The 19th annual Diversity Symposium — set for Oct. 14-18 — features more than 50 sessions related to diversity and inclusion incorporating faculty research presentations.
This year’s Diversity Symposium at Colorado State University features a full lineup of engaging sessions and speakers on diversity and inclusion-oriented topics for the campus and community.
The annual event — set for Oct. 14-18 at the Lory Student Center — includes more than 50 sessions and is free and open to the public.
Highlights include a keynote presentation by Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, on Oct. 14. On Oct. 16, CSU President Joyce McConnell and Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros will sit down for a fireside chat to discuss diversity, equity and inclusion efforts at CSU, past, present and future.
“As we find ourselves in the ever-changing landscape of national demographics, shifting priorities, and real tensions, the Diversity Symposium acts as an outlet to participate in critical discourse, learn new skills to engage in diversity and inclusion efforts, and celebrate the many initiatives we have invested in as a community,” Ontiveros said. “Diversity and inclusion are essential values of our modern land-grant mission and now, perhaps more than ever, we need to embrace these values as a community.”
Other featured speakers include CSU alumnus Arthur L. Valdez Jr., executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer at Target, who will give his presentation on Oct. 15.
A featured session on Friday includes a panel discussion on anti-Semitism. The Oct. 18 session will cover a proposed action plan for preventing anti-Semitism on campus and includes panelists from the University and the Anti-Defamation League.
Crenshaw’s event is ticketed and ticket holders will be seated first. While currently sold out, If extra space is available, people without tickets will be seated.
Diversity Symposium schedule highlights
Monday, Oct. 14 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
Assistant Vice President for Gender Equity Cori Wong shares lessons learned and the vision ahead for the Feminist Fight Club at CSU at 9 a.m. in LSC Ballroom D, followed by activities and sessions hosted by FFC@CSU members.
Kimberlé Crenshaw, a professor of law at UCLA and Columbia Law School, gives a keynote presentation on intersectionality at 6 p.m. in LSC Ballrooms C/D.
This talk is currently sold out. Attendees with tickets will be seated first. If extra space is available, people without tickets will be seated.
Tuesday, Oct. 15 (9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
CSU alumnus Arthur L. Valdez Jr. (’92), executive vice president and chief supply chain and logistics officer at Target, gives his keynote presentation at 11 a.m. in LSC Ballroom D. Lunch is provided.
At 4 p.m., in the LSC Theatre, the Career Center hosts “Diversity Connect: An Inclusive Career Event, presented by Target.” This event offers CSU students, alumni, and student organizations an opportunity to make connections with employers interested in expanding their workforce by hiring CSU Rams from diverse backgrounds and traditionally underrepresented populations.
Wednesday, Oct. 16 (9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.)
CSU Inspire is at 11:30 a.m. in LSC Ballroom D, which features talks by faculty and staff on research on diversity and inclusion in short, 8-minute presentations. Lunch is provided. Speakers include Roe Bubar, Helena Gardner, Kris Barz Mendonça, Patrice Palmer, Meg Skeehan and Caridad Souza.
CSU President Joyce McConnell and Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros sit down for a fireside chat on diversity at 4 p.m. in the LSC Theatre.
Thursday, Oct. 17 (9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)
A keynote panel at 6:30 p.m. from the Race and Intersectional Studies for Educational Equity (RISE) Center discusses the need for educational partnerships, praxis, and radical leadership to transform education for intersectional racial justice and equity. An Education strand throughout the day hosts sessions that focus on diversity topics that are of interest and importance to educators.
Friday, Oct. 18 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
Sessions cover a variety of diversity, equity, and inclusion topics ranging from social justice mediation to intersectional feminism.
The “Preventing Anti-Semitism: Introduction to the Proposed Action Plan” is scheduled for 2:30-4 p.m. Lory Student Center Room 382. The session covers a proposed action plan for preventing anti-Semitism on campus and includes panelists from the University and the Anti-Defamation League.
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CSU Diversity Symposium
Date: Oct. 14-18, 2019
Location: Lory Student Center
The symposium is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Schedule available via the Office of the Vice President for Diversity website and via the Guidebook app.