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It's time for the 2021 Diversity Symposium!

We have over 2,200 registered attendees for this year's virtual event and are so excited to welcome attendees from CSU, including students, staff, faculty, and alumni, as well as participants from a variety of local businesses and organizations. Daily emails with session information will be sent next week, Monday through Friday, at 7am each morning.

To kick things off, Colorado State University President Joyce McConnell has recorded a special video to welcome you to the 2021 event.

Pre-recorded Content

In order to provide a variety of content for maximum accessibility, several Symposium sessions have been pre-recorded for asynchronous learning. The following videos are now available for you to engage with and share:

Diversity Symposium Highlights

This year's Symposium offers over 40 opportunities to learn and engage, including educational sessions, keynotes, panel talks, and more. To access the entire schedule, visit the Diversity Symposium website. Below are some highlights you can look forward to throughout the week:

Keynote by Yavilah McCoy: "Faith, Power and Privilege: Holding Intersectionality, Equity and Justice"

Monday, Oct. 25, 11:00am–12:00pm

Presented in partnership with the Presidential Task Force for Jewish Inclusion and the Prevention of Antisemitism


Get to know Dr. Kauline Cipriani, Vice President for Inclusive Excellence

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 11:00am–12:00pm


CSU Inspire

Wednesday, Oct. 27, 12:00–1:30pm

Melissa Burt | Why OUR Voices Matter in the Climate Crisis

Kari Dockendorff | Expanding Gendered Possibilities in Higher Education

Camille Dungy | Resist Writers Block, Start your Revolution

Rickey Frierson | P.E.A.R.L.s of Wisdom

Haley Gonzalez | Student Perspective on Education, Healing and Activism


Keynote by Dr. Mahzarin Banaji: "Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People"

Thursday, Oct. 28, 11:00am–1:00pm



Friday, Oct. 29, 9:00–10:30am

Engage in dialogue with MURALS ’21 winners as they present their scholarly work in the areas of STEMM, Social Sciences/Humanities, Creative Art as well as in Service Learning and Leadership reflecting who they are, their values and their academic success.


Hungry to Learn Film Panel Discussion

Friday, Oct. 29, 10:30am–12:00pm

In partnership with the ACT Film Festival, a panel discussion on the film Hungry to Learn will be held. The film will be available to all Symposium attendees for free beginning Monday, October 25. The panelists will discuss food insecurity at CSU and systemically across universities. They will speak to themes in the film, but will also address topics that are relevant and critical regardless of film viewing.

Watch the film trailer


Need to Register for Educational Sessions?

Do you still need to build your schedule or register for additional educational sessions? Don't fret! Registration will remain open through the duration of the Diversity Symposium. You can build your schedule and access Zoom links here.

To access the entire Diversity Symposium event information, including session descriptions, presenter names, and more, visit: