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.  You can find directions to the event here.

Breakfast

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.

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Registration and Morning Entertainment

8:30 – 9:30 am

Faculty advisors register their schools as they arrive; 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.

Colorado-based Polynesian dancers performed for the audience and then invited audience participation to kick off the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.

Opening Ceremonies

9:30 – 10:20 am

Opening Ceremonies begin with welcome speeches by the conference student co-chairs and educational leaders. Our Executive Committee is working hard to identify and invite a notable public speaker to address conference attendees.

Dolores Huerta addresses the students at the Opening Ceremonies of the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.

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.

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Workshop A

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.

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Workshop B

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.

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School Meetings

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.

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Closing Ceremonies

3:30 – 4:00 pm

We finish the day by giving an award to a notable individual or organization in the community, viewing a video montage, and hearing from an exceptional musical performer.

The Reminders perform at the Closing Ceremonies of the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.