Submissions for the 2023 Symposium for Inclusive Excellence are now open. Please apply using the form below. The deadline for submission is Friday, June 30, 2023. The symposium will be held October 23 – 27, 2023. 

We ask presenters to consider trending topics of diversity, equity and inclusion in talent acquisition and retention, PreK-12+ and higher education, leadership, philanthropy current national and international dynamics, and topics directly relating to equity initiatives at Colorado State University and the surrounding community. The selection committee reserves the right to select sessions that align with the mission and vision of the Office of Inclusive Excellence. Sessions will be selected based on the criteria below:

Session criteria

  • Presentation creativity – style, format, and title
  • Learning accommodations – consider a wide variety of learning styles and accessibility
  • Audience participation – engaging and interactive sessions tend to be more successful
  • Discussion time – build in enough time for audience discussion and questions
  • Defined target audience – designate the demographic of attendees (for example, undergraduate students, graduate students, community members, faculty and staff, etc.
  • Please note, session windows are 90 minutes in length. 

Symposium for Inclusive Excellence Contact:

Amber Sanchez (She/Her/Hers) 

Symposium for Inclusive Excellence Proposal Submission

  • Applicant Information

  • The Symposium for Inclusive Excellence welcomes proposals from the Colorado State University system, community partners, community organizations and individuals.
  • Students, please identify your college or department.

  • Please use your professional work title. Students, please indicate your year and program. Community members are welcome to use professional titles or how your lived experience contributes to your presentation.
  • This will be used in our online and/or print programming guide. For example: Jane Doe is a community organizer for ABC Company, a nonprofit centered on providing equitable housing for the Latinx population in Northern Colorado. Please limit your bio to 300 characters with 2-3 sentences.
  • This number will be used on the day of the symposium.
  • Workshop Proposal

  • Submissions should be original research and content. Please list all authors and specify if co-authors will also be presenting.
  • One or more individuals can present workshops. Please be sure to include the total number of co-presenters, including yourself.
  • Please indicate which audiences within the CSU community would be most interested in your presentation topic, such as faculty, staff, students, graduate students, community members, educators, mentors, supervisors, everyone, etc.
  • Please demonstrate what you plan to present, including broad topics, discussion prompts, small group time, whether the presentation is interactive or lecture-style, etc. Limit your description to 250 words.
  • Do you have a website related to this project?
  • Please upload any additional information you would like to include.
    Max. file size: 49 MB.

  • Learning Objectives

    Please use the spaces below to list at least one learning objective. If you need help, see our Curriculum/Curricular Alignment page with advice on learning objectives. Click here.
  • What would you like your audience to learn? (Example: Best practices for visual inclusive learning)
  • Please list any additional learning objectives.
  • Please list any additional learning objectives.
  • Additional Information

  • Please choose the topic(s) or term(s) to best describe your session to assist attendees in selecting sessions that best fit their interest areas (select all of the categories that are relevant to your presentation). If you would like to add a category, please check “other” and fill out the box below.

  • Presentation Format

    The 2023 Symposium for Inclusive Excellence will be largely held in a virtual setting via Zoom, with limited in-person events. To assist our team with proposal selections and format decisions, the following questions indicate your willingness to present in two different formats: virtual and in person. Please answer yes to the formats you are open to presenting in.
  • Please note: the final format of your session will be determined by the Planning Committee based on interest and availability

  • Please note: the final format of your session will be determined by the Planning Committee based on interest and availability

  • Please select all days and times which work for your schedule during this year’s Symposium.

  • Please select all days which work for your schedule during this year’s Symposium.

  • 2023 CSU Inspire

  • Are you interested in being a 2023 CSU Inspire speaker? CSU Inspire is a featured event of the Symposium, bringing together 5-10 TED Talk-like sessions led by CSU faculty, staff, and students. Topics are focused on sharing engaging and inspiring initiatives happening on our campus and/or personal stories in relation to social justice, in short 8-minute presentations. Know of someone who would be a great CSU Inspire speaker? Email nominations to Sam Boren at

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