2022 Summit Schedule

April 12th - 14th

Thank you for attending The Summit 2022! Recordings of the events will eventually be found below.

Virtual and in-person programming for The Summit will take place over the course of three days from April 12th - 14th.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable individuals of all abilities to engage fully. Closed-captioning is available for all recorded events.  If you would like to request additional accommodations to access recorded events, please email inclusion@du.edu.

The Summit 2022 Opening Message from Chancellor Jeremy Haefner

Mary Reed Hall

View The Summit 2022 Session Recordings on YouTube

Celebrating its 21st anniversary, The Summit at the University of Denver harnesses the connective potential of our experiences, personal realities, and learnings, forging a path forward beyond diversity through concerted, meaningful, and combined efforts.

View The Summit 2022 YouTube Playlist Here

Day 1: Tuesday, April 12th

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Climate Justice Series 

IRISE has assembled a team of DU faculty from across campus to strategically plan events and opportunities for students, faculty and community organization leaders to engage in climate justice research and policy advocacy. .  We will welcome Dr. Nadia Kim of Loyola Marymount University and author of Refusing Death: Immigrant Women and the Fight for Envrionmental Justice in LA and Ean Thomas Tafoya of GreenLatinos.

Join IRISE as we kickoff the DU 2022 Diversity Summit with the Climate Justice Series.

For more information on the Climate Justice Series, click here

For more information on IRISE, click here

 

Day 2: Wednesday, April 13th

  • RECORDING AVAILABLE | The State of DEI at DU - A vision for the future
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    Join us for this opening session for DU's 21st annual Summit. A year ago, Dr. Christopher Whitt joined the DU community as our first Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Over the that year Dr. Whitt took time to listen to the many experiences and stories of DEI at DU and to reflect on our path forward. In this session, Dr. Whitt will speak to the state of DEI at DU and share his vision as build our foundation on Justice. Refreshments will be available for those who join us in-person.

    Location: Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290

     

    Speaker Biography: 

    • Christopher Whitt (He/Him): Dr. Christopher M. Whitt is DU’s Vice Chancellor for DEI and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Dr. Whitt was previously the Inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton University where he established the school’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. 

      At DU, Dr. Whitt has embarked on refining the structure of DEI across the institution to grow from an Office of DEI to its own division. Along with partners across the university, Dr. Whitt hopes to expand DU’s footprint nationally as an innovator in DEI and a destination of choice for a wide variety of intersecting backgrounds.   

      Dr. Whitt holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, where he also earned an M.A. His dissertation was titled “Unaffordable Outcomes: The Wealth Gap, Black Political Participation and Public Policy Outcomes in the Black Interest.” He earned a B.A. in political science at Salisbury University. 

  • RECORDING AVAILABLE| DEI in our Co-Curricular spaces: A conversation with DEI leaders across the university
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    The work of DEI at DU includes multiple divisions, offices, departments, and individuals. Join us as we discuss DEI in the co-curricular spaces, specifically, we will talk about the role of, challenges for, and opportunities of DEI as we support graduate and undergraduate students at DU.

    Location: Community Commons Room 1700

     

    Speaker Biographies: 

    • Kristin Deal, PhD (She/Her) is the Director for the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at DU and an adjunct professor of Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education. Her research and teaching interests include social justice in education, race and racism in educational policy/practice, critical whiteness theories, critical emotionality studies, and the possibilities of change when emotion and social identity are engaged in educational spaces. 

     

    • Thomas Walker, PhD (He/Him) has been engaged in the social justice education field for three decades, collaboratively leading co-curricular DEI work at Tulane, Arizona State and DU, as well as through community efforts such as the Phoenix Healing Racism forum, NCCJ-Anytown, the National Coalition-Building Institute, the Social Justice Training Institute, and Creating Change conference Racial Justice Institutes. At DU, Thomas is Director of Inclusion & Equity Education in the central Student Affairs & inclusive Excellence division, serves on numerous campus working groups and committees, and has formally taught higher education, International Living-Learning community, and first-year student success courses. https://studentaffairs.du.edu/iee/about-us

     

