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Diversity Symposium explores the arts Sept. 17-19

September 5, 2013

Our 13th annual Diversity Symposium, "Experiencing and Understanding Diversity through Culture and the Arts," begins Sept. 17 and runs through Sept. 19. I encourage you to take advantage of this important opportunity to learn about and become engaged in issues that affect all of our lives and our work here at Colorado State University.

Please join us for one or more of the 24 concurrent sessions during the days of Sept. 17-19.  These interactive and informative experiences will reflect the theme of, "Experiencing and Understanding Diversity through Culture and the Arts," and are sure to inspire thoughtful conversations across campus.   

One session we’d like to highlight for this year, is a forum on Diversity of Political Thought.  Dr. John Straayer will be moderating a panel discussion on this topic, engaging voices from varying perspectives such as State Representative B.J. Nikkel and Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives, Mark Ferrandino.  The event will take place on Wednesday, September 18th from 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM in the Lory Student Center.  This event, and all others within the Diversity Symposium, is open to the public.      

This year, we are also expanding the Diversity Symposium to include evening performances at the University Center for the Arts. These will include performances by John Amos, the Black Pioneers in Music Performance, and a showcase of local talent at “Art in the Round.”   Tickets for these performances are free to the CSU community.  Please secure your tickets in advance.  (see website for instructions and General Public ticket prices). 

View a complete schedule of Diversity Symposium events.

Every year, the Diversity Symposium offers a unique opportunity not only to hear about different perspectives, but to dialogue and to talk to people who are experts in these areas. The Diversity Symposium also gives individuals the chance to broaden their perspectives and to ensure that conversations around diversity are moving forward. Hosting and participating in the Diversity Symposium are just a few ways that we all contribute toward CSU fulfilling its vision of inclusive excellence.

I encourage you to attend and to help in our efforts to spread the word and include even more of our campus community in this year’s Diversity Symposium.       


Mary Ontiveros, Vice President for Diversity