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September 2018

Summit Registration

September 21 @ 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Tivoli Turnhalle Atrium
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Welcome Remarks

September 21 @ 8:00 AM - 8:15 AM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)
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Morning Keynote – State Representative Leslie Herod

September 21 @ 8:15 AM - 9:15 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Representative Leslie Herod represents House District 8 in Northeast Denver, in State House of Representatives. Capturing over 38,000 votes in 2016, Representative Herod received the highest number of votes for any state house candidate running in a contested race. Representative Herod is the first African American LGBT candidate elected to the State Legislature. Representative Herod’s extensive experience in social services, criminal justice, mental health, and anti-poverty issues has led her to be at the forefront of setting progressive policy and…

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ArtAblity Exhibit

September 21 @ 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tivoli 320’s Lounge
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Accommodation to Access

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320A

The session will explore the difference between access and accommodation and how a shift in focus to access supports more inclusive and accessible learning environments for all students. The session presenters will look at a proactive collaborative model that Access Center has used to address accommodation and access issues, including feedback from faculty who engaged in this model during previous academic semesters. We will explore areas of continued challenge and positive changes that were identified from focusing on access (versus…

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Cybersecurity for Activists and Marginalized Identities

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 442

Learn cybersecurity for personal use and best practices in depth from a marginalized lens to stay safe in a police-monitored modern world. This session is designed to outline the basics and more in-depth knowledge for personal security online and offline in a digital world. It will be beneficial to beginners and more advanced tech users, and is designed to help folks with marginalized identities protect themselves. Audience members are encouraged to provide questions during and at the end, and examples…

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The New “Equal Pay”: New Legal Rules and Approaches for Identifying (and Fixing) Pay Discrimination

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320C

Federal and state governments have been slowing changing the definition of “pay discrimination” in an effort to close the persistent gender “pay gap.” The effort has been supercharged in 2018 by the #MeToo movement and stories of sexual harassment that dominate headlines. Indeed, recent studies show decades of sexual harassment exacerbated the gender pay gap. The result among thought leaders is a whole new set of best practices for setting starting salaries, monitoring pay ranges across similar positions, broadening conceptions…

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The Invisible Youth: Transitional Services for Foster Youth in Higher Education

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320B

Last year over 687,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care system, a disproportionate number of these children are minorities, LGBTQ+, and from low-income families. Each year 20,000 children age out of the system, their transition to higher education is more difficult than their peers. Only 25% will graduate high school and 2% complete college. Youth in foster care face a series of unique barriers to entering and completing post-secondary education including inadequate academic preparation, limited support, financial challenges, ongoing…

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Racial Battle Fatigue: When Diversity Prompts Hostility

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 440

Research opines the layered effects of racial microaggressions leads to Racial Battle Fatigue. Audience members will have the opportunity to interact with each other and the presenters in a safe space crafted specifically to assist with facilitating an open learning discussion around the challenging topic of race. This interactive presentation will elucidate on the research, real-life examples, and the impact on inclusiveness in education, government and corporate settings at both the individual and systematic levels.

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Pretty Fly for a WiFi

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320B

Full participation in higher education requires access to the internet. Unfortunately, many of our students cannot afford this service in their homes. To help address this problem, the Auraria Library began circulating Wifi Hotspots that students can check out like a book and bring home with them for weeks at a time. This session outlines the program above and how it can be adopted by other institutions. Also addressed is how the technical infrastructure we invest in communicates who value…

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Connect Your Networks

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Comcast Media and Technology Center

This fast-paced roundtable focused on networking and paid internships in the areas of Media, Entertainment, Technology and more; presented by the Emma Bowen Foundation (EBF). Founded in 1989 to diversify the media industry by giving talented students of color the opportunity to intern at some of the nation’s leading media companies. During its history, the Foundation has provided internships for more than 1,000 students of color. EBF builds on its legacy by continuing to connect promising students of color to…

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Invisible and Invincible: What It’s Like to Be Homeless in College

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320B

This HEDS talk features both a university professor who researches homelessness among college students, and a student who overcame her own homelessness while completing her undergraduate education. Together, they share information about housing insecurity among college students—its prevalence, risk factors, related challenges, and recommended resources. Through increased awareness of the issues affecting students who experience homelessness while attending college, program attendees will become better able to advocate for campus and community change.

