The 2018 Social Justice Leadership Institute will be held on May 22nd and 23rd from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wedgewood Tapestry House in Laporte, Colorado. Cost for attendance is 250 dollars. Deadline to apply is May 11th at 5 p.m.

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity is pleased to announce our spring diversity workshop series for February – April, 2018 featuring speakers from the CSU community. Check back for more details and registration soon. While all workshops are free, registration assists us in planning purposes. All workshops will be held from 12 – 1:30 p.m. in LSC 382.

February 1st, 2018 – Rediscovering America: Understanding Indigenous History for Our Shared Futures, facilitated by Dr. Doreen E. Martinez, Dr. Margit Hentschel, Dr. Paula Yuma, and Jake Matlak

Description: The Rediscovering America workshop traces the historic and ongoing impacts of the Doctrine of Discovery and governmental engagements onto Native American peoples, communities and cultures. Our goal is to raise our level of knowledge and concern about these impacts, recognize them in ourselves and our institutions, and explore how we can begin to take actions towards our collective futures. Partners include Department of Ethnic Studies, Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research, and Center for Racial Justice Research and Advocacy. Click here to register.

March 27th, 2018 – “Parenting with Social Justice in Mind,” facilitated by Carmen Rivera and Monica Rivera

Description: This session will include parenting experts who have it all figured out and never ever mess anything up. Just kidding. Let’s be real, being a praent/guardian/auntie/influencer-of-small-humans is hard-freakin-work. From the seemingly constant need to educate them about All.Of.TheThings. (seriously, why can’t they come pre-programmed?) to the profound pressure to not only keep them alive but also grow them into the kind, compassionate and socially conscious adults needed to lead our movements. Even the most well-intentioned of us struggle for guidance when it comes to issues of privilege and oppression and most “parenting” books don’t take identity into account while doling out advice. In this session we will NOT give advice. Rather, we will explore some of the strategies that parents use while attempting to raise socially conscious humans. While this session isn’t only for parents, it is intended for folks who: 1. have (or will have) some level of direct influence over small humans as parents/family/guardians/teachers/babysitters/etc. and 2. come to the session with a baseline understanding of identity, power and privilege. Click here to register.

April 26th, 2018 – “Holding Tension Between Shame and Pride: Fat Identity Development Theory,” facilitated by Kodi Phelps

Description: While much scientific literature focuses on the ideas of stigma, health effects, and societal beauty standards, there is little research that attempts to develop a social identity model for those who identify as bigger bodied. As body positive movements continue to gain momentum and the conversation becomes more mainstream, Student Affairs professionals need to be educated and prepared in order to adequately serve student populations. This thesis project utilizes personal interviews, disability and sexuality identity development theories, and queer theory to create a potential framework for fat identity development theory while synthesizing information from existing literature on how fatphobic culture also shapes identity development. Click here to register.

The Creating Inclusive Excellence Program (CIEP) is offered every fall and spring semester and is geared toward State Classified Staff and Administrative Professionals. Our spring 2018 cohort is full. Please check back in March for registration for fall 2018. 

For more information on CIEP, click here.

Creating Inclusive Excellence Program Schedule Spring 2018

2/20/2018Workshop 1: Diversity and Inclusion at CSU (Opening Retreat)9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
3/6/2018Workshop 2: Unconscious Bias and Stereotyping9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
3/20/2018Workshop 3: Oppression and Isms9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
4/3/2018Workshop 4: Exploring Social Identity Construction9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
4/17/2018Workshop 5: Microaggressions and Inclusive Language9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
5/1/2018Workshop 6: Interrupting Oppression/Tools to Intervene/Closing9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

The Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence (FIIE) is offered every calendar year and is designed for faculty members. The program begins in the spring and runs through the fall of the next academic year. To register for the 2018 FIIE cohort, click here.

Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence Schedule 2018

1/26/2018Social/2017 Cohort Presentations1 - 4 p.m.
1/24/2018Session 112 - 5 p.m.
2/7/2018Session 22 - 5 p.m.
2/21/2018Session 32 - 5 p.m.
3/7/2018Session 42 - 5 p.m.
3/21/2018Session 52 - 5 p.m.
4/4/2018Session 62 - 5 p.m.
12/2018Closing Celebration and 2018 Cohort PresentationsTBD

We have limited availability each semester to offer customized and pre-designed trainings to individual campus departments. Please contact the Office’s Training Coordinator, Alicia Sprague, at with requests.

Each semester the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, in conjunction with the department of Training and Organizational Development, offers Inclusive Excellence courses for supervisors. These courses are part of the mandatory supervisory training courses. More information can be found here.

Safe Zone Training

The Safe Zone program is intended to reduce homophobia and heterosexism at CSU, making our campuses a safer environment for all members of our community regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Safe Zone Trainings are hosted by the Pride Resource Center. More information, including available dates for the trainings, can be found here.

The Social Justice Leadership Institute is an annual 2-day event intended to engage leadership at Colorado State University in an experiential in-depth social justice training and to build awareness and skills toward infusing diversity and inclusion best practices into the life of a University.

Cost: $250, all meals and materials will be provided.

Date: May 22nd and 23rd, 2018, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Tapestry House, 3212 N. Overland Trail, Laporte, Colorado

Facilitator: Dr. Kathy Obear 

To register, click here.