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 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, the Denver East Angels Drum Line and the Kalama Polynesian Dancers, pictured below.
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 2018 we were addressed by the legendary human and labor rights activist Dolores Huerta. Dolores worked alongside Cesar Chavez to co-found the National Farm Workers Association, which helped to grant farm workers in California and across the country basic rights to collectively organize and bargain for better wages and working conditions. Now at the age of 83, Ms. Huerta continues to work tirelessly to develop young leaders and advocates for the working poor, women and children through the Dolores Huerta Foundation.
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 brainstorming discussion on how to take what they’ve learned back to their local community, and make a positive difference. This action-piece of our program is critical, to help ensure that attendees follow through on taking the excitement, positivity and momentum of the day back to their local communities.
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 2018 recipient of the Human Rights Award was our keynote speaker, Dolores Huerta, for her ongoing efforts to build community and fight for the rights of all people. At Closing Ceremonies, we also were treated to an exceptional concert by Colorado Springs-based The Reminders!