    • Andriette Jordan-Fields, PhD (She/Her is a Womanist Ethicist and serves as the Black Community Experience Coordinator at DU. She received her PhD from the Joint PhD program from the University of Denver and Iliff School of Theology. Prior to the Black Community Experience Coordinator position, she was the Interim Director at the University of Denver Cultural Centerhttps://www.du.edu/equity/black-community-initiatives

     

    • Stevie Lee (Diné) (She/Her) is originally from Shiprock, New Mexico, located in the Navajo Nation. Currently, Stevie serves as the Native American liaison and program manager in the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at DU. She works in the capacity of providing support for current Native American/Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students with the goal of academic success, retention, and graduation while helping to create a community founded upon social and cultural support. Stevie is a current Ph.D. candidate in the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver. Her research passions and professional interests both focus on the areas of enhancing our educational systems to increase access, equity, and persistence with Native communities within higher education. https://www.du.edu/equity/indigenous-initiatives 

     

    • Kristen Noble (She/Her): 
  • Just and Equitable Teaching; Bringing Critical Consciousness to the Classroom

    Educators must grapple with barriers, whether visible or invisible, that can prevent students from fully thriving in the classroom. No matter what subject matter is being taught, one can bring critical consciousness to their teaching and highlight social, cultural and economic inequalities that arise from differential distribution of power, resources, and privilege in their field. In this session, participants will explore how to develop just and equitable teaching practices in order to open up their classroom to full participation and engagement in learning.

     

    Speaker Biography: 

    • Becca Ciancanelli PhD, (She/Her) is the Director of Inclusive Teaching Practices for the Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL). She has a B.S. in Chemistry, a M.A. in Teaching Secondary Science and a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from CU Boulder. She has developed small lecture sections of general chemistry courses which were offered to low income, first generation and historically underrepresented students inside a multicultural academic community. Becca has also collaborated on research which focused on metacognitive reflective activities to improve study strategies for students in STEM courses. She helped to launch the Center for Teaching & Learning at CU Boulder as the inaugural Inclusive Pedagogy Lead. Her current programming for DU includes: the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching (FIIT), Inclusive Teaching Practice Modules in collaboration with the C+V Initiative, 1:1 consultations, and Equity workshops in collaboration with ODEI. Please visit the Inclusive Teaching Practices website for more information.
  • RECORDING AVAILABLE| DEI Academic Leadership: DEI leads discuss the ways they engage, challenge, and further the work of DEI across campus.
    View the recording, here!

     

    Over the last 5 years, multiple academic units at DU have created specific positions aimed and embedding and elevating the work of DEI within our disciplinary environments. This positions range from a director level to that of an associate dean, all working toward supporting the work of faculty, staff, and students within their unit. Join us for this panel discussion as we talk about the role of, challenges for, and opportunities of DEI leaders in our academic units. 

     

    Speaker Biographies: 

    • Tom Romero, PhD (He/Him) is an Associate Professor of Law and is Affiliated Faculty with the Department of History at DU. Dr. Romero has served as the interim Vice Chancellor of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and the Associate Provost of DEI Research and Curricular Initiatives for the university. He also directs all activities associated with DU’s Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). Dr. Romero teaches and researches in the areas of the legal history of the American West, with a particular emphasis on the relationship between race and water law, school desegregation, property, land use, and urban development and local government.

     

    • Michele Hanna, PhD (She/Her) is an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Social Work and is also the Associate Dean for DEI. Dr. Hanna teaches courses in the MSW curriculum including Critical Race Theory Praxis & Social Work, Cultural & Linguistic Competency in Integrated Behavioral Health, Disproportionality & Disparities Across Systems, Power, Privilege & Oppression; and the Qualitative Research Sequence in the doctoral program. Dr. Hanna's research focuses on child welfare, foster care and adoption, and issues related to racial disproportionality and disparities.

     

    • Lisa Martinez, PhD (She/Her) is Professor of Sociology and Director of DEI in the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences at the University of Denver. She received her PhD from the University of Arizona in 2004. Her areas of expertise are racial/ethnic politics, Latina/o sociology, immigration, and inequality. Professor Martinez is also a faculty affiliate of the DU Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES), IRISE, and CRES, the new Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor.

