Upcoming Events


Patricia Vigil named MSFN Chair Elect

Patricia Vigil

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National Latinx Heritage Month

El Centro is celebrating National Latinx Heritage Month in September. Click here for more information.

Women of Color

Women who participated in the Women of Color Summit that was held this past summer on June 9th are invited to a follow up luncheon that is scheduled for November 6, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Grey Rock Room of the LSC.  Summer participants are encouraged to attend and to invite other women of color to this event.

* Save the Date *

First Networking Meeting


All members are encourage to attend.
Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Time: 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Location to be announced soon.

Fall Reception with President Frank

Date: Monday, December 4, 2017
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Location: Iris and Michael Smith Alumni Center
CSU Stadium

Additional resources and support for DACA students:

Student Support Services for Undocumented, DACA, and ASSET

Diversity Simposium :: September 25-29, 2017 at the Lory Student Center

The 2017 Diversity Symposium will be held Sept 25-29 in the Lory Student Center. The annual Symposium has grown tremendously since the first single-day “Diversity Summit” 17 years ago, and we are proud this year to offer the highest number of sessions at a Symposium yet with a multitude of relevant and engaging diversity and inclusion-oriented topics for both campus and the wider community.

As we find ourselves in the ever-changing landscape of national demographics, the Diversity Symposium acts as an outlet to engage in critical discourse, learn new skills to engage in diversity and inclusion efforts, and celebrate the many initiatives we have invested in as a community. Diversity and inclusion are essential values of our modern land-grant mission and now, perhaps more than ever, we need to embrace these values as a community.

I encourage you to attend as many sessions as your schedule will allow and to encourage others in your departments and colleges. This year, our campus partnerships have allowed us to feature several dynamic speakers throughout the entire week. We are honored to host Dr. Claude Steele as our featured Keynote speaker on Tuesday, September 26th. Dr. Steele, social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley, is best known for his research on stereotype threat and for his 2010 book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

I would like to extend a special thank you to our organizing committee and the many volunteers who have committed to making this year’s Symposium a success.

*View our Full Schedule:

Monday, September 25, 2017
Speaker: Jessica Bennett
Lory Student Center Ballroom D, 1:00 pm

As part of its ongoing effort to improve the campus climate for all, Colorado State University has become the first institution of higher education to launch a “Feminist Fight Club” on campus. Jessica Bennett, award-winning journalist and author of Feminist Fight Club, will help CSU launch this new initiative with a fireside chat on challenging subtle sexism in the workplace as well as a book signing and workshops. This event is organized and sponsored by the Women & Gender Collaborative.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
General Sessions
Lory Student Center, 9:15 AM – 4:00 PM

CSU Inspire
Lory Student Center Theatre, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM

Join us for CSU Inspire, a TED-talk like session focused on sharing engaging and inspiring initiatives that are happening on our campus in relation to diversity, in short 8-minute presentations. Light lunch will be provided. Registration is not necessary but seats are first-come, first-served. We are fortunate to host the following speakers at this year’s CSU Inspire: Alexis Kanda-Olmstead, Robert Franklin II, DeeDee Wright, Dr. D-L Stewart, Dr. OiYan Poon, and T’Hani Holt.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Claude Steele
Lory Student Center Theatre, 5:30 PM

We are excited to introduce Dr. Claude Steele as a Keynote speaker for this year’s Diversity Symposium. Dr. Steele is a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology at UC Berkeley. Best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance, he is the author of the 2010 book Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
General Sessions
Lory Student Center, 9:15 AM – 4:00 PM

Chief Diversity Officer Panel
Lory Student Center North Ballroom, 2:00 PM

Join CSU’s Vice President for Diversity Mary Ontiveros, UNC’s Fleurette King, DU’s Dr. Frank Tuitt and the Community College of Aurora’s LaQuilla Phillips for a panel discussion on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion as a strategy to support the critical mission of higher education.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
General Sessions
Lory Student Center, 9:15 AM – 3:30 PM

School of Education Keynote Speaker: Dr. Christine Sleeter
Lory Student Center Theatre, 4:30 PM

In partnership with the School of Education, we are pleased to present Dr. Christine Sleeter as a Keynote speaker for this year’s Diversity Symposium. Dr. Sleeter is an author, speaker, teacher, and activist who uses creative work to spark insight about respect for the diverse people who share space in classrooms, schools, and communities. Her keynote is titled “Why Ethnic Studies and Critical Race Theory Matter for Education.”

Friday, September 29, 2017
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Damon A. Williams
Lory Student Center Theatre, 11:30 AM

Dr. Damon A. Williams is an award-winning scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, empowering a new generation of diverse leaders for America. He is a founding architect of the “Inclusive Excellence” concept and author of the 2013 book Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation in Higher Education.

We look forward to seeing you at the Diversity Symposium.

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