The ability to thrive in high school is tied intimately into our connection with the wider community.  Below are workshops offered at the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference that relate to other factors in the community that affect the school environment.  Click on any workshop title or image to learn more about that session.  When done browsing, you can return to the Workshops landing page.

Youth Homelessness: Why are You not at Home?

Founded in 1988, Urban Peak is the only non-profit organization that provides full services for youth ages 15-24 experiencing homelessness or at imminent risk of becoming homeless. After an overview of homelessness in Colorado, a panel of young people currently experiencing homelessness will share their personal stories about the barriers, struggles, and victories they encounter on a daily basis.  They will also provide suggestions on what you can do to assist teens who may find themselves in similar situations.

A World of Difference

Participants will explore their personal biases and how they affect the world around them. We will use interactive lessons from the Anti-Defamation League’s World of Difference curriculum to promote discussion as well as positive interaction among students.

Subtle Forms of Exclusion

With the best of intentions, we are sometimes unaware of how our language and behavior can exclude people. What are the underlying messages we might be sending unintentionally? Through personal reflection and discussion, this interactive workshop will provide ideas and strategies for creating an environment in which everyone feels like they belong.

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.

Put Down the Backpack

Every one of us walks around with a weight put there by the lives we lead. You can’t see my backpack and I can’t see yours. That doesn’t mean it’s not heavy, and full of what makes me – ME! In this workshop, we will examine how life experience, labels and privilege weigh us down, and impact our lives.

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.

Our Minds, Their Messages: Understanding the Media’s Impact

Did you know the average American spends three years of their life watching television commercials? Then add in on-line ads, billboards, magazine ads and messages from family and friends…What impact does this have on us? This interactive workshop will engage participants in a number of activities to discover which people and which bodies are valued by the media.  Attendees will leave with tools they can use for educating others in their schools, families and communities.

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.

Honest and Compassionate Dialogue with Self and Others

We rely on our dynamic personal history to inform our perception of the world, others, and ourselves. Experiences such as suffering, joy, gender, culture, religion, and so much more distinguish how we learned to be versus how we would rather be in our day-to-day lives and through our interactions with others.  This workshop will provide strategies to help you become a more informed reader of physical signs in others and to become more aware of your own physical and psychological tendencies in order to interact authentically with others.

Embracing Failure as a Way to Grow

This interactive workshop will give insight into real failures and hardship while evaluating the participants’ relationship to failure. Attendees will learn how to embrace failure and use it to gain knowledge. We will discuss strategies on how to take away the negative connotations that surround failure and, instead,  show how failure can be as much of a friend as success can be.

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.

The Game of Life

This workshop is a simulation where students take on the roles of actual families living at or below the poverty line in the Denver Metro area. Participants will go through a month of what it is like to live on a fixed income and learn about issues related to affordable housing, access to education, generational poverty, and hunger. This game helps to grow empathy and understanding while challenging perspectives of what poverty looks like.

How To: Fight for Gender Equality

So you’re passionate about gender equality. Now what? What can you do to be part of the fight for equal rights, responsibilities, and opportunities for women and girls in your own community and around the world? It’s easy to feel helpless. Learn the strengths and limitations of social media in the fight for gender equality, and see how you can make a difference in your school, with your group of friends, even in your own home. See how you can help organizations, from your own community, all the way to the United Nations! Individuals, especially young people, carry a tremendous amount of power for equality. Learn how to use it!

Diversity in Medicine

Interested in a career in medicine? Ever wonder about the social and ethical challenges faced by healthcare providers? Want to learn more about the importance of diversity in the healthcare field? In this workshop, a panel of medical students and faculty members from the University of Colorado School of Medicine will present cases that bring up questions of ethics and society in the context of barriers to access. You will have a chance to work alongside current and future healthcare professionals to explore solutions that best serve patients.

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.