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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence


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Thursday evening- Changing the outcomes for Brown and Garner: Using the Power of the vote

Anthony Grimes, CEO and founder of Urbanmuse Media, Founding Pastor of the Park Hill Parish

Anthony Grimes is a pastor, writer, and community animator. He likes to engage community building and social justice with a rare combination of lived experience, thoughtful reflection, and innovative leadership. His Park Hill neighborhood was one of the most turbulent in the nation during the nationally recognized gang war that plagued Denver in the 1990's. The context of the city—both its social ills and special sense of community—serves as the mimesis for his leadership in a broad range of social sectors. Yet, in every role, he brings a singular vision of redeeming communities across urban America, especially for the sake of disenfranchised youth.

Anthony Grimes became the first in his family to graduate from college, and was recognized by Colorado State University as a Distinguished First Generation Scholar before receiving his BA in Speech Communication and Ethnic Studies. He went on to receive a Master of Divinity degree from Denver Seminary, and was recognized by the staff and his peers with two of the top honors of the school (The Raymond Mcglaughlin Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Preaching and The Carey S Thomas Award for Excellence in Christian Leadership and Service).

In addition to being a prolific writer and speaker, he is the CEO and founder of Urbanmuse Media, as well as the founding pastor of the Park Hill Parish—a start up organization building collective impact and beloved community in Denver. He is a leader in the Christian Community Development Association, a graduate of the Black Chamber Connect Program, and a special student of the late Black-led freedom movement icon, Dr Vincent Harding. He lives with his beautiful wife, Erika, and two kids, Micah and Aniyah, in what he believes is the most amazing neighborhood in the country.

Alvin LaCabe Jr.,Esq., Associate of KRW Associates

Al LaCabe has been involved in law and law enforcement for over forty years.  Prior to retiring in 2010, he served as Manager of Safety for the city of Denver for seven years and was responsible for all aspects of the operations, policy development, budgeting, training, hiring, and discipline for the entire Dept. of Safety which included the Denver Police, Fire, and Sheriff Departments and was composed of approximately 3600 uniformed and civilian employees.

Starting in 1970, Mr. LaCabe served as a Patrol Officer and Investigator with the New Orleans Police Department, a Criminal Investigator with the Denver District Attorney’s Office, an Agent of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, a Deputy and Chief Deputy District Attorney in the Denver District Attorney’s Office, an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Colorado where he was Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crime Section and the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, and as Of Counsel with the Denver law firm of Davis, Graham and Stubbs. He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

 Mr. LaCabe has had extensive local and nation-wide teaching experience as an award-winning member of the faculty of the National College of District Attorneys and as an instructor at the Denver Police and Sheriff academies. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law teaching Criminal Trial Practice and as a guest lecturer at various University, in-service training programs, and continuing legal education courses in the Rocky Mountain region. Mr. LaCabe received his B.A. degree in Criminology and Police Administration with honors from Loyola University of New Orleans in 1972 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Denver College of Law in 1979. 

 Mr. LaCabe is currently an associate of KRW Associates, a law enforcement and governmental consulting firm in the Denver area.

Hillary Potter, Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Boulder

Hillary Potter is Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder. She holds a BA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MA in criminal justice from the John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Dr Potter’s research has focused on the intersections of race, gender, and class as they relate to crime and violence, and she is currently researching race variations in intimate partner homicides; intimate partner abuse among interracial couples; and men’s use of violence. Dr Potter is the author of Battle Cries: Black Women and Intimate Partner Abuse (New York University Press, 2008) and the editor of Racing the Storm: Racial Implications and Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina (Lexington Books, 2007).

Susie Saavedra, Senior Legislative Director for Education and Health Policy

As Senior Legislative Director, Susie Saavedra&nbsp is charged with developing advocacy strategies that support the Urban League’s stated goals to provide quality, accessible healthcare; and education that prepares children for college work and life. Ms Saavedra monitors and analyzes legislative and regulatory activity, provides direction and counsel on advocacy strategies and is the Urban League’s representative on a number of coalitions related to education reform and healthcare.

Ms Saavedra also leads the education and healthcare Affiliate Task Force groups, helping Urban League CEOs stay abreast of national policy developments and offering counsel on the implications at the state level and providing technical assistance so they can advocate for their interests at the state and local level.

Ms Saavedra brings more than a decade of congressional experience working on policies to meet the needs of underserved and underrepresented communities. She has worked in both the House and Senate for high-profile members including then-Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) and most recently as a Legislative Director for Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA-37). In 2011, Ms Saavedra was elected by her peers to serve as the President of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association.

Ms Saavedra received a MPA from George Washington University and a BA from the University of Denver.

Moderator: Robin Walker Sterling, Assistant Professor, DU Sturm College of Law

Robin Walker Sterling is a graduate of Yale College and New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and Georgetown University Law Center, where she earned an L.L.M. in Clinical Advocacy. Following law school, she clerked for Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. She then served as the Stuart-Stiller Teaching Fellow in the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellows program at Georgetown University Law Center, representing adults and children charged with criminal offenses in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia while supervising third-year law students in the Juvenile Justice Clinic. Professor Walker Sterling then worked as a staff attorney in the trial division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), representing adults and children charged with criminal and delinquency offenses. Professor Walker Sterling followed her tenure at PDS with a position as a Supervising Attorney at the Children’s Law Center, where she trained and supervised guardians ad litem handling dependency, adoption, and guardianship cases. For the last three years, Professor Walker Sterling has worked as the Special Counsel with the National Juvenile Defender Center, a juvenile defense policy advocacy organization in Washington, D.C.

