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The 2023 Symposium for Inclusive Excellence

The Office for Inclusive Excellence is excited to invite you to the biggest Symposium for Inclusive Excellence ever. Join us Monday, October 23 – 27 for a jam-packed week of incredible workshops, powerful guest speakers and thoughtful events centered around diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice. This year we are proud to partner with the CSU System – including CSU Pueblo, CSU Global, CSU Spur, Poudre School District, the City of Fort Collins and local community organizations. 

All are welcome to attend the workshops and events. Registration is FREE and open to all. Please subscribe to stay up to date on all of the symposium news, including changes to the schedule and programming.   


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Symposium FAQs

The Symposium for Inclusive Excellence is open to CSU employees, students, CSU alumni, affiliates, and local community members. Registration is required for all attendees.

Registration is required for all attendees and only takes a few minutes.

First you register through the link at the top of the Symposium page. You will then receive a “Build Your Schedule” email upon completion of the registration form. You’ll be able to create your schedule based on the sessions you are most interested in (similar to a conference) and download the Zoom event information directly to your calendar. 

Yes! You will build your own schedule by signing up for individual workshops. Each workshop has a unique Zoom link. While it may seem redundant, this allows each participant to customize their own experience. 

Yes! Many sessions will be recorded and made available after the live Symposium for Inclusive Excellence week is complete. We aim to have these resources up for our community within one month, but we ask for your patience as transferring, formatting, and captioning the files for so many sessions will take time. Folks outside of the CSU community can access the recorded files when they are added to OIE’s YouTube account.

Most sessions, keynotes, and special presentations will be offered through Zoom, using both the meeting and webinar formats. The specific format for each session is indicated in the session description. Several events, including the opening reception, film screening, CSU Inspire, and the MURALS will be in person.

Webinar: Think of webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium. Webinars help manage the online environment for large audiences. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another and the average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience. Participants are encouraged to use the chat and Q&A features to engage with speakers.

Meeting: Zoom meetings enable attendees to use video and audio features to participate in the session with their presenters. These sessions may include break-out groups, polls, and robust audience discussion.

Sign language interpreters will be available at all events during the week. Additionally, computer-generated captioning will be enabled for all virtual sessions through the Zoom platform.

For additional accessibility accommodations, please contact Amber Sanchez at

While the Symposium for Inclusive Excellence has always been a popular event at CSU, since moving online we have seen registration numbers dramatically increase. To help us navigate the increase in attendance, please keep the following information and tips in mind:

  • Be respectful of presenter(s)’ time and energies. All presentations are being hosted by our peers and colleagues within the CSU community and for many folks, this may be the first time they are presenting to such large audiences (in the virtual environment or otherwise). Thanks for your understanding and patience in advance!
  • If you don’t already have Zoom downloaded on your device of choice, be sure to do so. All sessions will be hosted through the Zoom platform.
  • Don’t join sessions more than 5 minutes before the scheduled start time.
  • All sessions will be equipped with computer-generated, live captioning. View this quick guide to learn about how to access this feature.
  • If you are in a session that is using the meeting format (meaning attendees can engage in the traditional Zoom setting using their video and audio as appropriate), please join the meeting with your mic muted and be sure your username reflects your name appropriately. Listen to the presenter and moderator’s prompts and only utilize your mic when asking a question or when instructed to.
  • With so many moving parts, there are bound to be some changes to the Symposium for Inclusive Excellence schedule. Please be sure to rely on the emails and the Symposium website for the most up-to-date information.

Our commitment to accessibility means we welcome all and want to provide translation services for anyone in need. Set captions to your preferred language during the Zoom sessions online. American Sign Language interpretation is also available at all sessions. The Symposium for Inclusive Excellence is committed to welcoming individuals in a positive and respectful learning environment. 


Symposium Contact:

Amber Sanchez

About the Symposium for Inclusive Excellence

Beginning in 2001 with a one day event, Symposium for Inclusive Excellence (formerly the Diversity Symposium) has now grown into a week-long conference featuring dozens of sessions relating to diversity and inclusion, cutting-edge research presentations, a variety of keynote speakers, and a strand focused specifically on educators.

In addition to longer format talks, a highlight of CSU’s Symposium for Inclusive Excellence is CSU Inspire. This featured event brings 5 – 10 TED Talk-like sessions led by CSU faculty, staff, and students and focused on sharing engaging and inspiring initiatives happening on our campus in relation to social justice, in short 8-minute presentations.

Different colored circles and icons in a row with program highlights including Workshops Online/In-Person, CSU Inspire, Guest Speakers, ACT Film Festival Screening, MURALS Presentations, CSU and Community Partners and FREE All Welcome.