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 have occurred at other YCD conferences. We will post the updated list of workshops for the New Mexico event as the workshops are identified and confirmed by the event’s Executive Committee.
Are you interested in creating a diversity club at your own school? Do you already have a diversity club and are looking for ways to recruit students and host events? This workshop will allow you to engage in an open dialogue, provide you with tools, tricks, and ideas to grow and nurture your own diversity club, and create space for future collaboration with educators and students from many schools.
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.
This workshop will help young people meet modern Native American youth, to learn about the diversity within the Native community and dispel stereotypes about Native Americans. We’ll have an open and frank discussion on how these stereotypes have been formed, but more importantly how we can end them.
In this session, participants will gain insight and information into the risk factors students face when it comes to suicide. We’ll debunk some myths and face some hard truths, even chat a bit about 13 Reasons Why.
The goal? To feel empowered to support ourselves and one another, working toward prevention of suicide in our community.
This workshop will allow students to experience the ancient Indian practice of yoga as they discover ways yoga can benefit them in their daily lives. We will explore techniques for relaxation and stress relief to find peace with ourselves. It is through acceptance of our authentic selves that we can become prepared as vehicles for positive change in our communities and the greater world.
Nadine Bridges and Hope Anderson of Rainbow Alley at The GLBT Community Center of Colorado, will share resources that are available to youth in Colorado. This session will be an informal discussion which will support LGBTQ youth. Allies are welcome to attend, to support, and learn with their LGBTQ peers. No questions will be turned down, all questions are encouraged. “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” ― Audre Lorde
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.
If you were to go homeless, how would you survive? What would you include in your backpack? What would you keep and what would you need to leave behind? Where would you eat and how can you make sure you get nutritional balance? How would you make friends?
We will teach participants what is involved in homelessness for a deeper understanding of this marginalized and misunderstood population.
Together, we will explore the ways that Instagram affects high school aged girls (14-19 years old) and their developing body image. During this workshop, two current students will provide insight on the effect Instagram has on them. Additionally, The Instagram Effect will provide tools and techniques to utilize social media in positive ways to resist harmful messages, foster healthy self-esteem, and encourage body positivity in young girls.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is ideal for women. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu was created specifically to allow the smaller person to overcome the bigger, stronger, more aggressive opponent through the proper use of timing, positioning, leverage, and technique. When women are attacked, they are often taken to the ground by a larger, more aggressive assailant and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, known for its devastatingly effective ground fighting techniques, directly addresses this situation. Because of this, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is often recognized as the single most effective self-defense system in the world, especially for women. Take advantage of this opportunity to introduce yourself to the art of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu!
Islamophobia is the discrimination and oppression of Muslims. This workshop will serve as an open forum for students and adults to ask questions freely as they learn some of the common myths and misconceptions surrounding the Islamic faith and Muslim people. This session will also help participants understand how xenophobia against any race, religion or ethnicity should not be tolerated.
All people in the United States enjoy the same constitutional protections, regardless of nationality, religion, immigration status, sexual identity, disability and gender.
The best way to protect your rights is to know your rights. In this workshop, the ACLU of Colorado will share information on how to handle a police interaction to keep students safe and help de-escalate a tense encounter while not giving away their rights.
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.
Join the Center for People with Disabilities (CPWD) for a panel discussion with individuals who have all types of disabilities.
How have they worked with issues of accessibility in school or on the job? What was a difficult social experience that they had in high school, and how did they work through it? What people in their lives have made positive differences for them? We will address how members in the audience can become allies to individuals with disabilities.
What is “locker room talk”? How can we create a positive culture in the locker room and athletics more broadly for everyone?
Topics will include the importance of language, casual homophobia, bullying, privacy, etc. Students will be provided a toolkit to become ambassadors for a healthy environment in this susceptible school space.
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.
Join leaders from the Interfaith Alliance of Colorado and learn about how people from all the world’s religions can work together to create a more just and unified world. This participatory workshop will include leaders from a variety of faiths, and together, we will do more than just talk about religions working together—we’ll get to do it.
How have the lessons from home, spoken or unspoken, shaped who you are? How has your family affected how you interact with people who are similar and different from you?
This interactive workshop will feature activities, panel discussions, and audience participation. Panelists/audience will share how lessons learned from home affect their everyday life choices and experiences. Basic tools required to become accepting of yourself and others will be provided.
We will teach young people that do not like to accept the answer “because that is the rule” to learn how to change rules that do not make sense or that are unfair. Often rules are set up by people that do not have to live within the rules.
Instead of this cycle, we work to teach people how to change the rules that are causing the problem. When we organize and get a bunch of people together we CAN change City Hall. Join us to learn how the disability community has been changing city halls all over the country for decades, and tools you can use to advance your cause.
Why is it so difficult to get people to see “eye to eye” on matters of race? Well, in this session, we get our diverse audience to share a common perspective — mainstream movies! Learn specifically how to identify the six primary character patterns occupied by minority characters in mainstream movies and how to use these patterns to leverage more substantive and meaningful dialogues about race at school, home or within the community. You will NEVER see movies the same way again!
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.
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.
Rushing to adulthood is something all teens want to do, it means freedom! It also means bills, insurance, career, relationships and all kinds of other stuff that no one tells you about.
Come find out about the basics of adulting. This interactive and crazy look at bills, insurance, housing, cars, jobs, promotions, money will have you laughing and crying, (and maybe wanting to live with mom and dad forever) but you will walk away armed with knowledge and hopefully a sense of humor about the stuff no one ever told you about being an adult.
Students will have the opportunity to consider and engage in conversation about extremist groups. Radicalization and violent extremism threats are growing across Colorado. Our hope is to help students have the tools to recognize groups who radicalize, how they can identify the threat, and learn about ways to support peers to open social concerns.
It’s no secret that refugees and immigrants have become a topic of the news. But who are they, how did they get here, and why are they here? This workshop will give you an overview about who refugees and immigrants are with personal testimonials from refugees themselves about their journey from their country to the US, and how you can welcome them in Colorado.
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.
Our democracy is broken, and young people are our future. If we want to achieve equity in our lifetime, we must know how to change the systems that operate in the world. In this workshop we’ll be exploring our identities, learning about power dynamics, and hatching a plan to build youth power to create real change.