Our view of diversity is all-inclusive.
While most people often associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity, the conference deals with a wide range of topics including cliques, physical and mental challenges, religion, sexual orientation, art and music, gender, socioeconomic concerns, mental health and teenage social problems.
Best of all, the workshops offered at our event each year are chosen by students on the Executive Committee, so that the topics are constantly reflecting the needs, interests and challenges of today’s youth.
Propose a Workshop
Do you have an idea for a good workshop at this event? We are currently accepting proposals and would love to hear from you! Past presenters have included high school students, non-profit organizations, teachers, parents, and interested members of the community. Propose your workshop idea here.
Below is the list of workshops that took place at the 2017 Mountain West Diversity Conference. We will post the updated list of workshops for the 2018 event as the workshops are identified and confirmed by the event’s Executive Committee.
In this workshop, we will have an open and honest discussion among educators (all adults who work with young people) as we work towards three main goals:
- Develop our equity and diversity vocabularies so that we can effectively work for justice
- Create and use time to reflect, learn, and grow in our own work to support all students
- Learn about and share resources that will help us to challenge inequities and value all students
This workshop will be informative, reflective, and solutions-oriented. Join your colleagues for an insightful session!
It is impossible to truly know what anyone else is going through – including people with disabilities. However, we can get a better perspective by exploring different challenges commonly found in high school. Participants will engage in several activities that explore what it is like to have autism, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, and others. This workshop is perfect for those wishing to learn more about how to support these students in their own school or those thinking of a career working with people who face physical/mental challenges.
In this workshop lawyers will lead an interactive session on Colorado’s Hate Crimes Statute. The lawyers will present a case involving criminal hate crimes. At the conclusion of the trial, small discussion groups of students will become “juries” to discuss the issues presented and, with the assistance of an adult facilitator, reach a verdict. The group will also discuss diversity in their community and the value of preventing the spread of racial slurs and hateful actions.
Self-care is a very active and powerful choice to engage or disengage in activities that are essential to maintain your optimal level of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
In this interactive self-care workshop you will experience relaxing yoga and meditation techniques and explore the benefits of the body, mind, and spirit connection. You will gain the ability to assess your habits in your current daily routine, create new habits and strengthen existing habits to maximize your happiness and your productivity, while minimizing anxiety and stress.
Bring your favorite yoga mat, a positive attitude and an open heart. Yoga mats are not required, but recommended.
For the last 23 years Joe has consistently received excellent ratings from those who attended this workshop. Here are some reactions: “Freaking awesome!” “What an eye-opening experience” “Turned my life around” You will hear a brutally honest presentation about racism, stereotypes, bullying, leadership, political correctness, family, education, beliefs and more. Recommended for those who truly celebrate diversity.