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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence


Thursday and Friday, January 22nd-23rd, 2015

Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Still Matters!

On March 7, 1965, a peaceful multiracial march took place in Selma, Alabama to draw attention to the call for equal voting rights in this country. Met with violence, their efforts helped call national attention to the need for comprehensive voting rights legislation; and the federal Voting Rights Act became law on August 6, 1965. This year's 14th annual Diversity Summit, following the State of Colorado's Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration theme, will focus on actions that made progress possible 50 years ago and what we can do today to continue the struggle for social justice and equality in the United States.

Workshop proposals are now open, and are due by 9am on Monday, November 3, 2014. Other links (at left) will become active as content is ready.

Graduate students should also save the date for the GSG's 2nd annual Graduate Research & Performance Summit , on Friday, January 30, 2015.

In 2001, the DU Diversity Summit began with a few undergraduate students coming together to talk about diversity. The event has grown tremendously since then, now engaging up to six hundred participants annually.

In 2007, the University of Denver made an institutional commitment to Inclusive Excellence, the philosophical and practical concept that inclusiveness and excellence are one in the same, which guided the Summit focus to Include Excellence. Originally, the Diversity Summit highlighted the success and ambitions around IE and diversity of DU administration, faculty, staff and students but has grown to incorporate leaders in diversity and Inclusive Excellence from Denver, the region and the nation. The Diversity Summit has featured keynote speakers active within academia as well as those from the business sector.

Each year, a DU student contributes the Summit artwork. Senior Micah Desaire created the 2014 graphic. See the Summit history page for previous themes, accompanying artwork and past programs.

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