2022 Symposium for Inclusive Excellence

The Symposium for Inclusive Excellence (formerly the Diversity Symposium) will be held October 17 – 21, 2022.

Check back soon for more information on this year’s symposium.

Past Symposium Recordings

A majority of symposium presentations have been recorded to allow for greater accessibility and engagement with the content. All recorded sessions, including pre-recorded sessions, are available on the Inclusive Excellence YouTube page in the Diversity Symposium 2021 playlist.

Symposium FAQs

The 2021 Diversity Symposium is open to CSU employees and students, as well as 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.

In early October, the Symposium for Inclusive Excellence Planning Committee will send a “Build Your Schedule” email to everyone who completed 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! All sessions, except for the two keynotes, will be recorded and made available after the live Symposium for Inclusive Excellence week is complete. We are aiming 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 will be able to access the recorded files when they are added to OIE’s YouTube account.

All 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.

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 their video and audio features to participate in the session with their presenters. These sessions may include break out groups, polls, robust audience discussion, and more.

Sign language interpreters will be available at both keynote presentations as well as the CSU Inspire session. Computer-generated captioning will be enabled for all virtual sessions through the Zoom platform.

For additional accessibility accommodations please contact Lalo Velazquez at lalo.velazquez@colostate.edu

While the Diversity Symposium has always been a popular event at CSU, this year’s registration numbers are unlike any we’ve seen in the past. To help us navigate this exciting and novel year, 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.

  • The daily emails will be your key to successfully engaging with the 2021 Diversity Symposium. Please be sure to check your email each morning for important updates, session eval links, and more. We ask that you please not forward the emails to anyone else, as all registered attendees will receive a copy in their own inboxes.

  • With so many moving parts, there are bound to be some changes to the Diversity Symposium schedule. Please be sure to rely on the emails and the Symposium website for the most up-to-date information.

Diversity Symposium Marketing Materials

Thank you for sharing the 2022 Symposium for Inclusive Excellence with your university community. A variety of marketing materials will be available for you to print, post, and distribute. Please check back in August 2022 for materials. 


Diversity Symposium Contact:

Lalo Velazquez

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.