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January 2017

Calling All Drag Performers and Makeup Artists!

January 25, 2017 - February 10, 2017

The LGBTQ student resource center is searching for drag royalty and makeup artists to help with our annual drag show and rainbow alley fundraiser, "Love is a Drag." The event will be the afternoon of February 14th in the Tivoli Turnhall. If you are interested, please email rmayhew2@msudenver.edu, or drop by Tivoli 213 by If you are interested, please email rmayhew2@msudenver.edu, or drop by Tivoli 213 by February 10th to sign-up!

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Spring Welcome Back

January 31, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 213

A great way to kick off the new semester! Find out about our services, meet our staff, & enjoy FREE FOOD.

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February 2017

Cross Cultural Connections

February 7, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Join us this week for Cross Cultural Connections where we will discuss the impact of the newest executive orders. This will be a space where we can be a community with one another and provide support. Lunch will be provided.

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Food for Thought

February 8, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Guest speakers will present on topics related to diversity, identity, history, and social justice issues. Food will be provided.

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Black & Asian Identity

February 8, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Come to our Food For Thought discussion surrounding the mixed identities of Black and Asian ethnicities and what it means to be multiracial. The panel will include Sylvia Smith, Priscilla Rahn, and James Speed. Come join the discussion and panel! Free food will be provided.

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Council of Asian Student Leaders (CASL)

February 9, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tivoli 444

Come join us for fun ice breakers, delicious food, and to listen to guest speakers. You will gain leadership and professional development skills to support your career, personal, and academic success.

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Sex Positivity Week

February 13, 2017
Tivoli 440

An event geared to bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices.

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Love is a Drag/Day of Drag

February 14, 2017 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A fundraiser for Rainbow Alley featuring workshops and a fabulous drag show.

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Sex Positivity Week

February 15, 2017
Tivoli 440

An event geared to bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices.

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Sex Positivity Week

February 16, 2017
Tivoli 440

An event geared to bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices.

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75th Anniversary of the Executive Order 9066

February 19, 2017 @ 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
History Colorado Center

Day of Remembrance 2017 commemorates the 75th anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 that enabled the wartime incarceration of 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry in 10 "Internment camps" across the country. The program will be a discussion of the post-war resettlement of Incarcerated Japanese Americans in Colorado. Lane Hirabayashi UCLA Professor Emeritus and author of Japanese American Resettlement through the Lens, will lead the discussion, along with Adele Arakawa KUSA-TV news anchor. Photographs from Dr. Hirbayashi's book will be on exhibit in the Atrium.…

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Asian/Pacific American Issues Through the Lens

February 22, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Watch excerpts of movies of videos to launch into a discussion on AAPI issues on identity, stereotypes, history, family dynamics, and more.

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2017 AAPI Listening Session

February 23, 2017 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West
Denver, Colorado 80205

Denver Asian American Pacific Islander hosts a Listening Session.

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Diversity Networking Event

February 28, 2017 @ 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Tivoli 320’s Lounge

Come and network with professionals and learn why your cultural background is an asset! RSVP here: www.tinyurl.com/DNEsp2017

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March 2017

Working it Out

March 3, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 440

LGBTQ people still face many roadblocks when seeking employment. This event will educate about these issues as well as provide helpful information on navigating them.

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Food for Thought

March 8, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Guest speakers will present on topics related to diversity, identity, history, and social justice issues. Food will be provided.

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Council of Asian Student Leaders (CASL)

March 9, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tivoli 640

Come join us for fun ice breakers, delicious food, and to listen to guest speakers. You will gain leadership and professional development skills to support your career, personal, and academic success.

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Asian/Pacific American Issues Through the Lens

March 17, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Watch excerpts of movies of videos to launch into a discussion on AAPI issues on identity, stereotypes, history, family dynamics, and more.

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Transgender Day of Visibility

March 29, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Please join us in celebrating the full diversity of the gender spectrum and the achievements of trans people in our society.

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April 2017

Food for Thought

April 12, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 1:45 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Guest speakers will present on topics related to diversity, identity, history, and social justice issues. Food will be provided.

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Council of Asian Student Leaders (CASL)

April 13, 2017 @ 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Tivoli 444

Come join us for fun ice breakers, delicious food, and to listen to guest speakers. You will gain leadership and professional development skills to support your career, personal, and academic success.

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Asian/Pacific American Issues Through the Lens

April 19, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Watch excerpts of movies of videos to launch into a discussion on AAPI issues on identity, stereotypes, history, family dynamics, and more.

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Registration & Continental Breakfast

April 21, 2017 @ 7:30 AM - 8:15 AM
King Center – Main Street, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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HEDS Art Exhibit

April 21, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

HEDS keeps looking for new ways to connect and explore diversity. The committee has decided the ArtAbility and The Milestone Project. Merging these two art exhibits at the conference will provide us a new way to engage in diversity conversations. Learn more about these projects.