Professor Walker Sterling’s research and teaching interests include clinical advocacy, criminal law, and juvenile justice. Professor Walker Sterling’s current work in progress explores extending the right to a jury trial to juveniles facing delinquency proceedings.

Friday lunch keynote- America's Promise: Moving American toward true racial, social and gender justice

The keynote luncheon on Friday, January 23, 2014, from 11:45am-1:30pm, will be hosted by the Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media at the University of Denver’s Driscoll Center Ballroom. The talk may also be viewed via a live stream.

The Estlow Center's Anvil of Freedom Award for outstanding journalism and democracy will be presented at the luncheon in honor of keynote speaker Michelle D. Bernard .

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Michelle D Bernard is the chairman, founder, president and CEO of the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and is a frequent political and legal analyst on MSNBC and other television networks. Bernard is a regular political analyst with Hardball, Up, and The Daily Run Down. Additionally, Bernard appears on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher and The McLaughlin Group. She is a regular guest commentator on BBC Radio, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Tell Me More with Michel Martin and is a contributor for The Hill’s Political Pundits Blog, The Huffington Post, and The Washington Post’s She the People. Bernard is the author of Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, 1963-2013, Women’s Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before and is a contributing author to the National Urban League’s State of Black America and Lifetime Network’s Secrets of Powerful Women: 25 Successful American Politicians Tell How They Got Where They Are – And What It’s Like. In 2009, Bernard co created, co-produced and hosted MSNBC’s historic television program, About Our Children, featuring Dr Bill Cosby. The program, which explored poverty and education reform, aired on MSNBC on September 20, 2009. Bernard is a member of the board of directors of the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence and the Coalition for Opportunity in Education and is a member of the board of trustees of Hampton University. Bernard is a member of the Women’s Forum of Washington, DC and is a 2003 graduate of Leadership Maryland.

An attorney by training, Bernard concentrates on domestic and foreign policy matters. As a political and legal analyst, Bernard has spoken on topics as varied as the historic 2008 presidential campaign and election, various Congressional and gubernatorial campaigns and elections, the political participation and voting trends of African Americans and women, education reform and school choice, energy policy and security, foreign policy and national security issues, the war in Iraq and advancing democracy, economic liberty, and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities in the Middle East. Bernard has been featured in several publications, including, Fast Company magazine, Jamaque magazine, The Legal Times, Newsmax magazine, The New York Daily News, The Washington Business Journal, The Washington City Paper, The Washington Lawyer, The Washington Post, The Washington Post Sunday Magazine, and The Washington Times. In July 2008, Newsmax magazine named Bernard as one of three "Fast Trackers" on its list of the nation’s top opinion leaders.

Bernard has appeared on ABC News Now, ABC Radio, BBC Radio, CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, C-SPAN’s Q&A with Brian Lamb and Washington Journal, FOX News Channel’s America’s Newsroom, Hannity & Colmes, The O’Reilly Factor, Studio B with Shepard Smith, and Live Desk with Martha MacCallum, HBO’s The Bill Maher Show, MSNBC’s Decision ’08 with Chris Matthews and Keith Olbermann, Morning Joe and NBC’s TODAY and Nightly News Weekend Edition. She also has been a guest of PBS’s This is America with Dennis Wholey, XM Satellite Radio’s presidential election channel POTUS 08, various hosts with XM’s The Power, and several Middle Eastern radio and cable television programs.

Bernard’s opinion editorials and commentaries have appeared in the G8 Summit magazine, The, The Huffington Post, US News and World Report, The Washington Examiner, The Nashua Telegraph, The New York Post, The Philadelphia Daily News, The Washington Post and The Washington Times. Bernard has spoken before numerous organizations and as the former president and CEO of the Independent Women’s Forum (IWF), founded IWF’s Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative, which assisted in the development and implementation of training programs built on the pillars of democracy, women’s rights and religious freedom, political activism in a democracy, issues of governance, free markets and non-governmental organizations. 

Prior to founding the Bernard Center for Women, Politics & Public Policy and joining IWF, Bernard was a partner at the District of Columbia’s Patton Boggs LLP.

Bernard holds a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Howard University and a JD from The Georgetown University Law Center.

A recent publication: Jamaican immigrants reflect on America’s promise on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington

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Friday afternoon: Call to Action closing reception

headshot of Stephen BrackettWrap up this year's Summit with:

food and drink--including the traditional chocolate fountains (plural!),

networking with other attendees,

entertainment including DU's own Exit 205 a cappella group,

information on campus and community involvement, and

the Call to Action from Denver-based Flobots and Youth on Record's Stephen "Brer Rabbit" Brackett. (Photo at left; his bio on workshops page.)