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April 2016

HEDS Talk and Summit Registration

April 14, 2016 @ 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli Student Union CO + Google Map

For the first time, the Higher Education Diversity Summit has included HEDS Talks which are short presentations that focus on connecting narratives by select speakers to larger societal topics around diversity, equity and inclusion. We have an engaging line up for our attendees!

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HEDS Talk 1 – Kathryn Young

April 14, 2016 @ 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Join in the conversation! This talk uses a conversational approach to engage the audience. Dr. Young is interviewed on the topic of colorblindness. We learn from her how she developed an interest for diversity and social justice work and what it means to be colorblind. She delves into the dangers of colorblind ideology and how it can affect organizational climate.

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HEDS Talk 2 – Tamara White

April 14, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

This talk centers the conversation around the often presumed incompetence of women of color in higher education. Tamara White uses her narrative to show the negotiations that take place within the academic environment to not only prove that women of color are competent, but to provide a glimpse as to how they also navigate their multiple identities within this context.

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HEDS Talk 3 – Melissa Cermak

April 14, 2016 @ 2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Melissa Cermak gives us a glimpse into “how she got here.” She is currently the Assistant Director of the Access Center-Disability Support Services at the Auraria Campus.

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HEDS Talk 4 – Katherine Martinez

April 14, 2016 @ 3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Katherine Martinez presents on gender and sexuality. She explores queer utopias and how we can utilize the past to reimagine a queer future.

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HEDS Talk 5 – Marsha Aizumi

April 14, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Marsha shares with us her journey as the mother of a transgender son and how she took steps to become an advocate for safe schools, and bringing greater visibility and support to the Asian Pacific Islander LGBT community, with emphasis on the transgender community.

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Opening Reception

April 14, 2016 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Join fellow attendees and presenters for appetizers and desserts following the filming of the HEDS Talks.

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HEDS Registration

April 15, 2016 @ 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Check in will take a place throughout the Tivoli Student Union.   We will have a On-site Registration located next to the Turnhalle next to the Accessibility Services, where alternative formats and information on Universal Design for Learning information will be available.

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Morning Keynote with Dr. William Cross, Jr.

April 15, 2016 @ 8:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)

Dr. Cross is “old school” and his involvement in the racial-cultural discourse dates back to 1971.  He exited the Graduate Center-CUNY in 2008 as professor emeritus, with the intention of retiring, but as he tells his friends, he is a total failure at retiring, and has since held positions at UNLV and is currently at the University of Denver. Dr. Cross took his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1976 and has held positions at Cornell University, Penn State University, the University…

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A1: Across the Spectrum: Insights and Best Practices When Working with Students with ASD

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

With a significant increase in the prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), faculty and staff are seeing a growing number of students with ASD making the transition to postsecondary education settings. As colleges grapple with issues related to student retention and persistence, many of the same models, supports, and accommodations may not be as readily applicable to students with ASD. Skills in the area of communication, self-advocacy, social interactions, and study skills have all been shown to contribute to student success and retention, but often…

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B1: Handling the Financial Challenges of Children with Disabilities

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320A

Mary J. Schultz of the National Endowment for Financial Education will present this lively, engaging workshop that helps the caregivers of children with disabilities handle their money. With this knowledge, the children may have more opportunity, including the change to go to college. This workshop is available for any organization to download for their audience. It addresses the seven million children with special needs in the United States and their parents, who face a unique combination of financial challenges. Not only must they meet the…

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C1: A Freshman Course Project that Grows Understanding

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320B

If we don't teach a specific course on culture or bias, surely there is little beyond modeling respectful behavior that we can do regarding these topics. And if our students are mostly white, these topics certainly have little importance anyway. I don't believe either of these statements to be true, at all. Yet I do believe they are common assumptions in Higher Ed. This session will look at a final project in an Interpersonal Communication class in the far North of Minnesota that routinely grows…

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D1: Transcending Gender Labels: Exploring the Experiences of Non-Binary Identifying Students

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 320C

Politicization of GLBT civil rights at both the Federal and State levels of US government, especially those surrounding marriage and employment rights, has had positive and negative influences on the GLBT population. These influences play out on campus challenging our students’ identity development. Development which is complex and intersecting the psychosocial, sexual, gender, and emotional. This workshop uses data from a recent qualitative study where 12 GLBT and non-binary identifying college students detailed their experiences as they relate to marriage and employment equality. The findings…

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E1: What Happens When You Think You Get It?

