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2019 Diversity Summit

with resolve. without fear. act together.

February 11-15, 2019

DU is students, faculty, staff, alumni, neighbors, opinions, histories, futures and perspectives.

This year's 18th annual Diversity Summit will harness the connective potential of our experiences, personal realities, and learnings, forging a path forward through concerted, meaningful, and combined efforts. The present climate compels us to take part, to be 'we' without fear, made real through collective energy and resolve.

This year, for the first time, the Diversity Summit will span a full week. By adding programming and spreading it out over five days, the new format invites greater participation and accommodates different schedules.

Presenters and workshops at the 2019 Diversity Summit will highlight the influence of bias, the reality of stereotype threat, the power of resiliency, and the importance of navigating and healing from campus racial incidents. Through skill-building workshops, informative panel discussions, impactful lectures and inspiring events, we will imagine the intersection of action and reflection.

Thanks for taking part in the 2019 Diversity Summit. We hope to see you again next year.

Keynote Speaker

Claude Steele
Dr. Claude Steele

Steele is a professor of psychology at Stanford University. He served as the 21st provost of Columbia University and has worked as a psychology professor at various universities for almost 40 years. Steele is known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to minority student academic performance. In 2010, he released his book, “Whistling Vivaldi and Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us,” summarizing years of research on stereotype threat and the underperformance of minority students in higher education.

Featured Guests

Nita Mosby Tyler
Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Mosby Tyler is founder of The Equity Project, LLC, an organization designed to support groups and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former senior vice president and chief inclusion officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado and the former executive director of the office for human resources for the City and County of Denver. Mosby Tyler is the first African American woman to hold both positions. She is nationally recognized for her work with non-profit, community, government and for-profit organizations.

Akil Bello
Akil Bello

Bello is a supplemental education and test-preparation expert with decades of experience. Beginning in 1990, he has worked in every level of test preparation, from proctor to CEO. Bello has helped launch two companies, developed dozens of preparation programs for more than ten different high-stakes tests, trained hundreds of instructors, and helped thousands of student achieve success.

Sheryl Roush
Sheryl Roush

Roush is CEO of Sparkle Presentations, Inc. She is an expert in attitude and communication, helping organizations create a more positive work environment by increasing engagement, boosting teamwork, productivity and pride.


Explore ways to engage others, boost cooperation, and rekindle the spirit in your departments. Learn mind-sets and skill-sets, including 10 essentials that people want to feel valued, respected and included.

Nancy Barcelo
Dr. Nancy "Rusty" Barceló

Barceló is the visiting special assistant to the chancellor for diversity at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She also serves on the advisory board for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. Prior to her position at the University of Illinois, Berceló served as the president of Northern New Mexico College.

Wes Moore
Wes Moore

Moore is CEO of the Robin Hood Foundation, one of the largest anti-poverty forces in the nation. He is a bestselling author, a combat veteran and a social entrepreneur. Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader.

Plan to Attend the 2019 Diversity Summit?

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The 2019 Diversity Summit Is Presented By:

  • Human Resources & Inclusive Community
  • Office of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Thank You To Our Event Partners:

  • Campus Safety
  • Conference & Event Services
  • Division of Marketing & Communications
  • Event Media Services
  • Facilities Management & Planning
  • Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management
  • Graduate School of Professional Psychology
  • Josef Korbel School of International Studies
  • Newman Center
  • Sodexo