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Diversity Symposium Sept. 20-22

September 14, 2011

Drop in on the Diversity Symposium this year and choose a speaker or topic that intrigues and challenges you -- from a student talking about an alternative break in Tucson, Arizona, in which she learned about the dehumanization of migrants; to a discussion about a Quaker method for responding to remarks that trigger our emotions; to an expert on genocide in Burundi, East Africa, who explores how we can keep our humanity intact through the worst of times.

Michele Norris, host of NPR's 'All Things Considered,' will give the 2011 Diversity Symposium's keynote address. Norris has received many honors in journalism for her insight into American culture and social issues.September 20-22
Lory Student Center
9 a.m.-7 p.m.

The very first diversity symposium at Colorado State was held in 2001 and was a one-day, off-campus event.  Over the years, conference themes have changed with the times to spark discussion about diversity.

The challenge to be civil

Specially selected presenters lead workshops or host panels to create a safe place for conference attendees to explore issues surrounding race, color, gender, disability, religion, national origin, economical standing, and sexual orientation.

Once again, this year's conference hosts inspirational and provocative guest speakers who address the 2011 symposium's theme: The Challenge of Civility.

Topics diverse and relevant

Here's a sampling of some of the programs:

  • Michele Norris, co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered and recipient of many honors in journalism for her insight into American culture and social issues, will give the keynote address.  

  • Former state of Colorado Congressmen Bob Beauprez and David Skaggs will discuss the rise of acrimony and hostility in American politics today and whether there is anything that can be done to solve the issue. 

  • A University Distinguished Teaching Scholar will discuss ideas for raising children so that they understand privilege and diversity in the complex world we live in.  

  • An assistant professor in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will talk about the agenda of Arab youth in uprisings and evidence that their motive is to push for the implementation of a civil society that respects the rights of its citizens.

  • The director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and an assistant professor in Ethnic Studies will facilitate a viewing of a film that examines the intersecting roles that students and faculty from marginalized racial/ethnic backgrounds play in a university system.

  • A panel will discuss civility in the workplace, encouraging the audience to give examples of interventions and positive behaviors that moved a work group from a less civil to more civil environment.

  • An interactive discussion on color blindness versus color awareness will include key definitions of racism and color blindness; ask the audience to reflect on personal beliefs; and seek to enhance understanding of how institutional racism impacts students in university setting.

See the complete program and schedule.

Contact: Rod Higgins