Diversity Symposium 2021

October 25 – 29, 2021 • Colorado State University

Welcome to the 2021 Diversity Symposium!

The Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Diversity Symposium Planning Committee are excited to host the 2021 Diversity Symposium, October 25 – 29.

Through a variety of live, online Zoom sessions presented in both meeting and webinar format for maximum interaction, pre-recorded content, powerful keynotes, and dozens of opportunities for learning, we are ready to come together as a community to engage with one another on the critical topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

Everything you need to know in order to engage with the Symposium is available on this page. Be sure to register to access the individual session Zoom links.

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2021 Diversity Symposium Schedule

Access the complete schedule and descriptions for Monday, October 25

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

11:00am – 12:00pm Keynote

12:15 – 1:45pm Sessions

2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions

Access the complete schedule and descriptions for Tuesday, October 26

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

11:00 – 12:00pm Get to Know Dr. Kauline Cipriani, VP for Inclusive Excellence

12:00 – 1:30pm Sessions

2:00 – 3:30pm Sessions

Access the complete schedule and descriptions for Wednesday, October 27

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

12:00pm – 1:30pm CSU Inspire

1:45 – 3:15pm Sessions

3:30 – 5:00pm Sessions

4:00 – 6:30pm Virtual Diversity Connect (students only)

Access the complete schedule and descriptions, for Thursday October 28

School of Education Strand Day!

9:00 – 10:30am Sessions

11:00am – 1:00pm Keynote

1:15 – 2:45pm Sessions

3:00 – 4:30pm Sessions

Access the complete schedule and descriptions for Friday, October 29

9:00 – 10:30am MURALS ’21

10:30am – 12:00pm  Hungry to Learn Film Panel Discussion

Symposium Schedule Overview

Oct. 25, 9:00–10:30am (Session descriptions)

  1. Assistance Animals: Defining, Differentiating, and Exploring the Service Dog/Handler Relationship (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Aspirations and Challenges of International STEM Scientists in the US (Presentation canceled due to unforeseen scheduling conflicts. A pre-recorded video link is now available)

Oct. 25, 11am-12pm: Keynote with Yavilah McCoy | Presented in Partnership with the Presidential Task Force for Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism (Zoom Webinar Format)

Oct. 25, 12:15–1:45pm: (Session descriptions)

Both 12:15pm sessions have been canceled by the presenters due to unforeseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience and encourage you to use the hour to engage with one of our pre-recorded sessions.

  1. What Allies need to Know about Settler Colonialism: Disrupting Micro-Aggressions Directed at Indigenous Peoples (Presentation canceled due to unforeseen circumstances)
  2. A Discussion on the Current Assault on Critical Race Theory (Presentation canceled due to unforeseen circumstances)

Oct. 25, 2:00–3:30pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. “Sissies,” “Cake-eaters,” and Effeminacy: Facing Anxieties about Gender and Sex at CSU Before 1925 (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Supporting CSU Students who are Undocumented – From Campus to Post COVID to Career (Zoom Meeting Format)

Tuesday, October 26

Oct. 26, 9:00–10:30am (Session descriptions)

  1. Social Justice Equity in the Secondary School Classroom: Practicing Intersectional Literacy (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. A Book Club Isn’t Enough: Engaging Colleagues in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Predominantly White Institutions (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 26, 11:00am–12:00pm: Get to know Dr. Kauline Cipriani, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence (Zoom Webinar Format)

Oct. 26, 12:00–1:30pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. Seeing the Unseen: Exploring Aspects of Blindness, Identity, Culture, and Experience (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. From Creation to Collaboration: Departmental Undergraduate Peer Mentoring Programs (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 26, 2:00–3:30pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. Tools for Furthering Equity and Inclusion in Community Engagement (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Creating Equitable and Decolonized Campus Spaces (Zoom Meeting Format)

Wednesday, October 27

Oct. 27, 9:00–10:30am: (Session descriptions)

  1. Latinx Student Experience at CSU (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Calladita Te Vez Mas Bonita: Xicanx Religious and Consciousness Development

Oct. 27, 12:00–1:30pm: CSU Inspire (Zoom Webinar Format)