     

    • Scott Leutenegger, PhD (He/Him) is a professor of computer science and Ritchie School JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion) Director. He earned a PhD in Computer Science from UW-Madison in 1990 and a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Denver in 2015. His current research interest is focused on JEDI in computer science and engineering education, text mining, and computational art.

     

    • Lexi Freeman, JD (She/Her): At Denver Law, Alexi Freeman oversees a range of efforts dedicated to diversity, equity and inclusion as associate dean of DEI, leads our nationally recognized externship program, and teaches social change lawyering courses as professor of the practice. Prior to joining Denver Law, Freeman worked as an attorney at Advancement Project, a national civil rights group, where she assisted grassroots organizations across the country on social justice advocacy campaigns around education and juvenile justice policy, housing, and voting rights issues. Freeman received a JD from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in Journalism and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • RECORDING AVAILABLE | Alumni in Activism
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    Alumni Panelists Joie Ha, Mahalia Yakeleya Newmark and Dr. Lisa Calderon will share their experiences as prominent activists in the Asian, Indigenous, and Latinx communities respectively.  In this webinar they will share their professional journeys, how their time at DU prepared them for their advocacy work, and how they turned their passion for advocacy into a successful career.  They will also reflect on the challenges they face in their work today and provide advice for those interested in making an impact through advocacy and activist work.

     

    Speaker Biographies: 

    • Joie Ha (She/Her): As the daughter of refugees, Joie Ha has always endeavored to do more good for more people. She has been an activist and organizer for minority communities in Colorado for over 10 years, and is the Founder of CORE: Community Organizing for Radical Empathy, a DEI consultancy with a focus on grassroots methods. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and a M.A. in Development Practice with a focus on holistic methods of treating mental health for refugees. She has completed development work in Malaysia as a Community Development Officer in Kampung Sungai Suloh, and Cambodia as a researcher regarding how hip-hop can create fictive kin for youth enticed by the familial aspects of gangs. Joie often engages in community projects with focus on anti-racist work, civic engagement, and the intersection of art and activism. She currently sits as Chair for the Denver Asian American Pacific Islander Commission, and Vice Chair for Colorado Asian Pacific United.

     

    • Mahalia Yakeleya Newmark (She/Her): Mahalia Yakeleya Newmark, Shúhtagot’ı̨nę and Métis, is the first ever Indigenous Legislative Assembly Advisor at the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories based in Yellowknife, Canada. She received her BA from DU in 2008 and her MPA from Arizona State University in 2016. Yakeleya Newmark co-founded the Indigenous Alumni Affinity at DU and is a current member. She is passionate about education, community and social justice with prior work and board experience at the American Indian College Fund and the Denver Indian Family Resource Centre. Yakeleya Newmark is a proud Ama (mom) to two young children.

     

    • Lisa Calderón (She/Her): Prior to coming on as the Executive Director of Emerge Colorado, Dr. Lisa Calderón was the Chief of Staff for Denver City Councilwoman Candi CdeBaca, the youngest and first LGBTQ woman of color elected to council. As a former university professor she has taught in academia for over 15 years in the areas of Women’s Studies, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Criminal Justice. Her 30 years of public service also include being a justice reform advocate, nonprofit executive, and social justice organizer.  In 2019, she was the first woman of color to make the ballot for mayor of Denver on the principles of equity, fairness, and justice. Although she was outspent 20:1 by the incumbent, she made an impressive showing for a first-time grassroots candidate garnering 33,000 votes. Her historic race was chronicled in the newly-released documentary “Running With My Girls.”

      As Chief of Staff serving Council District 9 which has the highest concentration of both wealth and poverty in the city, Dr. Calderón works to advance policy priorities for resolving the affordable housing crisis, stemming the tide of gentrification and displacement through a civil rights framework, reducing mass incarceration and increasing gender equity.  Born and raised in Denver, Dr. Calderón holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, law degree, and a doctorate in education. She has obtained several awards for inspirational leadership for her work serving the community.

