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Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence


Advance registration is required for all events. Please use the links at left.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Making Excellence Inclusive: Leading for Diversity and Equity in Challenging Times
This forum will feature chancellors and presidents from around the state of Colorado who will reflect on their recent experiences leading higher education institutions in challenging times as they seek to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion at their respective colleges and universities.

Rebecca Chopp, Ph.D., Chancellor, University of Denver
Tony Frank, Ph.D., President and Chancellor, Colorado State University
Jill Tiefenthaler, Ph.D., President, Colorado College
Betsy Oudenhoven, Ph.D., President, Community College of Aurora
Joe Garcia, J.D., President, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Is it Possible: Creating Principled, Inclusive, Just and Affirming Campus Environments in Higher Education?

In recent times, higher education institutions across the country have witnessed a significant increase in campus activism regarding their commitments to create principled, inclusive, just and affirming learning environments. The range of student demands that has emerged across these institutions has served as a serious wakeup call for campus leaders suggesting perhaps that in spite of our best intentions, we have not been successful in our efforts to respond to the needs of an increasingly diverse campus environment. In this session, four seasoned higher education administrators will discuss the question of whether or not creating inclusive campus environments that account for the needs of ALL its students is really possible; and if it is what it that we need to do to make it happen.

Gregory Anderson, Ph.D., Dean, College of Education, Professor of Higher Education, Temple University
Alma Clayton-Pederson, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer at Emeritus Consulting, LLC
Janina Montero, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor - Student Affairs (retired), UCLA
Michael Young, Ph.D., Vice President for Student Affairs, Sonoma State University

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM
Can College and University Campuses Provide "Sanctuary" from Immigration Enforcement?

Since the Nov. 8 election of Donald J. Trump, who has variously promised to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and deport all undocumented persons present in the US, groups at over 150 college and universities have issued appeals that their universities (including DU) provide some form of campus "sanctuary." Recognizing that almost every university has and benefits from "undocumented" students, that those students have come to embrace the university as their home, and that the university has a responsibility to provide a safe and effective learning environment for all its students, over 350 College and University Presidents have called for policies protecting and empowering undocumented students to be continued and expanded.
In recognition of this movement, and the importance of the present moment, a group of faculty at the University of Denver's Sturm College of Law and members of its Rocky Mountain Collective on Race, Place, and Law (RPL) put together a working group to begin producing resources that would be valuable to university administrators, faculty groups, and student organizations advocating that their campus become a sanctuary. This panel will discuss what a sanctuary policy could contain, and address policy and legal arguments pertaining to various sanctuary provisions. The panel will also describe the extent of, and limits to, crossover between the sanctuary campus movement and the "sanctuary city" movement. The session will encourage critical conversation and solicit feedback about the type of information that is needed to empower you in your role as administrator, faculty, or student in protecting the rights and dignity of some of your most vulnerable populations.

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Morton L. Margolin Distinguished Lecture: Stories, Challenges, and Goals: A conversation on the Business and Economic Outlook of Denver and the Nation After the Inauguration
Many policy questions remain unanswered in the wake of the Presidential election. Noted economist and commentator Dr. Julianne Malveaux and local experts will discuss the intersections of business, the economy, and policy in the Denver area while sketching out an agenda for the incoming administration and considering what the future holds for Colorado.

Local experts:
Joelle Martinez is a nationally respected non-profit executive, political strategist, and public affairs specialist. Since 2015, Joelle has served as the Executive Director of the Latino Leadership Institute at the University of Denver. Read more:

Candi DeBaca is Executive Director of Project VOYCE, which works to develop future leaders in underrepresented communities in Denver by training and employing youth to address real life school and community challenges. She is also a graduate of the University of Denver. Read more:

Dana Coffield is the Business Editor of the Denver Post and longtime reporter on the business and financial affairs of Colorado. Read more:

 ANvil of freedom & estlow breakfast with julianne Malveaux

Race, Gender, and Building Communities: What Happens Next?

Julianne Malveaux has been selected as the Margolin Lecturer, Estlow Lecturer, and recipient of the University of Denver's Anvil of Freedom award in recognition of the publication of her book, Are we better off? Race, Obama and public policy, published in February 2016. This book is a compilation of Malveaux's columns that offer a review of the highs and lows of the Obama presidency from an African American perspective.

Malveaux is a journalist, author, and economist and has been a regular commentator featured on CNN, PBS, NBC, BET, and FOX among others, and her columns have appeared in USA Today, Ms. Magazine, and more. Her writings provide insights on a range of topics, including the merits of minority-owned businesses and Black entrepreneurship, the payday loan debt system that traps many moderate and low income people in poverty, and the societal benefits of a livable minimum wage. For five years, Malveaux served as President of Bennett College, which along with Spelman College is one of only two all-women historically black colleges. During the election season Malveaux called for both Clinton and Trump to address the nation's poor and hungry in their debates.

Friday lunch keynote

DU Chancellor Rebecca Chopp will address attendees. We will soon post details on her keynote, and the discussion and teach-in to follow immediately after it.