Oct. 27, 1:45–3:15pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. How High School Students with Limited Access to Mentoring in Veterinary Medicine Received College Credit and Experiential Learning ZOETIS, CVMBS and Alliance Summer Institute (Zoom Webinar Format)
  2. Just Care: Exploring the Importance of Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 27, 3:30–5:00pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. Advising and Decolonizing Research: The Ebony and Ivory Relationship (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Pronoun Statement Workshop (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 27, 4:00–6:00pm Virtual Diversity Connect (more information) 

A great opportunity for students to meet and make meaningful connections with employers rooted in a shared commitment to diversity and inclusion

Oct. 28, 9:00–10:30am: (Session descriptions)

  1. Diversity in Literacy Instruction (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Inclusive Pedagogy: A Proactive Approach (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 28, 11:00am–1:00pm: Keynote with Dr. Mahzarin Banaji (Zoom Webinar Format)

Oct. 28, 1:15–2:45pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. Moving Towards Anti-Racism and Social Justice in the Master of Public Health Program: Leveraging a Moment in Time (Zoom Meeting Format)
  2. Refusing to “Return to Normal”: Lessons from the COVID Racism Environmental and Disinformation Pandemics (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 28, 3:00–4:30pm: (Session descriptions)

  1. Creating an Inclusive Classroom: How Universal Design for Learning Benefits all Students (Zoom Webinar Format)
  2. Youth and Veteran Populations: What does Critical Empowerment Look Like (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 29, 9:00–10:30am: (Session descriptions)

MURALS ’21 – Scholarly Work Presented By Our Students (Zoom Meeting Format)

Oct. 29, 10:30am–12:00pm

Hungry to Learn Film Panel

Yavilah McCoy

2021 Keynote Speakers

The 2021 Diversity Symposium Planning Committee is thrilled to announce two keynote speakers, Yavilah McCoy and Dr. Mahzarin Banaji.

Keynote by Yavilah McCoy | Oct. 25, 11:00am–12:00pm | “Faith, Power and Privilege: Holding Intersectionality, Equity and Justice”

Keynote by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji | Oct. 28, 11:00am–1:00pm | “Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People”

Sign language interpreters will be available for both keynotes.

Mahzarin Banaji

Yavilah McCoy is the founder of Ayecha, a nonprofit Jewish organization that provided Jewish diversity education and advocacy for Jews of color in the United States. Raised in an Orthodox family, McCoy studied at Yeshiva University High School and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She has taught Judaic Studies, Hebrew, and English Literature in elementary and secondary schools. In directing Ayecha from 2000–2008, she worked with rabbis, synagogues, schools, federations and multiple agencies to increase awareness of Jewish diversity and expand inclusion for Jews of color. As an anti-racism activist, she has provided training and consulting to numerous social justice agencies both within and outside of the Jewish community. In 2008 she became director of the New England Curriculum Initiative, a non-profit educational consultancy that services 600 prep schools across the nation with religious diversity resources. In 2009 McCoy co-wrote and performed The Colors of Water, a Jewish gospel musical describing the matriarchal journey of four generations of her African-American Jewish family. In 2014 she established Dimensions Educational Consulting, through which she continues to support organizations in expanding their relationships across race, religion, identity and culture. Co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence and the Presidential Task Force on Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism

Dr. Mahzarin Banaji is Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Dept of Psychology at Harvard University. Banaji and her colleague coined the term “implicit bias” in the mid-1990s to refer to behavior that occurs without conscious awareness. Today, Professor Banaji is a Cabot Professor of Social Ethics in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences and has received numerous awards for her scientific contributions.

The focus of the Banaji’s keynote, Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People, is to reveal the surprising and even perplexing ways in which we make errors in assessing and evaluating others when we recruit and hire, onboard and promote, lead teams, undertake succession planning, and work on behalf of our clients or the public we serve. It is Professor Banaji’s belief that people intend well and that the inconsistency we see, between values and behavior, comes from a lack of awareness. But because implicit bias is pervasive, we must rely on scientific evidence to “outsmart” our minds.  If we do so, we will be more likely to reach the life goals we have chosen for ourselves and to serve better the organizations for which we work.