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I Will Love Myself, No Permission or Explanations Required

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320B

Depending on where you are or end up being “different” will require you to stand alone in openly expressing your beliefs and values. In a setting of higher education where growth and development gets to its tipping point, and advocacy for ourselves and each other is crucial, the process of accepting our identities and being unapologetic of who we are should very much be at the forefront. This talk will explain how our unique, raw experiences need to be owned…

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Diversity Councils as Collaborative Spaces: Bringing Students, Faculty, and Staff Together to Action

September 21 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 444

Using the example of the Council on Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver, this session has two goals: highlighting the important work of Diversity and Inclusion Councils and exploring the accomplishments of regular collaboration among faculty, students, and staff. It is unusual among university committees to have all three constituencies represented together. Applying this exemplar, Diversity and Inclusion committees can model inclusive excellence in collaborative projects for advocacy and action across the university. Participants in the session…

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College/Career Success: How Institutes of Higher Education Can Help All Groups of Students Succeed

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 444

This interactive session, grounded in decades of college student retention research and what we know about educational equity for diverse groups of learners. It will cover a number of research-based strategies, from the simple to the complex, that are related to persistence and success for all groups of students. College readiness, correlates of student persistence, effective supports, and strategic interventions will be explored in detail. Participants will discuss real-world scenarios at great length, and will have the opportunity to network…

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Challenges and Conquests for the Neurodiverse Brain, Distinctively Diverse

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 442

Students with Neurodiverse brain wiring often found in the Autism Spectrum, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Tourettes and other conditions usually exhibit Executive Function Challenges that can seriously impact their ability to learn from more traditional methods. In spite of these challenges, they often possess unique gifts and talents and might excel in one or more areas not often identified in academic settings.

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Art as Activism: LGBT History of Colorado and Storytelling Through Art

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 320A

Art changes culture, and stories around art can change the world. Yet the process of art making constructs knowledge, disarms potentially hostile groups, and allows the artist to become a story teller. The material culture left behind carries the story with it, and increases the importance of the story. The act of art making becomes activist by fighting ignorance around marginalized stories.

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1 out of 4: A Campus Community Response to Interpersonal Violence

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 320C

In this session, attendees will join the national conversation surrounding interpersonal violence (IPV) through a focus on both the individual and community impact that IPV has on students, academic success, and college campuses as a whole. This workshop will incorporate research regarding impact and evidence based and promising practices to challenge the norms surrounding IPV.

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“Everyday Advocacy” You don’t have to be an activist to be an agent of change

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 440

This session will identify the need and uncover the simple ability for all of us to be advocates for the underrepresented and marginalized populations surrounding us everyday. Throughout this session we hope to; unpack the need for more advocates, discuss the basics of being a social justice advocate, engage in discussions and research the helps support the need for everyday advocates. Through engaging discussions, interactive activities, and self-reflection we will push participants to spark new ideas and practical tactics to…

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Elevate at ACC: The Development of Inclusive Higher Education Programs Across Colorado

September 21 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 320B

In July of 2016, Senate Bill 16-196 overwhelmingly passed to designate legislative funding for the development of inclusive higher education programs for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) at three Colorado colleges: ACC, UNC, and UCCS. Prior to, Colorado was one of only four states in the nation that did not offer such opportunities to this population of students. Join us to learn more about the development of Elevate at ACC and to explore the national best practices for…

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Lunch Keynote – US Representative Jared Polis

September 21 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Jared Polis is an independent leader who uses his private and public sector experience to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges facing Colorado and the nation. First elected to represent Colorado’s Second Congressional District in 2008, Polis serves on the powerful Committee on Rules, the Committee on Education and the Workforce, the Committee on Ethics, and the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee. Polis believes that education is the single most meaningful investment America can make in its economic future…

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Multicultural Education in the Age of Trump: The Role of Advocacy

September 21 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 440

Multicultural Education in the Age of Trump will offer a perspective through the lenses of critical race theory on the importance of multicultural education from K-College in bridging the racial divide taking place in American society. The highlight of the presentation will be based on the work done by the presenters as they engaged with the Colorado State Legislature in advocating for Support HB17-1022 that supports the inclusion of multicultural education in K-12 Colorado Schools. This will be followed by…

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MSU Faculty-Produced Video Vignettes that Bring Diversity into the University Classroom

September 21 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 320B

Being Muslim in America: Acts of Courage and Healing; Being Muslim in America: An Afghan American Family Story; Cubaneo: Embodying Resilience are three films that tell personal stories that capture the experience of diversity, hope and resilience in American Muslims and in Cubans after the breakup of the Soviet Union.

