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Facilitating Positive Change

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FORWARD offers DU affiliates the opportunity to develop and apply their understanding and action around Inclusive Excellence (IE) on a deeper level. Participants receive training from CME, and facilitate educational presentations and dialogues for campus programs.

Specifically, FORWARD:

  • Provides opportunities for DU affiliates to develop deeper knowledge, experience and skills for constructively engaging diversity issues
  • Embeds IE content and process experts across the institution
  • Augments the educational impact of CME through a larger presence IE presenters/facilitators across the campus

Selected participants commit to:

  • an intensive, on-campus training retreat on intergroup relations concepts and facilitation skills. The Fall 2016 dates will be Friday-Sunday, September 23-25. Meals, accommodations and all materials are provided free to selected participants.
  • training for specific program models and/or content (e.g., Voices of Discovery, Queer & Ally Training); specific times (1-4 hours) varies by content
  • Team Meetings a minimum of once per month (for program updates, facilitation debriefs, peer support, etc); schedules negotiated each term
  • a minimum of 10 hours of facilitation/practice each quarter through CME-affiliated programs

Participants receive:

  • professional training and practical experience
  • satisfaction of having contributed substantially to improving DU climate for diversity
  • logistical support from CME for presentations
  • snazzy DU/CME apparel
  • letters of participation and/or reference


A new initiative from 2012, we piloted the program with graduate students; and now include advanced undergraduate students as well. A version for staff and faculty is also in development.

PLEASE NOTE: Program participants must already have substantial participation experience in programs (i.e. courses, workshops, seminars, etc.) focused on diversity, Inclusive Excellence, social justice, intergroup relations, intercultural communication and/or other related fields. Building on this existing foundation, FORWARD facilitators take their understanding to the next level by sharing it with others. Experience with public presentation/speaking, discussion leading and other change leadership is a plus, but not necessary.

Affiliates looking for an introduction to or simply more experience with these topics are invited to explore other upcoming campus IE opportunities (e.g., our DEO compilation) and to apply in future cohorts.


Applications are accepted at least once an academic year, as there are slots available in the cohort. Interested DU affiliates apply online, and participants are selected by CME staff and the current cohort. We seek to have a range of identities, experiences and affiliations to best represent and engage the campus.

Our 2015-16 new members have been selected. 2016-17 applications will open in early April 2016. 

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