CSU Inspire

A highlight of CSU’s Diversity Symposium 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.

Sign language interpreters will be available for the CSU Inspire session.

CSU Inspire: Wednesday, October 27 | 12:00 – 1:30pm

2021 CSU Inspire speakers:

Melissa Burt

Description: The climate crisis is real. It’s happening now. And it should matter to all of us because it impacts all of us. In this presentation, I’ll discuss the importance and critical need to center diverse voices, ideas, experiences to lead the way to combatting the climate problem and the power of OUR voice. I’ll weave in my experiences becoming an atmospheric scientist and a diversity, equity, and inclusion leader in the field. 

About the speaker: Dr. Melissa Burt is an Atmospheric Scientist and the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in the Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering. Dr. Burt leads the strategic planning and implementation efforts for diversity, inclusion and equity goals across the College, and has an active role in university-wide diversity and inclusion initiatives. Burt is passionate about building positive science cultures, and helping young people, especially young women of color, view themselves as future scientists.

Camille DungyDescription: Why resisting ideas like writers block and imposters syndrome might just save your life and someone else’s too.

About the speaker: Camille T. Dungy is the author of the essay collection Guidebook to Relative Strangers: Journeys into Race, Motherhood, and History, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade, winner of the Colorado Book Award. She edited Black Nature: Four Centuries of African American Nature Poetry, the first anthology to bring African American poetry about the natural world to national attention. Dungy also co-edited the From the Fishouse poetry anthology, and she served as assistant editor on Gathering Ground: Celebrating Cave Canem’s First Decade. Dungy’s work has appeared in Best American Poetry, 100 Best African American Poems, Best American Essays, Best American Travel Essays, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, All We Can Save: Truth, Courage, and Solutions for the Climate Crisis, the Pushcart Anthology, and more than 30 other anthologies plus dozens of print and online venues including Poetry, American Poetry Review, VQR, Literary Hub, The Paris Review, and Poets.org. Her honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship, an American Book Award, two Northern California Book Awards, two NAACP Image Award Nominations, to Hurston/Wright Legacy Award nominations, and fellowships from the NEA in both prose and poetry. Dungy is a University Distinguished Professor in the English Department at Colorado State University. www.camilledungy.com

Rickey FriersonDescription: Understanding the purpose of your life. Realizing that you were created in a unique way, and for a unique purpose. Become re-dedicated and focused on your goals. Learn how to feel and why to feel good about yourself. Get a different perspective on why things happen the way they do, and why people view you the way they do. Learn how your thoughts are the true driving force on your manifestation in the world today. Develop a new mantra about yourself, your purpose, and overall vision of life.

About the speaker: Dr. Rickey Frierson has spent the last thirteen years presenting internationally and domestically on issues of social justice, diversity and inclusion, and underrepresented student success within higher education. Dr. Frierson is an inspirational speaker for high schools, colleges, and community organizations. Dr. Frierson is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University. His research interest centers on institutional accountability and effectiveness in student success and completion at predominantly white public institutions. More succinctly, Dr. Frierson takes pride in assisting administrators, superintendents, principals, professors, teachers, counselors, and institutions in examining proactive strategies to create efficient and fruitful educational experiences for their diverse students, staff, and faculty. Dr. Frierson has published articles, submitted book reviews, and has written book contributions that all stem around efficiencies of education

Haley GonzalezDescription: As a current student, Haley will provide a lens into their experiences while at CSU, including insights into their current projects with Pride Resource Center, Visible Voices, Safe Zone trainings, new student success seminars, and more. Haley will overview the importance of activism, community work/healing, allyship vs accompliceship and why accurate education is important when working toward dismantling systems of harm, perpetuation and more.

About the speaker: 
Haley Arce Gonzalez is a first generation Latiné student at CSU studying Psychology with a minor in Ethnic Studies. Haley chose to participate in this year’s Diversity Symposium to take time and share the impacts of their experience as a student. Haley thinks it is beyond important to recognize student positionality and strength within to change the systems of oppression. Haley does this by learning, self/community advocacy, education and healing. Haley believes people should have a chance to share their voice in whatever way possible and strives to help students, folxs and community members to learn, feel, reflect and understand who they are.