     

    • Ryan Rose (He/Him) is an alumnus of the University of Denver with a master’s in Strategic Communications and Media Studies from the College of Arts and Sciences. Ryan is currently working on his second master’s in Curriculum and Instruction at Morgridge College of Education while student-teaching 8th grade English Language Arts at Slavens K-8 School in Denver, CO. Ryan also serves on the board of the Pride Alumni of Action committee and works as a graduate fellow for the Office of the Provost’s Community + Values Initiative at DU. Ryan has dedicated his academic and professional career to empowering diverse communities and creating inclusive spaces for every identity. Ryan Rose, LGBTQIA advocate and member of DU Pride Alumni Affinity, will be the moderator for the panel.  

     

    Sponsored by the Alumni of Action and the Alumni Council DEI Committee.

     

Day 3: Thursday, April 14th

  • RECORDING AVAILABLE | The Future of DEI
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    Over the last twenty years, the work of DEI in higher education has changed and grown substantially. What might the next decade hold for DEI ways of bring and knowing? Join this distinguished panel as we consider the future of DEI in Higher Education.

     

    Speaker Biography: 

    • Christopher Whitt (He/Him): Dr. Christopher M. Whitt is DU’s Vice Chancellor for DEI and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Dr. Whitt was previously the Inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton University where he established the school’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. 

      At DU, Dr. Whitt has embarked on refining the structure of DEI across the institution to grow from an Office of DEI to its own division. Along with partners across the university, Dr. Whitt hopes to expand DU’s footprint nationally as an innovator in DEI and a destination of choice for a wide variety of intersecting backgrounds.   

      Dr. Whitt holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, where he also earned an M.A. His dissertation was titled “Unaffordable Outcomes: The Wealth Gap, Black Political Participation and Public Policy Outcomes in the Black Interest.” He earned a B.A. in political science at Salisbury University. 

     

    • Paulette Granberry Russell, JD (She/Her) is the President for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). In August 2020, Paulette retired from Michigan State University where she had served as Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Emerita. As MSU’s senior diversity officer, Granberry Russell was responsible for leading and facilitating MSU’s efforts to advance a more equitable and inclusive campus community that included cutting-edge education and development programs, leading campus climate surveys (quantitative and qualitative), monitoring university efforts to increase diversity among students, faculty and staff, coordinating community outreach efforts, and incentivizing innovative DEI strategies through the office’s Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants. Her research interests include gender equity in STEM, campus culture and its impact on marginalized communities, and strategies for dismantling structural racism to create more equitable experiences for faculty, students and staff of color.

     

    • Cecil Howard, JD (He/Him) is an equity-minded consultant (recently retired Chief Diversity Officer) handling high impact diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) matters, including Interim CDO roles, program evaluation, capacity building, and leadership coaching and training for organizations possessing Deliberate, Intentional, Transformational, Cultural-shifting mindsets to effectively impact positive outcomes.

     

    • Tonya Bailey, PhD (She/Her) is the Chief Diversity Officer at Lansing Community College. She is an accomplished executive leader with over 25+ years of experience in higher education overseeing diversity, equity and inclusion strategies, student affairs administration and academic instruction along with programming oversite. Her career and educational skills include organizational and employee development, recruitment and hiring diverse talent, strategic planning, inclusive pedagogy training, implementing equity action plans and she is an expert in revamping and turning around underperforming programs and supporting marginalized and minoritized populations.

  • Community + Values Special Event: Creative Expression & Wellbeing - Connecting & Creating in Community

    Wellbeing is all-encompassing—it can focus on mental, physical, spiritual, and financial wellness. The 4D experience at DU promotes wellbeing and encourages students to discover who they are, what they want, and how to get there through a more integrated process in meaningful connection to others. One can strengthen and support their wellbeing in a multitude of ways, and one of these ways is ‘creative expression.’ Creative expression can help communicate emotions, manage mental health, work through stress, increase energy, and so much more. It moves from the idea of ‘fixing’ yourself and more about ‘being’ your most authentic self.

    In this upcoming workshop, Community + Values is excited to bring together a group of phenomenal DU and Denver community members who will delve into creative expression through an experiential workshop. Students will get the opportunity to discover ways to support and strengthen wellbeing through creative expression through a guided reading, music, spoken word, and art creation. Join us in exploring creative expression and learn how to honor your story and shape your wellbeing.

