Diversity Newsletter
December 2020 Issue
Diversity Symposium session recordings are now available!

Visit https://diversity.colostate.edu/symposium to browse through each of the 42 videos, arranged by broad topic areas, including the keynotes, CSU Inspire presentations, educational sessions, and more!

We would like to recognize the 2020 Diversity Symposium Planning Committee and the VPD staff for their commitment and work toward this year's Symposium, especially in the midst of the pandemic and the added stress it has presented. While the 20th Annual Symposium was the first-ever offered in the virtual environment, this unexpected change gifted us with content that will live on and educate our community for many months (and years) to come. THANK YOU for your work, support, and dedication. We could not have done this without each one of you.

Mary Ontiveros is Retiring
Our passionate leader and guiding light, Mary Ontiveros, is retiring from CSU after 45 years. Mary will be marking her final day on Dec. 31, 2020.

Stay tuned for a special issue of the Diversity Newsletter celebrating Mary and her accomplishments in mid-December.
Please join the College of Liberal Arts for a special lecture event hosted
by the Willette Professorship of Theological Studies
and presented by guest, Dr. David Deane.
The modern world brings with it a series of binaries: public and private, faith and reason, church and state. This presentation will look at the past and future of Catholic theology
at Colorado State University and explore how its presence can call into question
binaries that haven't always served us well.
Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020
5:30-6:30 p.m. MT
Hosted virtually, Zoom link to follow
Spots are limited; please register by Friday, Dec. 4.

Dr. David Deane is an associate professor of theology at Atlantic School of Theology. A former fellow of the Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences, his books include Nietzsche and Theology, Still Unhealed: Treating the Pathology in the Clergy Sexual Abuse Crisis, and the forthcoming Resisting the Tyranny of the Banal. He previously served as Theologian in Residence at Colorado State University in 2006 and 2007.

Multicultural Undergraduate Research, Art and Leadership Symposium (MURALS) 2021

MURALS intentionally reaches out to students of color in various disciplines and exposes them to a variety of scholarly work including, but not limited to conducting research, presenting research, and performance opportunities. Mentoring, presenting, networking, and learning about multicultural leadership are the main aspects of the program. You can find more information about MURALS - here

  • MURALS2021 is scheduled to be virtual with a possibility of a hybrid option on March 25 & 26, 2021
  • Presentations and Posters will be held on March 26
  • We ask that you please NOMINATE A STUDENT by completing this very short nomination FORM
  • We will email the student and copy you letting them know they have been nominated by YOU
  • Email Bridgette Johnson with questions or concerns, Bridgette.johnson@colostate.edu

How We Change Things At CSU: Part II
As more people and units across campus seek concrete ways to advance equity and inclusion, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity is highlighting examples of how equity-minded leaders are implementing new approaches that produce meaningful change within our own institution, starting with what students can role model for professional staff. This session is a follow up to How We Change Things at CSU: Part I. If you missed it, you can watch the Fellows in action here. Please join us for the second of these offerings

Wednesday, December 2nd
9:30-11:00 am 
CNS Amplify 2nd-Year Leadership Fellows: How science students at CSU are redefining leadership in STEM and teaching us new ways to show up at work, Part II
2nd Year Leadership Fellows: Garrett Poitra, Judith Aviles, Destinee Danks, Chieck Diarrassouba, Vanesa Ramirez Cruz, Jonathan Ibarra. 
Amplify Coordinators: Lindsey Young, Alexandra Keller, Beth Wittmann 

We’ll continue the conversation with the College of Natural Sciences Amplify 2nd-Year Leadership Fellows and dig deeper into what has made their efforts successful, what they learned along the way, and how they’re still pushing for change.  

Instead of presenting about the program, second-year science students in the Amplify Leadership Fellows Pilot Program decided to let you in on how they do things. They will guide an experiential “landing” process and "liberatory writing" practice to bring unconscious thoughts to consciousness. 
During the session, they will talk about how their entire work culture shifted when students started to shape it, and how elucidating internal structures and systems prompted a full re-structuring of program operations - from a place rooted in shared values. Focusing on how to shift the culture of working together, they will share personal experiences around how they build trust and psychological safety to encourage authentic communication and relationships, as well as nurture dissent, flatten hierarchy, acknowledge power dynamics, and honor each other as whole people.  

For questions or to get a sense for how this program is doing things differently, please contact Cori Wong or Alexandra Keller, Director of CNS Amplify. 


Announcing another Mindful Mondays 6-week series from the Center for Mindfulness with Lauren Ziegler.

These sessions will be offered through Zoom Mondays at 12:00-12:45 pm

If you cannot make it, you can click here to sign up to get the replays delivered to you.

December 7th | The Joy Of Self-Compassion: We know that self-compassion helps lessen the hold of negative emotions, but it's important to remember the joy, pleasure and love that comes from being a more self-compassionate person.

Monthly Reminders
Introducing Feminist Frameworks Online Course

Introducing Feminist Frameworks is a two-course online badge program that provides a functional framework for advancing critical understandings of feminism, intersectionality, gender, and systems of oppression.
Courses are self-paced and contain 5-7 modules that typically consist of a reading, video lecture, and multiple choice quiz. Students may enroll in one of both courses and have 3 months per course to complete.

Full-time CSU employees may be eligible for a 50% discount on tuition, reducing the cost to $37.50 for an individual course, or $63.50 when registering for both.

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity is celebrating 10 years!

2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the Vice President for Diversity office’s existence here at Colorado State University! While there is always more work to do, we plan to celebrate this important milestone together with our campus community in early 2021.
Thank you for supporting the work of the VPD!
What We're Reading

We are reading a variety of books centering race and anti-racism, including: How to Be An AntiRacist, by Ibram X. Kendi; So You Want to Talk About Race, by Ijeoma Oluo; When They Call You A Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir, by Patrisse Khan-Cullors and Asha Bandele; and The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.

Many of the titles in our “What We’re Reading” section are available for check-out as e-books through the CSU Library. This issue’s titles are available via a dedicated anti-racism webpage.

You can also find a variety of books on diversity, ethnicity, culture, feminism, LGBTQ+, privilege, and more at the CSU Bookstore.