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Inclusive Speech Acts: How Your Words Change our Community, Campus, and Classroom Climate

September 21 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 444

Between our intention to practice inclusive excellence, and our impact on changing campus (and classroom) climate, lies our use of language. When we move from words to actions, do we always say (or do) what we mean? Join us for a participatory workshop: 1) to learn about the difference between non-discriminatory and inclusive language; 2) to reflect on action-based uses of language; and 3) to develop a vocabulary that speaks our values.

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Impacting Perceptions: Increase self-awareness to build self-love and unity

September 21 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 320C

We project what is within, which is why this transformative workshop consists of activities to explore how we see and what choices we make because of those beliefs. During this interactive experience we uncover origins that shaped our perceptions influencing choices with detrimental or beneficial results. We provide empowerment strategies to heal from harmful experiences and rid ourselves of destructive conditioning in regard to social identities in order to break unhealthy habits, attain self-love and build empathy and sincere relationships.…

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Has Diversity Reached A Tipping Point, If so What are We Trying to Achieve?

September 21 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 320A

During the 21st century diversity and equity are have been fundamental goals of higher education and valuable resources for learning for all students across cultural differences, vital to democracy and a democratic workforce and to the global position and wellbeing of the United States. The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) has made a firm commitment to make excellence inclusive, and to bring the benefits of education to all students is rooted deeply in commitment to a diverse, informed,…

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Deconstructing Bias in Higher Education Situations: Strategies for Increasing Conversational Power

September 21 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 442

So many of us in higher education struggle with the same thing – how to speak up to bias in school. We have all been there – we witness a microaggression or other forms of bias and do nothing. Why is that? This session explains what power has to do with the ability to speak up. It shares 4 ways to increase power within your own context so that you might be able to speak up to bias.

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Beyond the Basics: LGBT+ 101 and Adopting a Queer Lens for the Classroom, Workplace, and Beyond

September 21 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 320B

In this workshop created and facilitated by queer youth, you’ll get the 101 (and 201!) on LGBT+ vocab, learn about ideologies around heterosexism and queer theory and talk about them in relation to your own identity, and connect to action steps and resources including a 5-page document about “How to Be an Ally.” The goal of this session is not only to understand “others,” but to shift paradigms and reflect on privilege/oppression in a meaningful way.

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Young, Brown, and Loud

September 21 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 440

This presentation targets young professionals of color and the pressures of working in an academic world often steeped in whiteness, patriarchy, and individualist values. Come join the conversation on how to develop your campus support systems, stay true to your identities and values, and network with other young professionals of color trying to challenge systems of oppression, all while trying to avoid burn-out in the world of higher education. Speakers are both young Latinx professionals with big ambitions.

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What Are You? Supporting Multiracial Students on Campus

September 21 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 444

The Multiracial population is the fastest growing population according to the US Census, growing three times faster than the US population. With that in mind, how do we support multiracial students as they navigate education systems created for monoracial students? What are best practices to advocate and be an ally to multiracial students? What are some of the systemic barriers multiracial students face in education?

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The Undocupeers Training – Advocating for DREAMer Students on College Campuses

September 21 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 320A

This session will review how the Undocupeers Training – developed by United We Dream and implemented by colleges across the U.S. – helps Metropolitan State University of Denver in its mission to better serve Undocumented and DACA students. This session will review the history, scope, and structure of the 4-hour training and will provide some relevant data and examples of activities that are part of Undocupeers. The presenters will also address modifications to the training following recent changes to federal…

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The Four Roles of Social Change

September 21 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 442

In the session we will discuss power and privilege while exploring and examining the four roles of social change: helpers, rebel, advocate and organizer. Participants will reflect on their identity as social change agents and discuss ways that they can enhance one another’s social justice work at their campus community and beyond.

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Standing Up for Social Justice on Campus in Times of Fear and Hatred

September 21 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 320A

Today, we are bombarded with news about hate crimes or violent acts that are directed towards those that we have been taught to fear. When such incidents happen on campus, each of us is called upon to stand up but many of us do not know what to say or do in response. Throughout this workshop, we will explore how to foster a culturally competent and sensitive academic community that is able to embrace and respond to diversity. This session…

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ArtAbility and Closing Reception

September 21 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tivoli 320’s Lounge
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