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 440

Do you think you get it? Have you ever considered the possibility that you don’t? The purpose of this workshop is to engage in dialogue and challenge ourselves about the ways we are socialized to have biases. Participants will learn more about how to identify these biases and how they can and do impact our work and interactions with others. Participants can expect to learn more about the cycle of socialization through examples, activities, and personal reflections. Participants will leave with strategies to continue challenging…

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F1: When the DREAM Becomes a Nightmare: Supporting Undocumented Scholars Through the Unknown

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Tivoli 444

Despite a number of policy gains for undocumented Colorado scholars in accessing higher education, they are faced with the possibility of a dramatic political shift after the 2016 elections. Community College of Denver Retention Specialists, Tarsha Degay and Jenaya Zarrad, will use a practitioner approach to provide background on state and federal policies provide accessibility to college for undocumented scholars in Colorado. The presenters will draw on these macro-level concepts to share their experience in how they translate to the lives of individual students and…

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G1: The Monologue Project: Autobiographical Performances by Underrepresented Students

April 15, 2016 @ 9:30 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 640

Join us to hear three underrepresented students from a multicultural learning community at CU Boulder perform autobiographical monologues that we wrote, memorized, and performed live on stage as part of a one-credit leadership course. Talk with our instructor to learn how your students can explore their lived experiences through guided writing exercises focused on social and cultural identity in relationship to the dominant campus culture. Our performance and workshop will demonstrate how to utilize the practice of storytelling and performance in the interest of self-authorship, community…

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A2: Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students Accessibility: Culture, Language, and Communication

April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Accessibility and experiences for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students in Higher Education differs from secondary education support services. This presentation will outline the cultural, linguistic and communication differences between Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. Participants will be able to identify cultural nuances, language variations and communication preferences amongst the Deaf and Hard of Hearing student population and learn some basic terminology in American Sign Language.

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B2: “They Didn’t Just Get Here!” Acknowledging and Supporting LGBT International Students

April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 320A

This interactive workshop brings the audience on a journey with five international students who identify with the LGBT community. Audience and presenters will collaboratively develop strategies for supporting LGBT international students in American higher education. The session will include an informative and theoretical background of the topic being explored and conclude with an overview of established practices for supporting LGBT international students.

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C2: Invisible Diversity: Helping Ex-Offenders and Homeless/Foster Youth Get Where They’re Going

April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 320B

"How did we get here" is a question asked by the ex-offender and homeless/foster youth population that goes much deeper than it does with other populations, primarily because it is often followed with the question, "how do I get out of here?" Pursuing post-secondary education is most definitely a goal for these populations, but they first have to deal with where to live, where to eat, how to get around, and other questions of survival. This session will provide answers for the citizens asking…

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D2: The Reality of Discrimination Against “Minority” Professors: Consequences, Impact, and Alternatives

April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 320C

“Minority” college professors often face different expressions of discrimination, racism, and marginalization in the institutions where they teach. The issue has been abundantly documented, but its emotional and pedagogical consequences are seldom explored, much less shared with administrators, fellow instructors, or students. Based on recent research done by the American Philosophical association and on personal experiences and interviews of the presenter, this session explores the reality of discrimination of “minority” college professors (even by unwilling participants), how that situation affects both the professor and his/her students,…

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E2: Student-Initiated Retention Projects That Work

April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 440

Offices at the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of California Los Angeles utilized foundational research on student-initiated retention projects (SIRPs) to develop programming strategies to increase retention and academic success of historically underrepresented students (students of color, women, LGBTQ, low-income, 1st generation, student parents, students with disabilities, international students, and veterans). This session will include the sharing of personal reflections from 2 current CU Boulder undergraduate students, what are SIRPs, methods to build inclusive communities, and how SIRPs have challenged the institution’s diversity and…

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F2: Mental Health Awareness Need and Use of Counseling Services for International Students

April 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Tivoli 444

Mental health of its students is a concern for all university campuses. Unfortunately, one population that seems to go unnoticed regarding mental health is that of international students. International student enrollment is at an all-time high with enrollments continuing to increase. So many factors play a role in the success rates of international students but many are unsuccessful due to the number of issues that are faced. This study focused on history and current trends regarding mental health of international students. Approximately 400 students at…

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Lunch and Keynote with Marsha Aizumi & Geena Rocero

April 15, 2016 @ 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle)
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A3: Being Mixed: How Multiethnic/racial Identity Leads to Liberation

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Through engaging performance and multimedia dialogue we will bring to light how being "mixed" is a strength. While many mixed people feel as though they are not enough of one or the other, this session is designed to demonstrate a unique perspective of being from multiethnic/racial background.