Pre-Recorded Sessions

In order to provide a variety of content for maximum accessibility, several Symposium sessions have been pre-recorded for asynchronous learning.

Presented by Thu-Hong Nguyen, TaRea Betts, and Natalie Rodgers

Session Description: 

As our society understands more about where the pervasiveness of systemic oppression, this interactive workshop leads the audience through a hands-on, interactive session to understand the levels of oppression and how it can show up in our institutions and interactions.

Participants will:
1) Learn to identify where systemic barriers prevent equitable outcomes in the various spheres of oppression.
2) Practice applying multi-dimensional systems thinking at the institutional level for your organization.
3) Leave with actionable steps that can be taken right away to start removing oppressive barriers and making positive change from your seat and within your sphere of influence.
4) Learn what it means to embrace an inclusive and equitable mindset and understand how you can integrate these practices in your life.

We solve for systemic issues by focusing on removing bias in operations and building more inclusive policies and practices in their place. All solutions are designed with an understanding of the disparities in access and the impact these differences have on equitable outcomes, and the importance of being inclusive by design.

Session Audience: 

About the Speaker(s): 

The Acacia Co. was founded by TaRea, Natalie, and Thu-Hong in response to the ever-growing need for integrating diversity and inclusion into the workplace – the right way.

Thu-Hong is a Human Resources professional with a background in the corporate tech and international non-profit sectors. Her experience is in General HR Operations, Recruitment, Learning & Development, Project Management, and DEI strategy. Prior to Acacia, she worked in Human Resource Operations at Google, overseeing HR services and programs to help make HR easy and intuitive for employees. Thu-Hong is a part-time graduate student of Industrial & Organizational Psychology at Colorado State University. She is passionate about building allyship and coalition, and helping organizations find HR solutions that are holistic and research-driven.

TaRea’s experience is rooted in 4 years of HR, Program Management, DEI Strategy, and Talent Acquisition. She’s currently an HR Program Manager at Google, working on large scale performance management for over 120,000 employees. She’s developed, led, and managed several DEI initiatives at scale. She also has experience in business strategy, operations, as well as coaching and facilitation. TaRea is a huge advocate of lifelong learning and a firm believer in a growth mindset. She believes deeply in the importance of improving representation, belonging, equity, and access to education.

Natalie brings 7+ years of Project Management and Team Development experience to the team. Her career has been focused on supporting a variety of small and medium sized businesses as well as non-profit organizations with strategic planning, operational efficiency, learning and development, and team management. She believes that productive people and processes are fundamental to building a sustainable business that lives beyond today. When Natalie’s not in the office, she’s serving on the Board of Directors and teaching Salsa classes for the non-profit dance company and academy, Tapestry Dance. She also serves on the local, Austin Board of Advisors of AIESEC as a loyal advocate for global youth leadership.

Presented by Martín Carcasson

Session Description: This session focuses on how to better engage diverse publics on difficult issues in order to elevate the quality of public discussion, particularly considering the current level of polarization and hyper-partisanship evident. It utilizes the concept of wicked problems as a useful framework for reframing complex issues in a way that opens up space for more nuanced conversations. Participants will learn about recent research in social psychology that shows why many of our current public processes unfortunately work to bring out the worst in participants, inherently undermining our ability to address difficult issues and causing more distrust, frustration, and cynicism. Deliberative engagement processes, such as those used by the CSU Center for Public Deliberation, will be introduced as alternatives that avoid triggering the worst in human nature while working to tap into key positive aspects that can be critical to a healthy local public culture.

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Martín Carcasson, Ph.D., is a professor in the Communication Studies department of Colorado State University, the founder and director of the CSU Center for Public Deliberation. His research focuses on helping local communities address “wicked problems” more productively through improved public communication, community problem solving, and collaborative decision-making. The CPD is an impartial resource dedicated to enhancing local democracy. Martin and the CPD staff train students to serve as impartial facilitators, who then work with local governments, school boards, and community organizations to design, facilitate, and report on innovative projects and events on key community issues.