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Welcome to the Summit

April 21, 2017 @ 8:15 AM - 8:20 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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Phamaly Performance – James and the Giant Peach

April 21, 2017 @ 8:20 AM - 9:15 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Phamaly Theatre Company produces professional scale plays and musicals year-round throughout the Denver Metro region, cast entirely of performers with disabilities of all kinds – physical, cognitive, intellectual, and emotional. Currently celebrating its 28th season, Phamaly’s artistry is unique in the theatre world, and the company has garnered numerous awards for its highly innovative productions. In addition to MainStage shows, Phamaly offers educational classes and other professional development opportunities for theatre artists with disabilities.

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HEDS Talk 1 – I’m Here: Existing in Invalidating Environments

April 21, 2017 @ 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Xajés (sounds like "ah yes") Martinez serves as the Assistant Director of the LGBTQ Student Resource Center and uses they/them/theirs pronouns. As the Assistant Director, Xajés coordinates presentations by the center for the Auraria community, supervises the center’s Student Program Assistants, and offers insight and support to various campus committees on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Xajés received their B.A. in Communication Studies from Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX, and completed their M.A. in Educational Administration and Leadership at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

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HEDS Talks 2 – The Muslim American Experience: A Personal Narrative

April 21, 2017 @ 9:55 AM - 10:15 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Nadeen Ibrahim migrated from the Palestinian Territory when she was seven months old, and moved to Colorado in 1997. She was raised in Wiggins, Colorado – a northeastern rural community of less than 1000 individuals. Presently, Nadeen is a fourth-year and senior student at the University of Colorado Denver, majoring in public health and minoring in leadership studies and chemistry. In addition to being committed to her undergraduate studies and excelling academically, Nadeen is active on campus and in the community.

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HEDS Talks 3 – Whiteness: What is it and how is it working in higher ed?

April 21, 2017 @ 10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Naomi W. Nishi is a motherscholar of two children and a PhD candidate in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Naomi’s research focuses on building racial inclusivity and deconstructing whiteness in the higher education classroom. Specifically, through her work, Naomi explores the interplay of whiteness and identity in college/university students and identifies and deconstructs projections and performances of whiteness particularly in the classroom.

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Supporting Folx of All Genders and Sexualities

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

LGBTQIA folx face challenges every day. Knowing what the identities in the acronym mean is just the start. How we value and empower all genders and sexualities is an ongoing process that everyone has a part in. This workshop will provide attendees an opportunity to reflect on identity development, process systemic challenges in higher education and society, and practice ways to value and empower LGBTQIA family, friends, and community.

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Busy Noisy and Powerfully Effective

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Connect theory and learning to the lived experience with creative projects in the classroom. Participants will explore the use of artistic or creative projects that can connect course content and enhance the depth of learning for students. Using such projects enriches classroom diversity climate, fosters collaboration and provides opportunities for student engaged learning. Workshop members will have hands on experience and create a mask using paper, graphics and images that reflect the identities of self and one’s public and private face.

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The Glamorization of the Model Minority

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

This workshop invites participants to reflect and interrogate their understanding of the historical and contemporary notions of the model minority myth in education, situated in their positionality and identities. This will support the examination of what internal dialogue is needed to re-center in authentic self/identity, away from whiteness, and what will need to be done in order to not perpetuate this myth further in our communities, jobs, and families. Presenters will provide a brief historical context of the model minority and its contemporary use, engage participants in dialogue problematizing its glamorization, and share their lived experiences in relation to this stereotype.

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Whiteness: Seeing, Naming, and Resisting

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this multimedia workshop, participants will work to define whiteness and identify concrete examples of how it works in higher education. They will also understand the consequences of whiteness for people of color. The group will then work together to develop strategies for naming whiteness and resisting whiteness on campus, in the classroom, and online.

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#HereToStay/ La Lucha Sigue

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

In this workshop you will learn about ASSET which granted undocumented students in-state tuition in Colorado, and DACA which granted relief from deportation for undocumented youth nationwide. You will also hear about student's life experiences as undocumented immigrants and the current fight against deportations. Come find out more and get the resources you need to become an ally and learn about the current immigration movement.

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Socioeconomic Status in Higher Education

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Socioeconomic status is defined as the position or standing of an individual, family, or group within a hierarchical social structure as measured by a combination of variables, including occupation, education, income, wealth, and place of residence. Socioeconomic status can have a definite impact on student access to and success in higher education. Students who are perceived as coming from an economically-deprived background may be challenged not only by financial pressures but also lower self-esteem, lack of role models, and implicit bias within the college classroom setting which can hinder their progress towards the goal of completing their degree. Despite the myriad obstacles which must be overcome, there are thousands of instances that destroy the myths and successfully demonstrate that zip code does not automatically predict destiny. How do some students persevere? Is “determination” part of their DNA? Or is it a trait that can be instilled and nurtured by faculty, administrators and others in the higher education arena? Come join in the dialogue and be prepared for a surprising twist in the discussion at the end.

