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April 2016

HEDS Talk and Summit Registration

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

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

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

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

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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