    Learn more about this event, at the Community + Values webpage

     

  • RECORDING AVAILABLE | Power and Politics in Higher Education
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    This panel will center the ways in which the disciplinary roots of the panelist, in political science, helps in their ability to identify as well as navigate the power and politics involved in higher education DEI.

     

    Speaker Biographies: 

    • Christopher Whitt (He/Him): Dr. Christopher M. Whitt is DU’s Vice Chancellor for DEI and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). Dr. Whitt was previously the Inaugural Vice Provost for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion at Creighton University where he established the school’s Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion. 

      At DU, Dr. Whitt has embarked on refining the structure of DEI across the institution to grow from an Office of DEI to its own division. Along with partners across the university, Dr. Whitt hopes to expand DU’s footprint nationally as an innovator in DEI and a destination of choice for a wide variety of intersecting backgrounds.   

      Dr. Whitt holds a Ph.D. in government and politics from the University of Maryland, where he also earned an M.A. His dissertation was titled “Unaffordable Outcomes: The Wealth Gap, Black Political Participation and Public Policy Outcomes in the Black Interest.” He earned a B.A. in political science at Salisbury University. 

     

    • Wendy Smooth, PhD (She/Her) is Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer for the College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University. She holds a faculty appointment as an Associate Professor of Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies and holds courtesy appointments in Political Science and the John Glenn School of Public Affairs. A noted scholar of intersectionality and American politics, she is one of the foremost voices writing on the experiences of women of color as law makers in political institutions and women of color issues in public policy. Her current research focuses on girls of color and their interests in political leadership and the exponential growth in women of color led organizations linking communities of color to the democratic process. 

     

    • Jonathan Benjamin-Alvarado, PhD (He/Him)joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska Omaha (UNO) in 2000 from a previous teaching and research position at the University of Georgia, where he also received his Ph.D. Besides his teaching duties, Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado is the Director of the Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence Program at UNO. Dr. Benjamin-Alvarado’s research has been published in the Journal of Political Science Education, the Nonproliferation Review, Political Science Quarterly, and Urban Affairs Review. He is the author of Power to the People:  Energy and the Cuban Nuclear Program published by Routledge Press and the editor of Cuba’s Energy Future: Strategic Approaches to Cooperation published by the Brookings Institution Press.

     

    • Atiya Stokes-Brown, PhD (She/Her) is Vice President for diversity, equity and inclusion at Coastal Carolina University. The chief diversity, equity and inclusion officer guides efforts to conceptualize, define, assess, nurture and cultivate diversity and inclusion as an institutional resource. By collaborating across campus and with surrounding communities, Stokes-Brown oversees the implementation of strategies that advance accessibility, inclusion and diversity as key parts of the institution’s strategic plan. She also provides administrative supervision for Intercultural and Inclusion Student Services and Accessibility and Disability Services. Prior to serving as assistant vice president for diversity and inclusion, she served as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Political Science at Bucknell University and held several administrative positions at the university including interim associate provost for diversity, faculty fellow in the Office of the Associate Provost for Diversity, and assistant dean of the College of Arts & Sciences. Stokes-Brown scholarly publications broadly center on the political incorporation of women and racial/ethnic groups into the American political system, and issues of representation. She is the author of The Politics of Race in Latino Communities: Walking the Color Line (Routledge, 2012, 2014) and her work has appeared in several peer-reviewed journals including the Journal of Politics, American Politics Research, Politics and Policy, the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties, Social Science Quarterly, National Political Science Review, and Political Research Quarterly.

  • SESSION 9: 2:30pm - 4:00pm | Affinity Group Networking and Action steps (Closing Session)
    In-person registration

     

    Join us for the closing session of the 21st annual Summit. This will be a time to connect and network with Faculty, Staff, and Student Affinity groups and take time to collectively consider action steps coming out of our time together. Refreshments will be provided as we mark the close of the Summit.

    Location: Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290

     

SIE

Post Summit Event

A Conversation Between Former Denver Mayor Peña and Chancellor Haefner

In-person and virtual registration

 

Friday, April 29 | noon to 1 p.m.
SIE Complex, Maglione Hall with virtual attendance option