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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence


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Thursday evening - "Standing in the Gap" Screening and Discussion

Maria del Carmen Salazar - Moderator
Dr. Salazar received a PhD from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She served for three years on the Colorado Quality Teachers Commission to design a teacher identifier system for the state of Colorado. Dr. Salazar has served for four years on the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), a national collaborative to revise model content standards and develop learning progressions for teacher licensure, assessment and development.  Her research and scholarship center on transformative teacher preparation for diverse learners through empirical research and promising practices in teacher recruitment, preparation, and professional development.


Antonio Esquibel
Antonio Esquibel is the Executive Director of the West Denver Network with Denver Public Schools supporting and leading the most impacted schools in Denver.  He has been in education for the past 21 years with a vast array of experiences and knowledge.  He has worked in suburban, rural and urban settings.  Having worked in all levels of the K-12 spectrum and having built solid partnerships with post-secondary institutions, he understands the need in securing a strong alignment to ensure students will be college ready.  Most recently his success has come from being the principal at Abraham Lincoln High School in Denver, CO where he led educational reform at the largest Spanish speaking school in the state.  In addition, he has been a teacher, Dean of Students, assistant principal, principal and district administrator.  His strong passion for those students who have faced social barriers makes him a strong advocate for all students to become college ready.  He is recognized locally as an educational leader, in particular for the Latino community.

Burt Hubbard
Burt Hubbard was the lead data analyst and reporter for Standing in the Gap, and is a reporter for Rocky Mountain PBS News. Burt is well-known in the journalism world for his data analysis skills. His numerous awards include two prestigious Best of The West awards, a national education award for investigative reporting, and Reporter of the Year in Colorado. He also was a top-10 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting for the Rocky Mountain News and is enshrined in the Scripps Howard Journalism Hall of Fame. Burt has taught computer-assisted reporting and internet research to graduate students for 11 years at the University of Colorado School of Journalism and Mass Communication. For the past three years he has led research symposiums for journalists and citizens throughout Colorado on behalf of the university.

Ricardo Martinez
Ricardo Martinez is a founding member of Padres & Jovenes Unidos. Currently, he is a Co-Executive Director of the organization.  His involvement in the struggle for educational equity spans many years from the 1982 Supreme Court landmark case Plyer vs. Doe, that gave undocumented children the right to a free public K - 12 education to the current efforts to ensure that every student in the Denver Public School system graduates ready for college. 

Karen Riley
Dr. Riley is the Dean for the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Her education includes a B.S. in Psychology from Colorado State University; a M.A. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Denver and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in Child and Family Studies from the University of Denver. She completed a two year postdoctoral fellowship at The Children’s Hospital in Denver in the Fragile X Treatment and Research Center and subsequently worked at the Child Development Unit within The Children’s Hospital. She has recently been contracted to develop and implement a training program for teachers in Guatemala. This pre-service program will be a part of the university teachers’ program and will focus on how to work with children with neurodevelopmental disorders. She has over 15 years of experience in teaching and administration of early childhood special education programs. She has an additional 15 years of experience working with children who have neurodevelopmental disorders and their families. She lectures extensively throughout the U.S. as well as internationally, on behavioral and educational interventions for children with neurodevelopmental disorders primarily those with fragile X syndrome.

Julie Speer
Julie is the Director, an Executive Producer, and Co-Writer for “Standing in the Gap”: Race in Education. From HIV in Africa to homelessness in Denver, award-winning producer/director Julie Speer has spent the past 16 years creating socially engaging and educational video content. Recent credits include Emmy Award winning Colorado Experience, a weekly half-hour history show, and Great Ingredients, an Emmy Award winning web-series on local farming and produce. Long form documentary credits include Emmy Nominated Sweet Ambition and Haiti’s Small Miracles, both which aired on PBS stations and in classrooms around the United States. Swift Justice examines illegal immigration in America and the largest workplace raid in U.S. history. From 1999 to 2009, Julie was the Executive Director & Founder of Little Voice Productions – a nonprofit film company with a mission of educating and inspiring positive social change through media and technology. She is skilled in all technical areas of production – writing, shooting, and editing, and her true passion is directing. Julie is fluent in French and travels extensively. Julie is the recipient of many Emmy Awards, Telly Awards, and received a Bachelor’s of Art Degree in International Affairs and Economics from Vesalius College.

