Many people think of race and ethnicity when they hear the word “diversity” because these issues have been so challenging for American culture since the country’s founding.  Below are workshops offered at the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference that relate to race, ethnicity and nationality.  Click on any workshop title or image to learn more about that session.  When done browsing, you can return to the Workshops landing page.

What is the Big Deal About Indian Mascots?

Why is there still so much debate about using Indigenous people as sports mascots and logos? This workshop will examine a range of different American Indian mascots, symbols, and icons. We will discuss why the use of human beings to represent teams, communities, or brands is so controversial. After covering a brief history of the images used as mascots and logos there will be discussion about existing native mascots and logos. Commentary on native mascots and logos by American Indians and a discussion of recent legal cases will also be included.

Understanding Internal, External and Social Diversity

Diversity is more complicated than it seems.  In this workshop we will explore internal diversity (those things we can’t change, such as age, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation), external diversity (those things that may change over time such as income, spiritual beliefs and education) and social diversity (those things that may change due to the social groups we associate with at various times in our lives.) After participating in activities to recognize these various aspects of diversity, we will examine the impact they may  have on our diversity of thought and how we can use this knowledge to solve problems.

The Struggle at Standing Rock

Water is life. Few people can disagree that we need water resources to live. So why is there such an uproar in North Dakota about Native American land and water rights? What is the protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline really about and why are there so many opinions about what is taking place in this protest? We will explore this topic and the many differing sides of this issue, to include how the First Nations have come to see their place in the scheme of things as the Protectors of the Land.

Social Groups and Stereotypes

This colorful interactive session is designed to create awareness of how subtle beliefs and behaviors can affect social interactions in everyday life.  This workshop will evoke thought and reflection about social group membership and how stereotypes and attitudes can influence behavior.

The Psychology of Hate and What You Can Do

This interactive workshop will explore the complexity around the different kind of ISMS that are out there in society today (i.e. racism, sexism, homophobia.) We will also discuss strategies on what you can do to help reduce intolerance within your school and community.

The Many Hats of Diversity

Are we as open as we think? We claim there are those who are not open to the differences of people in our world. How do we react when we come face-to-face with them? In this interactive workshop, we encourage you to examine what you really believe and the Agreements that you may have made along the way. Come test what you think and then leave with actual tools you can use in your school community and life.

Join the Fight for Human Rights

This interactive workshop, presented by the Center on Human Rights Education, will raise social justice awareness of international human rights violations.  Participants will be able to identify common human rights abuses in their own communities and the world at large.  Possible solutions will be discussed to ensure that all humans are able to fight for their rights.

It’s Not Okay to Misrepresent My Culture

Is it wrong to wear a Pocahontas costume for Halloween or wear blackface to mimic a well-known black performer at a school talent show? Is it appropriate for celebrities to wear bindis as a fashion statment? This workshop, led by members of Building Bridges, will engage participants in a series of activities in order to help them understand the cultural perspectives of others while sharing their own ideas and experiences.

How to Interrupt Bias and Bullying

Have you ever heard someone say something prejudiced but weren’t sure how to respond? Or tried to intervene in bullying but aren’t sure you were effective? Or gotten angry at a family member who said biased things, but froze up when you tried to respond? This workshop will focus on identifying practical skills and strategies to help prepare you to interrupt name-calling and challenge biased and bullying behaviors.

Does Skin Color Really Matter?

This interactive workshop features activities, video clips, and frank and open discussion about the impact skin color has on society. Participants will have an opportunity to examine their views/biases with respect to exclusive and inclusive behavior in dealing with diversity and skin color. It will also provide the basic tools required to discuss this issue and more in a diverse and society.

A Day in the Life of an Undocumented Student

What is it like to be an undocumented student living today in a divided America? A panel of college students will share stories of their hopes, fears and dreams in an effort to help conference participants understand the dilemma many undocumented students face today. They will also provide suggestions and resources on what we can do to provide a safe space for undocumented immigrants so that they can feel protected and empowered to continue their education or chosen work paths.

I Saw it on Twitter: Bias, Social Media, and Fake News

How can two people in the same school have completely different perceptions of an event that was on the news the night before? Why do people create and share information that turns out to be rumor or misinformation? Why are these rumors are so hard to stop? How can we become responsible consumers and producers of news and information in the digital age?  We will explore the impact of bias, social media, and fake news using parts of Facing History’s “Facing Ferguson” resources by examining traditional/social media coverage of the shooting, the protests that followed and other contemporary sources. We will see how stereotyping, bias, and individual experience influence how people interpret information and will provide participants with tools to tell a reliable source from a questionable or fake source.

The American Dream: How do You Fit In?

In this workshop we will explore privilege, and the many levels of privilege that we may have, by playing, “The American Dream” game. After playing the game, students will have a discussion around privilege, how you use it to help yourself and how can you use it to help others.

Diversity of Perspectives

Diversity isn’t just about our upbringing, culture, and affluence — it’s also about our state of mind. Explore with Ryan Foo from the Black Actors Guild as you journey through improv games that are designed to push the very limits of your perspective and understanding. The workshop will help participants develop an understanding of perspective, relationship, and growth.

Lest We Forget . . .

We will use storytelling to take a journey through American history from the perspective of the African American woman. The journey begins with slavery and travels into present day America. Racism, hatred, and stereotyping are some of the many topics touched upon in this presentation. We will end with a group discussion on how society has changed–for better or worse–to present day, and the power of one.

Xpress Yourself! Hip Hop, Poetry, and Spoken Word

Step inside this workshop and learn how to express your thoughts and feelings through hip hop, poetry, and spoken word. Give voice to our stories of love, struggle, injustice, and celebration. With our words, we can represent our culture and traditions as we strengthen our minds and better our communities.