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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Diversity Summit 2015


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 while the formal deadline has passed, we are still reviewing new submissions on a rolling basis.

Registration is live!

Nominate someone for the Champions of Change Award. 

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

The Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media will host the luncheon, as a part of the summit, on Friday, January 23, 2015, from 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m, at University of Denver’s Driscoll Ballroom. 

The Anvil of Freedom Award for outstanding journalism and democracy will be presented at the luncheon in honor of keynote speaker Michelle D. Bernard , chairman, founder, president, and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy. Bernard is an attorney, frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC and CNN, and a guest commentator on BBC Radio and National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Tell me More with Michel Martin

About Michelle Bernard

Bernard’s work focuses on domestic and foreign policy, including matters of racial, social, and gender justice, as well as the advancement of democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities across the world. 

She was honored as “Rising Star” in the November 2014 issue of Essence Magazine, and is the author of Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013 and Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before

Bernard is on the board of directors of the Coalition for Opportunity in Education, is a member of the Women’s Forum of Washington, D.C., and holds several other leadership positions. 

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.

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