The Diversity Symposium Planning Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2021 Diversity Symposium, being tentatively held October 25 – 29, 2021.

Due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic and the uncertainty regarding events in the fall, the Planning Committee has decided that the 2021 Diversity Symposium will be held in a virtual setting. 

The selection committee reserves the right to select sessions which align with the mission and vision of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity.

All proposals, including a session abstract and a presenter bio, are due by Friday, June 11, 2021. 

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  • Under job title, please enter 'student' if the presenter is a CSU student
    First NameLast NameJob TitleOrganization 
  • Comprehensive of all presenters listed above. 100 words or less per presenter.
  • Presentation Information

    Diversity Symposium presentations are scheduled for 90 minute windows. Presenters can use this time in whichever way makes the most sense for their topic, such as 75 minutes of presentation followed by 15 minutes of Q&A, 60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of optional discussion afterwords, etc.
  • Please indicate which audiences within the CSU community would be most interested in your presentation topic, such as faculty, staff, students, graduate students, community members, educators, mentors, supervisors, everyone, etc.
  • Please demonstrate what you plan to present, including broad topics, discussion prompts, small group time, whether the presentation is interactive or lecture-style, etc.
  • Please choose the topic(s) or term(s) to best describe your session to assist attendees in selecting sessions that best fit their interest areas (select all of the categories that are relevant to your presentation). If you would like to add a category, please check "other" and fill out the box below.
  • Presentation Format

    Due to the ever-changing nature of the pandemic and the uncertainty regarding events in the fall, the Planning Committee has decided that the 2021 Diversity Symposium will be held in a virtual setting via Zoom and pre-recorded videos. To assist our team with proposal selections and format decisions, the following questions indicate your willingness to present in two different formats: pre-recorded virtual and live virtual. Please answer yes to the formats you are open to presenting in.
  • Please select all days and times which work for your schedule during this year's Diversity Symposium. **For presenters interested in a pre-recorded session, we still ask that you indicate your availability, as final session format will be decided by the Planning Committee based on interest, capacity, and accessibility.
  • Are you interested in being a 2021 CSU Inspire speaker? CSU Inspire is a featured event of the Diversity Symposium, bringing together 5-10 TED Talk-like sessions led by CSU faculty, staff, and students. Topics are focused on sharing engaging and inspiring initiatives happening on our campus and/or personal stories in relation to social justice, in short 8-minute presentations. Know of someone who would be a great CSU Inspire speaker? Email nominations to
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Proposal Submissions

We ask presenters to consider trending topics of diversity in higher education; BIPoC communities and support; religious inclusion; anti-racism initiatives and efforts; Trans and non-binary communities and support; current national and international dynamics; and topics directly relating to diversity initiatives at Colorado State. Sessions will be selected based on the criteria below:

Session criteria

  • Creativity is important in presentation style, format and title. Consider that participants will have a wide variety of learning styles. Highly participatory sessions are generally better received; please remember to include time for discussion.
  • Attendees at the conference will consist of traditional and non-traditional age college students, community members, faculty, and staff. Please be sure to designate your target audience.
  • Priority consideration will be given to proposals that cite peer-reviewed academic sources in the development of session content.
  • Please note, session windows are 90 minutes in length. 

Diversity Symposium Contact:

Alicia Sprague
Program Coordinator
(970) 491-6544