Friday morning keynote - Dr. Eddie moore jr.

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Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he started America & MOORE, LLC [] to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege and leadership trainings and workshops. The list of his trainings and workshops include; The N!gga(er) Word, 21st Century Workplace Issues, Race Relations, The Opportunity/Achievement Gap, Black History, Drugs/Alcohol Recovery and Success,Diversity, Power, Leadership & Moore,and White Privilege 101. Dr Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers/educators especially for his work with students K-16. Dr. Moore is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference (WPC), []. Dr. Moore’s interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, 1st Place, [] and he is featured [], the film “I’m not Racist… Am I?”

Under the direction of Dr Moore and his inclusive relationship model, the WPC has become one of the top national and international conferences for participants who want to move beyond dialogue and into action around issues of diversity, power, privilege, and leadership. In 2014 Dr. Moore founded The Privilege Institute which engages people in research, education, action and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications and strategic partnerships and relationships. Dr. Moore is co-founder of the on-line journal Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories, and the forthcoming on-line workbook,The White Women’s Guide to Teaching Black Males. Over the last 10-years, Dr Moore has served as Director of Diversity at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY and The Bush School in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Moore earned his PhD from the University of Iowa in Education Leadership, where his doctoral research was on Black Football Players at Division III Schools in the Midwest. Twitter: @eddieknowsmoore | Instagram: eddiemoorejr |

Friday lunch keynote- Dr. Damon Williams 

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Dr Damon A Williams is a scholar, leader, and educator passionate about making organizations inclusive and excellent for all, creating equitable educational outcomes, and activating learning, youth development, and leadership in ways that are transformative and inspiring of new possibilities.

In September of 2013, he assumed a new role of global responsibility as the Senior Vice President for Program, Training, and Youth Development Services for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. In this role, he is the chief education officer for the BGC Movement, as he leads the national program strategy for BGCA's strategic outcome areas—Academic Success, Good Character and Citizenship, and Healthy Lifestyles—with a focus on strengthening the Club experience and creating a new generation of leaders that expand the pipeline into higher education.

Prior to joining BGCA, he served for five years as associate vice chancellor, vice provost, chief diversity officer, and member of the educational leadership and policy analysis faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was the founding leader of the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement (DDEEA) a vertically integrated portfolio divisional infrastructure that includes the nation’s largest pre-college to college K-16 pipeline development program, the world’s only hip-hop urban arts scholarship program learning community (Office of Multicultural Arts Initiatives/First Wave), innovative campus-wide partnerships to enhance STEM achievement and faculty diversification, research centers (WeiLab), and a four-city partnership with the National Posse Foundation.

He is a four-time scholar in residence for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) leading sessions at the 2 Greater Expectations and High Impact Practices (HIP) Institutes, and serving as an authoring contributor in their Inclusive Excellence Project. He has served as a two-time scholar in residence for the prestigious American Council of Education (ACE) Fellowship Mid-Year Institute, lecturing on issues of strategic diversity leadership, retention, youth development, pre-college to college pipeline programs, faculty diversity, inclusion, and change management. In addition, he currently serves on the ACE Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the UC Berkeley Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, the Gallaudet University Diversity Advisory, and the National Diversity Council Executive Board.

His most recent books, designed to be read alone or as companion books, Strategic Diversity Leadership: Activating Change and Transformation In Higher Education and The Chief Diversity Officer: Strategy, Structure, and Change Management (Co-authored with Dr. Katrina Wade Golden) provide a sophisticated and nuanced approach to assist leaders with the overall process of leading diversity themed change and developing sound diversity infrastructures and strategies.

He earned his PhD from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education (CSHPE), where his focus was in the area of organizational behavior and management. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership and his bachelor’s degree in sociology both from Miami University.

Friday afternoon - Romero Theater Troupe

The Romero Theater Troupe attempts to introduce the general public to our state history "from below," or through the lens of those who did not enjoy political, economic, cultural, or social privilege. The troupe is composed entirely of volunteers whose mission is to grow together in community with others, to engage the general public in the practice of exploring history, and to promote social justice through the art of theater.  For more information about the Romero Theater Troupe, please visit their website at