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October 28, 2020


Welcome and Keynote

Dr. Laura Rendón

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Fostering Student Success: Validating Students, Working with Cultural Strengths and Designing a Culturally-Validating Pedagogy

This presentation will address themes related to fostering greater student success especially for low-income, first-generation students. Rendón will discuss three aspects necessary to build a culture of success: 1) establishing validation-rich teaching and learning contexts, 2) identifying and leveraging student cultural strengths and 3) working with holistic, culturally-validating deep learning experiences


Workshop Sessions 1

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Native American Student Activism

From hosting educational events on campus, to protesting and holding the campus leadership accountable, join Lance Tsosie as he shares his journey of creating and holding space for Indigenous students on a college campus. Learn about the important role Native Student Organizations have for Native/Indigenous students and how deep cultural connection can be manifested on a campus. 

Meet Us at the Intersections: Navigating Spaces as Queer and Trans People of Color

This interactive workshop will highlight the importance of intersectionality as a framework for better understanding the multiple ways queer and trans people of color experience oppression and navigate spaces in their daily lives.


Lunch and Networking

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Workshop Session 2

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Dialogue Across Difference: Engaging Multiple Identities in Constructive Dialogue about Difficult Issues

This is an interactive session where participants will learn some of the basic principles of dialogue and dialogic ethics as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Participants will get the opportunity to have a conversation about how we integrate social justice efforts into our work and how we talk about these efforts in an increasingly polarized and fraught political environment. This is both a learning and practice session of dealing with critical issues of our time related to DEI efforts and how to bring other people into the conversation and the action who might not otherwise be engaged.


Music, Race, & Social Justice – Bruce Sunpie Barnes

2:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Bruce Sunpie Barnes is a New Orleans musician, book author and ethnographic photographer. Sunpie is a 17-year member of the Black Men of Labor Social Aid and Pleasure Club, Big Chief of the Northside Skull and Bones Gang (One of the oldest existing Afro-Creole carnival groups in New Orleans), and the band leader of the popular New Orleans musical group Sunpie and the Louisiana Sunspots. His latest book and CD project is entitled Le Kèr Creole ( The Creole Heart) which he co-authored with Rachel Breunlin and Leroy Etienne. A former National Park Service Ranger, photographer, former high school biology teacher (30 year), former college football All-American, and former NFL football player (Kansas City Chiefs), Sunpie Barnes’ many careers have taken him far and wide. He has traveled to over 53 countries playing his own style of what he calls Afro-Louisiana music, incorporating blues, zydeco, creole jazz, gospel, work songs, Caribbean and African influenced rhythms and melodies. He is a multi-instrumentalist, mastering accordion, harmonica, and piano along with rubboard, talking drum, and djembe.

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October 29, 2020


Welcome and Keynote

Dr. Natasha Croom

9:00 AM – 11:00 AM

When Becoming Anti-Racist Isn’t Enough: Disrupting Systemic Racism in Higher Education

Being anti-racist is necessary but it’s not enough to disrupt systemic racism in higher education. A global pandemic slowed our worlds down just enough for more people to discover the violence enacted upon racially minoritized bodies and such discoveries have ignited a fire. What do we need to capitalize on this energy: an informed plan and sustainable coalitions to disrupt systemic racism.


Workshop Sessions 3

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Old Dog, New Trick: Ensuring Accessibility and Universal Design in the “New” Online Classroom

Many of us will remember 2020 as a year we all learned how far we really could go. Sudden changes in the way courses and services were delivered became the biggest hurdles we never knew we could jump. In many cases, technology was the protagonist of the story, providing ways to engage in our new virtual world. In our case, technology was also an antagonist, creating new barriers to overcome for students. In this session, we will cover how we supported students and faculty through the mass transition to online, lessons learned, and how we can all move forward together without barriers.

The Whitewashing of the Rainbow

As we have passed the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising and the 25th anniversary of the LGBTQ SRC’s creation here on Auraria, this session will focus on reflecting on the presence of LGBTQ+ spaces on college campuses. While it is assumed these are spaces that foster the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, in reality these are spaces centered in whiteness, gender conformity, and ableism. This has created a narrative that paints queerness and whiteness as synonymous, pushing the vast majority of the community to the fringes and misconstruing the intertwined histories of the LGBTQ+ community and communities of color. Participants will walk away from this session with strategies to identify and dismantle barriers that effect queer & transgender students of color as well as uplift those students’ voices, wisdoms, and histories.


Lunch and Networking

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM


Workshop Session 4

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Masculinity at the Intersection of Race

A conversation on masculinity within communities of color. The presenter will engage attendees in conversations around the portrayal of masculine identity in the media, in our personal lives, and on campus, and lead a facilitated discussion on the role masculinity plays in our society. 

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