You’re invited to join us for the 25th annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference on Saturday, February 3, 2018! 

At its inception, eighteen schools gathered for what has now grown into the largest diversity conference in the state of Colorado. This year we were pleased to have 90 schools and organizations participating, with a total attendance over 1,100. This day-long conference is the only statewide conference dealing with issues of diversity entirely planned by and for students.

While most people associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity or race, the conference deals a wide range of topics including cliques, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental challenges, multicultural art and music, socio-economic concerns, and teenage social problems.  See our list of workshops to get an idea of the topics covered by this unique event.

Our Goals

The conference’s goals have remained the same over the past 20+ years, though the conference itself changes dynamically each year under the guidance of our Executive Committee, a group of some thirty students and adults who volunteer their time and make all decisions regarding the conference.

Our goals are to:

  • Promote diversity and understanding within and among students attending Colorado’s public and private high schools;
  • Focus on any issue that might impact a student’s ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting;
  • Provide an opportunity for students from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere;
  • Establish a supportive network of students, faculty and administrators committed to carrying out these goals; and
  • Empower participants to speak out or take action in their local schools and communities and increase tolerance and appreciation of diversity.

We invite you to learn more about this exciting and unique event using the links on the right.

Latest Updates

Visit here to see the latest posts from our YCD Blog about the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.

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Call for Workshop Proposals

Calling all workshop presenters! YCD is excited to begin accepting proposals for the Mountain West Diversity Conference, taking place on Saturday, October 14, 2017 in Gypsum, Colorado. Use our online form to share your idea for an insightful session on any topic related to human diversity. Proposals are due no later than Monday, August 21.

Colorado Teens Celebrate Diversity

More than 1,000 teenagers from 91 Colorado high schools and youth organizations gathered on Saturday, February 4, 2017 to celebrate diversity and strategize on how to create a safe and welcoming learning environment across the state’s high schools and communities. This year marks the 24th year that students and teachers are participating in the annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.