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regional student social justice leadership summit


CO-LEADS name title, spealling out COlorado Leadership for Equity, Advocacy and Discovering Social Justice

Resist, Persist & Sustain: When to Light the Torch, and When to Pass it Along

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Summit Goals & Objectives

By actively participating in CO-LEADS, students will:

  • Explore their roles in long-term and sustained activism
  • Connect with students from their own and other area campuses, creating a larger network for collaboration and change making
  • Engage a wide range of opportunities available to make positive change in our society

Specifically, every participant will:

  1. Deepen their understanding of their own and others’ identities, and of the intersections of these experiences
  2. Consider at least one way in which social media positively and/or negatively impacts in/equity in our society
  3. Leave each session, and the day overall, with action commitments for positive change on their campus and in their community

Our keynote, common morning workshop and closing sessions will all work toward these goals. Our two rounds of breakout workshop sessions help participants connect with additional content and experts, to further their understanding and engagement.

Therefore we are looking for area students, staff/faculty and community members to share their expertise with our participants by proposing/presenting workshops. Presenters for selected workshops are welcome to join for the entire day.

If you're interested in presenting at CO-LEADS, please read the requirements, and submit your proposal via the link below by 10am Friday, 22 September 2017.

Workshop Considerations

In addition to explicitly engaging this year’s theme, and contributing to our goals above, we are asking EVERY WORKSHOP to:

  1. Be specific in what 2-3 learning outcomes participants will gain from attending it.
  2. Include time/attention for participants to determine/note one specific commitment they will make, to put what they have learned into action. Every participant should leave your workshop ready to share the action item your session informed.

Please also consider the following as you prepare your proposal:

  • Need for clear learning objectives and your topic's relevance to this year's theme.
  • Length. We will have two workshop sessions: one morning (11.15-12.30pm) and one afternoon (1.30-2.45pm), each 75 minutes long.
  • Presenters. To model collaboration and to increase impact, we encourage having at least two presenters for each session, especially pairs/teams from different disciplines or operational areas, a mix of students and faculty/staff, etc.
  • Interactivity. Wherever possible, we encourage presenters to actively engage participants in creating their own learning, versus being passive observers of media, speakers, etc. Beyond including question and answer time at the end, how can you involve the participants?
  • Universal design. We encourage all workshops to be proactive in including a diversity of learning styles, mobility and visual abilities, etc. Visit

Submit your proposal

You will be asked for the following items in your proposal; please have them handy, and submit via

  • Primary Contact’s name, email and phone number (We will communicate with this person about the proposal/workshop, and ask that person coordinate with all other presenters.)
  • Title of Workshop (brief, clear, and catchy!)
  • Brief Synopsis of workshop (150 words max, to be included in program)
  • 2-3 learning outcomes specific to this workshop (what specifically will participants gain)
  • Brief explanation of what will happen during the workshop; what will participants DO?
  • HOW will workshops help participants achieve intended learnings? (to aid planning committee in understanding HOW workshop will achieve stated outcomes)
  • What, if any, tangible takeaways (resources, handouts, videos, etc.) will you provide for participants?
  • Quick list of presenters, and brief relevant title/experience. (If selected, we will follow-up for full presenter info and bios.)
  • Are you able to join us for the morning, afternoon and/or both sessions (repeat your workshop)?
  • What materials will you need us to provide you with? (Markers, projector, notepad etc.)

DEADLINE for proposal submissions is 10am Friday, 22 September 2017.


Please contact Steven Willich at with additional questions.