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21st Century Decolonization: The Ongoing Liberation Struggle of Original Nations and Peoples

April 21, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Description Discussing how Original Nations and Peoples have historically and currently continue to struggle for their rights to self-determination from the invader state. We will talk about examples in the 21st century of how Original Nations and Peoples are continuing to raise awareness about colonization and their inter-generational resistance to domination and dehumanization. Also, what Native and non-Native folks feel they can contribute to the liberation of Original Nations and Peoples. Sky Morris Sky Roosevelt-Morris comes from the White Mountain…

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Keynote and Lunch – Dr. Rosemarie Allen

April 21, 2017 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

Dr. Rosemarie Allen has served as a leader in early childhood education for nearly years. Her life's work is centered on ensuring children have access to high-quality early childhood programs that are developmentally and culturally appropriate. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her classes are focused on ensuring teachers are aware of how issues of equity, privilege, and power impact teaching practices.

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HEDS Talks 4 – From Adolescence into Adulthood – A Journey in Mental Health and Overall Well Being

April 21, 2017 @ 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Michelle Wiley, LPC, CPRP brings social innovation to the field of mental health. Her most recent endeavor has been launching a new program of the Mental Health Center of Denver to serve teens and young adults in the areas of prevention, early intervention, and whole-person, collaborative treatment -- all with holding the intention to help change the trajectories of mental health experiences. Areas of interest and specialty include dynamic and effective program evaluation strategies; developing programs that are relevant, meaningful and culturally responsive; implementing change initiatives; and creating teams and cultures that support the longevity of professionals in the helping fields.

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HEDS Talk 5 – Broken Crayons Still Color

April 21, 2017 @ 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

As a freshman in high schools, Emily was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Several surgeries later, she found herself permanently blind. Now a student with a disability, Emily has persevered through an independence training program for the visually impaired and her college career. Emily shares a unique perspective of the value that should be placed on people with disabilities and the fact that "Broken Crayons Still Color."

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HEDS Talk 6 – Cultivating Inclusion

April 21, 2017 @ 2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

​Dr. Brenda J. Allen is the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus. She also is a Professor of Communication. Her scholarship focuses on organizational communication and diversity. Among her numerous publications is a groundbreaking book entitled Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity. She presents keynote speeches and conducts workshops on topics such as inclusion in the workplace, strategic planning, unconscious bias, and diversity hiring practices.

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HEDS Talk 7 – Leadership In Action

April 21, 2017 @ 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Joe Salazar is in his third term representing House District 31, which includes most of Thornton and parts of unincorporated Adams County. He serves on the Judiciary Committee. Rep. Salazar was the author of a new 2016 law establishing tax-free savings accounts for first-time home buyers, a step toward making housing more affordable in Colorado. He has spent his entire career making sure the rights of Coloradans are protected.

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Minorities in the Media: Thugs, Hoes, & Illegals

April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

The media has controlled what information we as a society can access. But what happens when we equip individuals with phones with cameras and Twitter feeds? Amazing things! More people begin to notice how bias a lot of the media sources are when it comes to representing minorities; whether that be photo choice on the front page of newspapers or watching basic television shows. Let's unpack all the words for how minorities are represented in the media and how hashtag activism is combating that old rhetoric.

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The Art of Your Journey

April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

When thinking about your journey from adolescence to adulthood, imagine a road or a path of some kind. Create an image using the materials provided to illustrate a picture to represent your road or path that you took from adolescence to adulthood. What stops occurred along the way? Were there any “road blocks” that you experienced during this time? If so, what were they and what do they look like? Did your path or road go different directions? If so, why? What kind of “road side assistance” helped you along the way? Also, think about where you are located on this path? You may be a young adolescent that is 20 years old, so your journey may be just getting started. Or perhaps, you’re an adult in your 40s towards the end of your journey.

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Exploring Interreligious Dialogue

April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

A little-discussed aspect of our experience at colleges and universities is religious and spiritual identity. Our lack of dialogue on (particularly public) campuses about religion effectively silences these identities, identities that play an important role in how we show up with each other. This interactive workshop will (1) explore what is (and is not) interreligious or interfaith dialogue; (2) provide tools for dialoguing across differences; and (3) engage participants in practice dialogue. Resources and additional readings will be provided to help participants deepen their exploration of this important topic.

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Conquering Reading Disabilities with Technology

April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Just getting through a textbook with dyslexia or a vision impairment can stop an education in its tracks. Add in all of the other reading material that may be provided - articles online, scanned articles provided in email or through a learning management system, or hard-copy handouts in a class - and you have a recipe for failure. How do students navigate these treacherous paths and have a road to success? And how can you, as an educator, help them get there? This session will discuss technology solutions for persons with various types of reading disabilities, and provide easy everyone-can-use it methods and software to provide that level playing field that all students need.