Presented by Lindsey Young, Alexandra Keller, and Beth Wittman

Session Description: Emergence is the way complex systems and patterns arise out of a multiplicity of relatively simple interactions. The Amplify Learning Communities aim to be spaces where science students come together in a way that amplifies their individual voices and can show up as their full selves in STEM. To create this kind of space at CSU, the staff and students in Amplify have been experimenting with the Emergent Strategy framework, as consolidated in adrienne maree brown’s body of work. As scientists, we are always questioning, observing, and learning about the natural world. As it turns out, this scientific mindset is compatible with the nature-based elements of Emergent Strategy. In this interactive workshop, will share the challenges and benefits we encountered when implementing Emergent Strategy within the Amplify programs and work environment. This time will also allow participants to experience some of the Emergent Strategy processes and provide a few tools for applying this framework to their areas of expertise.

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Lindsey Young
Lindsey has been working with Amplify (previously the College of Natural Sciences Learning Community) since 2015. She has an uncanny ability to help people feel purposeful and valued, identifying and leveraging peoples’ strengths and creating experiences where they can shine. If you don’t find her whispering to the gaggle of plants in her office or chatting about science with a collection of students, she might be out in nature, most likely with people who have never been to the mountains before. She is passionate about learning and growing, and can brighten any room she enters with her authenticity and openness.

Alexandra Keller
Alexandra is the Director of Amplify at Colorado State University in the College of Natural Sciences where science students come together in a community that amplifies their individual voices. Alexandra asks how individuals’ unique identities interface with science and higher education in order to imagine equitable STEM education. For over a decade, Alexandra has designed culturally responsive STEM experiences that seek to provide a critical lens for people to investigate the ways their unique identities influence how they navigate the world. Alexandra is a connector. An equity-centered educator. A leadership re-definer. A somatic coach. A listener. A disrupter.

Beth Wittmann
Beth Wittmann is a PhD student in the biology department at Colorado State University whose research centers equity in natural resources. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in wildlife biology and collaborates with the Amplify Learning Community in designing initiatives to make CSU a more equitable place for STEM students who are underrepresented in science. Through her research at CSU, she hopes to investigate the veiled history of conservation and modern western science to shed light on inequities that persist in those fields today.

Presented by Fleurette King

Session Description: This presentation will provide information on the current anti-transgender legislation that imposes on the civil rights of transgender, nonbinary, and gender non-conforming people, particularly in sports. Participants gain insight into the impact and what is happening to support trans athletes.

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): Fleurette (Flo) King serves as the Equity Educator in Undergraduate Affairs and The Institute for Learning and Teaching (TILT) at CSU. King is an instructor in the Student Affairs/Higher Education (SAHE) program. Flo provides instructor/faculty-facing professional development to assist with inclusive pedagogy and classroom management. King has been a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) educator for over 28 years in higher education. King has completed an M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University.

Presented by Dr. B Nathan

Session Description: This session will provide data as found in a dissertation research study that was conducted during the summer of 2020. The research is critical and the way the research is presented is critical to transforming supervision in not just student affairs, but in all industries. What makes this research unique and accessible, is the use of poetry embedded throughout the research. The poetry was written using the words of us 9 sista colleagues to share the responses to the research questions. In essence, audience members will go on a journey as stories as shared through poetry. Included in the sharing will be the methodology that allowed for engagement in research in such a non traditional way. Following the presentation, discussion prompts will be provided for audience members that ask and reflect on the following: What are the talents and gifts your Black Women colleagues bring to the work environment? How will you directly support your Black Women colleagues in positions of leadership and supervision? Knowing what you know now about our experiences as supervisors, what is one thing you will commit to in your role as a supervisor or direct report of Black Women? The session will close with an appreciation.

Session Audience: Supervisors, Black Women Staff, Black Women Faculty, Staff, All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Dr. B. Nathan (she/her): Dr. B has over 20 years of experience as a Higher Education administrator including the 8 years, she spent at Colorado State University as a midlevel administrator. Her years and history of action-oriented work in equity, inclusion and social justice serves as the spark in her life as she wants folks to truly be able to live their truths and authentic selves without any fear and harm. Dr. B returned to Colorado State to enter and complete her doctorate. Her dissertation illuminates the experiences of racism and sexism Black Women midlevel administrators experience from supervisors and direct reports; as well as how we supervise from the lens of being Black Women. When not at her full time job, B serves as a facilitator for leadershape and works as an independent consultant working with organizations on aspects of DEI and supervision.