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B3: Feeling the Work: empathy and Social Justice Advocacy in Female-Identified Students of Color

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 320A

How does empathy inform the social justice advocacy of female-identified students of color? Social justice advocates work with individuals and communities for lasting structural change for those who are oppressed at the risk of an emotional, social, and financial cost to the advocate. Often poorly represented in studies of social justice advocacy are the stories of female students of color who work for social change and their emotional connections to these activities. Because self-identifying female students of color are already at risk for emotional and…

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C3: If You Build It, They Will Come: A Model for Sustaining Cultural Competency in Your Organization

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 320B

Cultural Competency is a major variable in delivering equitable services to diverse consumers and families. Over the years we continue to build on what an organization or institution that values cultural competency may look like. However more models or approaches are needed on how to build structures that can sustain organizational cultural competency. This session presents the results and lessons learned from a four-year cultural competency implementation project with over 30 health and mental health organizations in a two state Midwest area in the U.S.…

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D3: “If These Halls Could Talk”: Film Preview and Diversity Dialogue

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 320C

If our halls could talk, what would they say about the alarming rates of students of color leaving our colleges? What would they say are some of the causes for their departures? What would our students say it is like to be a minority student at a predominantly white campus? Are faculties and staff prepared for this influx of students from different backgrounds? When conflicts arise around diversity issues on the campuses and in the classroom, are administrators and teachers prepared to handle them? What…

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E3: LGBTQ Students and College Admissions: Challenges and Best Practices

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 440

In this session, we will discuss the best ways to support LGBTQ students from both sides of the desk in the college search and application process. After building a solid understanding of the challenges facing LGBTQ students seeking post-secondary education, we will explore best practices around inclusivity and access in college admissions for queer and transgender students. This session is targeted at counseling and admission professionals, but anyone wishing to learn how to be a better advocate and ally will gain the language and tools…

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F3: Diversity in Community College Campuses: Addressing the Gap

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 444

The community college access mission has evolved into a mission of student success. Campuses need to investigate strategies to support all students, especially those who have been traditionally underserved. Join us for the opportunity to explore the gaps and investigate the possibilities for creating dynamic, inclusive learning environments. Presenters will share research and applications for improving practice related to diversity-friendly hiring processes, student engagement, and faculty professional development.

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G3: Against the Grain: Radicalized Positionalities of Students of Color in Higher Education

April 15, 2016 @ 1:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Tivoli 640

This workshop explores racialized experiences in higher education through the experiences of four doctoral students and audience. These experiences are used to interrogate more deeply the espoused values related to inclusive excellence, social justice, and equity. Members of the audience and the presenters will co-construct strategies that aim to promote inclusion, diversity and equity.

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A4: Closing America’s Doors: A History of Immigration Exclusion

April 15, 2016 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Immigration is a frequent topic of discussion on the presidential campaign trail, with some leading candidates recommending the exclusion of Muslim immigrants. This session will review the history of Asian immigration exclusion and the impact of exclusion on Asian American communities to offer a historical perspective on what the consequences of new exclusion policies might mean today.

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B4: Beyond the Binary: Deconstructing the Gender Binary System on Campus

April 15, 2016 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 320A

The Day of Silence was originally designed as a means to spread awareness of LGBTQ+ bullying and harassment in schools. Since its inception in 1996 and the subsequent movement-building that it inspired, we see far more legislation incorporating inclusion and protection for LGBTQ+ students. However, there is still much work to be done and many more voices that need to be heard, which brings up the question, where can we take the Day of Silence from here? One area in higher education which is…

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C4: Exporing Anti-Black Racism within Non-Black Communities of Color