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Diversity & Law Enforcement

April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Michael J. Phibbs is the Chief of the Auraria Campus Police Department (ACPD). Phibbs joined the ACPD in August of 2014. Phibbs has 25 years of law enforcement experience. Phibbs earned his master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado Denver. He received his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Colorado Boulder. Phi's is a graduate of the 241st session of the FBI National Academy. Governor Hickenlooper appointed Phibbs to the Colorado Peace Officer Standards & Training (POST) board. Phibbs also serves as the Legislative Chair for the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police.

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Community Activism with Rep. Joe Salazar

April 21, 2017 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

Description Representative Salazar will be leading a conversation on activism, policy, and community engagement. Influenced by his work as an attorney, community organizer, and state representative Joe Salazar will no doubt have a lot to say. Joe Salazar is a representative in Colorado's state house who is a tireless advocate for stopping fracking, protecting civil rights, and advancing criminal justice reform. "We all understand as activists that this race is a marathon and not a sprint and we have lined…

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Closing Reception

April 21, 2017 @ 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
King Center – Main Street, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States

Following the last session, the closing reception is a place to connect with other attendees, presenters, and keynote speakers.  The Summit is featuring the ArtAbility and Arapahoe Community College Inclusivity and Diversity Milestone Project.  Merging these two art exhibits at the conference will provide us a new way to engage in diversity conversations. Submit art for ArtAbility

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Holocaust Day of Rememberance

April 24, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Join us as we memorialize those who were killed during the Holocaust, as well as to remember the need for citizens to be vigilant in the protection of democratic ideals to prevent future genocides.

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20th Annual Research & Creative Activities Symposium

April 28, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
CU Denver Student Commons Building

Undergraduate and graduate student scholarly activities will be showcased at the annual Research and Creative Activities Symposium Friday, April 28, 2017, in the Student Commons Building space, Denver Campus. All students from both the Denver Campus and Anschutz Medical Campus are eligible to participate in the symposium, which provides the opportunity to present their work to an audience of peers, faculty, family, and visitors.  Last year, over 200 student researchers participated in the event. The Symposium showcases the research, creative and other scholarly activities of undergraduates and…

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May 2017

Lavender Graduation

May 4, 2017 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tivoli 440

Join us in celebrating the achievements and upcoming graduations of our upcoming graduations of our LGBTQ students as they being their adventure in life!

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August 2017

Accessibility Awareness Festival

August 22, 2017 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Auraria Campus
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Fall Welcome Back

August 30, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Lawrence Street Mall

A great way to kick off the semester! Find out about our services, meet our services, meet our staff, and enjoy FREE FOOD!

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September 2017

High Tea

September 12, 2017 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tivoli 440

An annual ceremony to honor and thank our allies and advocates for their continued support of the Auraria LGBTQ community.

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Bi/Pan/Fluid Awareness Day

September 19, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Join us to raise awareness and learn about Non-Monosexual identities.

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October 2017

Co-LEADS Conference

October 20, 2017

An annual statewide social justice activism event.

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November 2017

Transgender Day of Rememberance

November 16, 2017 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Please join us as we memorialize individuals who were harmed or killed due to anti-transgender hatred or prejudice.

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January 2018

Spring Welcome Back

January 24 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 213

A great way to kick off the new semester! Find out about our services, meet our staff, & enjoy FREE FOOD!

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February 2018

Sex Positivity Week

February 12
Tivoli 440

An event geared to bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices.

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Sex Positivity Week

February 13
Tivoli 440

An event geared to bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices.

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Love is a Drag/Day of Drag

February 14 @ 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

A fundraiser for Rainbow Alley featuring workshops and a fabulous drag show.

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Sex Positivity Week

February 15
Tivoli 440

An event geared to bringing all-inclusive sex education to campus, including all bodies, sexualities, and safe practices.

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March 2018

Working it Out

March 7 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 440

LGBTQ people still face roadblocks when seeking employment. This event will educate about these issues as well as provide helpful information on navigating them.

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Transgender Day of Visibility

March 28 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Please join us in celebrating the full diversity of the gender spectrum and the achievements of trans people in our society.

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April 2018

Holocaust Day of Rememberance

April 12 @ 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Join us as we memorialize those who were killed during the Holocaust, as well as to remember the need for citizens to be vigilant in the protection of democratic ideals to prevent future genocides.

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May 2018

Lavender Graduation

May 2 @ 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Tivoli 440

Join us in celebrating the achievements and upcoming graduations of our upcoming graduations of our LGBTQ students as they being their adventure in life!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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ArtAbility and Closing Reception

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