Women of Color Summit set for June 7

Portrait of Elizabeth Suarez
Elizabeth Suarez

The Women of Color and Allies Summit takes place June 7, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Tapestry House in LaPorte. The annual retreat, sponsored by the Women of Color and Allies Network, is focused on women’s issues, paying special attention this year to negotiation, mediation and community building as it relates to women of color.

The summit is free to CSU employees; registration is available online through the Office of Equal Opportunity. The Tapestry House is located at 3212 N. Overland Trail, about 7 miles north of The Oval. 

This year’s speakers are Elizabeth Suarez, nationally recognized Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategist, director of the HERS Summer Institute in Denver, and a bilingual mediator with extensive experience in high education; and Lumina Albert, assistant professor of management in the CSU College of Business and a Fellow of the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence.


  • 8:30 a.m. Breakfast and Welcome
  • 9 a.m. Featured Morning Session: Elizabeth Suarez
  • 12:00 Lunch and Community Building
  • 1 p.m. Featured Session: Lumina Albert
  • 3 p.m. Closing Activity – will end by 4 p.m.

According to Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros, the summit is the result of a process that began about four years ago and was initiated by Dr. Maricela DeMyrjyn, a faculty member in Ethnic Studies and member of CSU’s President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity.  Through her efforts, women graduate students, faculty and staff of color participated in leadership and professional development activities.  The Summit now continues through the work of the Women of Color and Allies Network. 

The Women of Color Annual Summit is sponsored by the Women of Color and Allies Network; Office of the Vice President for Diversity; Office of Equal Opportunity; Kathryn T. Bohannon Speaker Series; Women and Gender Advocacy Center (WGAC); The Graduate School; President’s Commission on Women and Gender Equity.