April 15, 2016 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 320B

In the fight against White supremacy, people of color must unite and work together, which means that it is absolutely necessary for non-Black people of color to be in solidarity with Black communities and engage with the Black-led movement for social justice (currently, the Black Lives Matter movement). We believe that all people of color have the agency to take part in their own liberation and in challenging White supremacy. Two critical steps to achieving this are to identify instances of anti-Black racism within non-Black…

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E4: Bridging the Divide: Solving Colorado’s Attainment Gap

April 15, 2016 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 440

Bridging the divide will explore Colorado’s attainment gap and how the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is attempting to fix the divide between Coloradans who traditionally attain education after high school and underserved Coloradans who do not. CDHE has devoted resources to more clearly understand when Coloradans stop their pursuit of earning a postsecondary credential (i.e. certificates and degrees) – in other words, the Department has been working to identify the leaks on the talent pipeline. The “talent pipeline” refers to pathways that develop…

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F4: Institutionalizing Support for Undocumented Latino/a Students in American Higher Education

April 15, 2016 @ 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Tivoli 444

This session investigates the institutionalization of support for undocumented students across states that extend In State Resident Tuition (ISRT) benefits and states that deny ISRT benefits. Through the authors’ review, promising practices are highlighted Attendees of this session are expected to walk away with learned institutional practices that provide support for undocumented students in higher education

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Poster Presentations and Closing Reception

April 15, 2016 @ 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Tivoli 320’s Lounge
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September 2016

High Tea

September 12, 2016 @ 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Tivoli 440
Free

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

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Fall Fest

September 14, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Auraria Campus

Visit vendors, food trucks, and student orgs as our three institutions take over Auraria’s outdoor areas for this annual festival.

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Fall Fest

September 15, 2016 @ 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Auraria Campus

Visit vendors, food trucks, and student orgs as our three institutions take over Auraria’s outdoor areas for this annual festival.

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October 2016

CO-LEADS Student Summit

October 7, 2016
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle) CO + Google Map

This annual leadership summit brings together college students from across Colorado to join in discussions of social justice, activism, advocacy, and social change. Students participate in a day of interactive workshops, speaker, and networking sessions that challenge, grow, inspire, and empower them to make change in their own lives and their communities. Justice for the Vote is the theme for 2016 with programs and themes around civic engagement, voter suppression, and the electoral process. To learn more or register, visit…

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Women in STEM Conference

October 28, 2016
Tivoli Student Union CO + Google Map

The goal for this conference is to discuss the challenges women face in STEM disciplines and the tools for overcoming those challenges. These topics are particularly pertinent to our student population, of which more than half are women and largely women of color – both of which are underrepresented in STEM fields.

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December 2016

National Coming Out Day

December 15, 2016
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle) CO + Google Map

Whether you're a member of the LGBTQ community or identify as an ally, be proud of who you are and show your support for LGBTQ equality.

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World Aids Day

December 15, 2016 @ 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Tivoli 261 (Multicultural Lounge)

Join us as we raise awareness of HIV & AIDS, commemorate those who have passed, and celebrate victories in the fight against this disease.

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January 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Breakfast

January 13 @ 7:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle) CO + Google Map
$25.00

Dr. Karen J. Thorpe, then-Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs, initiated the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Breakfast on January 15, 1992. At the first MLK Peace Breakfast, about 50 people from the campus and Denver community gathered in the old Student Union (now Plaza Building) to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy. The MLK Peace Breakfast was created to commemorate the philosophy and values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by promoting diversity and equality for all…

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Calling All Drag Performers and Makeup Artists!

January 25 - February 10

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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
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) CO + Google Map

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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Sex Positivity Week

February 16
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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
The Mile High United Way, 711 Park Avenue West
Denver, Colorado 80205
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Denver Asian American Pacific Islander hosts a Listening Session.

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Diversity Networking Event

February 28 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle) CO + Google Map

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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 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 @ 8:20 AM - 9:15 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 9:30 AM - 9:50 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 9:55 AM - 10:15 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 10:20 AM - 10:40 AM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 1:45 PM - 2:00 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 2:25 PM - 2:45 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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​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 @ 2:50 PM - 3:10 PM
King Center – Concert Hall, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
King Center – Main Street, 855 Lawrence Way
Denver, CO 80204 United States
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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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Auraria Campus
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Fall Welcome Back

August 30 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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
Tivoli 250 (Turnhalle) CO + Google Map

An annual statewide social justice activism event.

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