Presented by Beth Wittman and Alexandra Keller

Session Description: Despite policies, programs, and research aimed at decreasing the disparity in educational equity for marginalized students in STEM fields, blatant inequities remain for students in their pursuit of and completion of STEM degrees. As expected, these disparities are reflected and amplified in the demographics of the larger STEM workforce. One possible reason these inequities persist is the culture of STEM itself. There is a belief within some science fields that diversity, equity, and inclusion are important but not always relevant to STEM, since the scientific method is understood to control for human variables and bias. In this session, we look back to the origin stories of science to understand how the tendrils of the past still have their grasp on the science culture of the present. Through sharing some of the history that is rarely given light in STEM, we aim to investigate how these buried parts of our scientific past influence the way that we view ourselves, our identities, and what we consider well-founded in science today. By questioning what is considered credible in science, we begin to open ourselves up to the possibility of indigenous ways of knowing and in turn see the connections between seemingly disparate ideas like queer ecology, eugenics, binaries, and the promise of objectivity.

Session Audience: All audiences

About the Speaker(s): 

Beth Wittmann is a PhD student in the biology department at Colorado State University whose research centers equity in natural resources. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont in wildlife biology and collaborates with the Amplify Learning Community in designing initiatives to make CSU a more equitable place for STEM students who are underrepresented in science. Through her research at CSU, she hopes to investigate the veiled history of conservation and modern western science to shed light on inequities that persist in those fields today.

Alexandra Keller is the Director of Amplify at Colorado State University in the College of Natural Sciences where science students come together in a community that amplifies their individual voices. Alexandra asks how individuals’ unique identities interface with science and higher education in order to imagine equitable STEM education. For over a decade, Alexandra has designed culturally responsive STEM experiences that seek to provide a critical lens for people to investigate the ways their unique identities influence how they navigate the world. Alexandra is a connector. An equity-centered educator. A leadership re-definer. A somatic coach. A listener. A disrupter.

Hungry to Learn Film

In partnership with the ACT Film Festival, the Diversity Symposium Planning Committee is excited to offer all registered attendees access to the film Hungry to Learn.

Watching the Film

The film will be available for viewing October 25 – 29

  • Streaming Link
  • The streaming link will go live on the morning of October 25th and will close after 500 households have viewed the film.

Film Description

HUNGRY TO LEARN introduces the faces behind an American crisis — college students so strapped to pay tuition that they don’t have enough money to eat or a place to live. A lack of food is just a symptom of a bigger problem, the American Dream of a college education slipping out of reach. It is the story of how colleges, once places for children of privilege, opened their doors to students of limited means but failed to provide enough financial aid to allow these new students to graduate without making painful choices. This documentary is not just about the devastating hunger crisis unfolding on American campuses, it is about what can — and should — be done about it.

Panel Discussion – Oct. 29

On Friday, October 29 from 10:30am-12:00pm, panelists will discuss food insecurity at CSU and systemically across universities. They will speak to themes in the film, but will also address topics that are relevant and critical regardless of film viewing.


  • Kathryn Conrad – Rams Against Hunger Student Coordinator – Senior with a double major in Political Science and Women’s & Gender Studies with an Interdisciplinary Leadership Minor.
  • Uriel Diaz – Rams Against Hunger Student Coordinator – Junior with a Psychology major, along with a Spanish and Business minor
  • Shay Lentz – SNAP Benefits Specialist, Graduate Student in Social Work, and Administrative Assistant in Case Management
  • Michael Buttram – Basic Needs Program Manager
  • Moderator: Elizabeth Sink, Master Teaching Instructor, Communication Studies & Presidential Leadership Fellow

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.

To register, complete the 2021 Diversity Symposium registration form. Once you submit your registration form, you’re all set for now! 

In early October, the Diversity Symposium 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 Diversity Symposium 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 Alicia Sprague at alicia.sprague@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.

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About the Diversity Symposium

Beginning in 2001 with a one day event, 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 Diversity Symposium 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.