. Due to security and capacity limitations, the virtual Diversity Symposium is not available to individuals outside of the CSU community.

Registration for the 2020 Diversity Symposium is now closed. Registered attendees will receive Daily Digest emails beginning on October 15, 2020.

To access the schedule, follow the link using your CSU eID. 

2020 Diversity Symposium Preview

The following information is just a small preview of what you can expect at this year’s virtual Diversity Symposium. For the entire schedule, including Zoom links, descriptions, session times, and more, please access the full website behind the CSU eID password portal.

Diversity Symposium Keynote: Dr. Melina Abdullah

The 2020 Diversity Symposium Planning Committee is thrilled to announce our keynote speaker, Dr. Melina Abdullah. Dr. Abdullah is a recognized expert on race, gender, class, and social movements. 

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Diversity Symposium Keynote: Claudia Rankine

The 2020 Diversity Symposium Planning Committee has partnered with the Rams Read committee to feature a second keynote speaker, Claudia Rankine. Rankine is an acclaimed and celebrated author of several titles, including Citizen: An American Lyric, which is the selected book for the Rams Read program.

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We Are the Radical Monarchs Film

In partnership with the ACT Film Festival and the CSU Communications Studies department, the Diversity Symposium Planning Committee are excited to offer all registered attendees access to the film We Are the Radical Monarchs.

The film will be available for viewing October 16 – 22

Registered attendees will receive an email with the viewing link and password on October 16 and can watch the film at any point within the viewing timeline, from the comfort of their home and with their families if they choose. 

  • Film description: A group of tween girls chant into megaphones, marching in the San Francisco Trans March. Fists clenched high, they wear brown berets and vests showcasing colorful badges like “Black Lives Matter” and “Radical Beauty.” Meet the Radical Monarchs, a group of young girls of color at the front lines of social justice. Set in Oakland, a city with a deep history of social justice movements, the film documents the journey of the group as they earn badges for completing units including being an LGBTQ ally, preserving the environment, and disability justice. Started by two fierce, queer women of color, we follow them as they face the challenge to grow the organization, both pre and post the 2016 election.


Diversity Symposium Contact:

Alicia Sprague
Program Coordinator
(970) 491-6544

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,  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 alicia.sprague@colostate.edu or (970) 491-6544.