We fill the conference day with numerous opportunities for students and teachers to discuss, engage and explore the topics that are most important to them.
Read below for an outline of the day’s schedule of events. You can also download a printable version of the day’s schedule.
Arrival and Parking
7:30 – 8:30 am
We urge everyone to arrive as early as possible. If your group is not traveling to the event together, agree on a specific time to arrive as a group in advance.
Note attendees are required to enter the campus off Yosemite Street and Campus Drive; you can find directions to the event here. Once parked, follow the balloons to enter the West Building near the clock tower.
Rocky Mountain Diversity Fair
7:30 – 10:30 am
Each year we invite dozens of colleges, universities, post-graduate programs and the military to join us the morning of the conference. On their way to breakfast, attendees will walk past the tables with representatives who are available to speak with high school students about their commitment to diversity. Students and faculty advisors may take as much time at the Diversity Fair as interested.
Note the Diversity Fair is also open to the general public! Find more information here about this event, including a list of colleges and organizations attending.
7:30 – 9:00 am
We provide a light breakfast, including bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit and muffins, as well as water. Participants are then ushered as as a school group to the main auditorium to register.
Registration and Morning Entertainment
8:30 – 9:30 am
Faculty advisors register their schools as they enter the Fine Arts building; registration takes a matter of minutes. Each school receives a packet containing materials for the conference day, including nametags. An emcee and various student groups from around the state keep participants entertained as we get closer to starting the formal program. Past performers include the Chatfield Jump Rope Club, Northglenn Step Team and the Denver East Angels Drum Line.
9:30 – 10:20 am
Opening Ceremonies begin with welcome speeches by the conference student co-chairs and educational leaders. Each year our Executive Committee works hard to identify and invite a notable public speaker to address conference attendees.
In 2017 we were addressed by journalist Kyle Clark from 9News. His Emmy award-winning reporting ranges from in-depth investigations to offbeat features, with a strong focus on political coverage in Denver and around Colorado. Following a difficult and acrimonious election season in 2016, we invited Kyle to address the topic of political and intellectual diversity, which was extremely well-received by our attendees.
Discussion Groups and Lunch
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The first interactive session of the conference day involves informal group discussions of students from all over the state led by trained student facilitators. In these discussion groups, students have a chance to speak their mind about diversity issues they are facing in their schools and communities. It is also the best opportunity during the day for students to meet one-on-one with other conference participants. Volunteer student facilitators lead discussions on school climate, diversity, cliques, socioeconomic issues, and stereotypes. Lunch is served at this time as well. Due to security reasons an adult must sit in on every discussion; however, this adult will not participate.
While students are in their discussion groups, faculty advisors meet to have their own discussion on diversity, curriculum, and other school issues. Lunch is provided to them at this time as well.
12:10 – 1:20 pm
Both students and faculty advisors attend a workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.
1:30 – 2:40 pm
Both students and faculty advisors attend a second workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.
2:50 – 3:20 pm
All attendees meet back with their schools or organizations for a discussion on how to take what they’ve learned back to their local community, and make a positive difference.
3:30 – 4:00 pm
We finish the day by awarding the Human Rights Award, viewing a video montage, and hearing from an exceptional musical performer.
The 2017 recipient of the Human Rights Award was the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation. Over the last 28 years, CIHAD has impacted the lives of 990 Dreamers through mentoring, academic enrichment services, social emotional supports, global cultural exploration activities, experiential learning, community service projects, internship and corporate networking experiences, collegiate coaching and tuition assistance for higher education. Dreamers are selected and adopted in kindergarten and are provided these services up and through post-secondary pursuits.