We’re excited to create a new opportunity for high school students in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming.

YCD is excited to announce a new partnership with Colorado State University to enhance the Northern Colorado Diversity Conference (previously the CSU High School Diversity Conference), for students from rural and urban, large and small, public and private high schools throughout northern Colorado and southern Wyoming to come together, discuss the social issues impacting them and make their communities safe for everyone.  The event will be held at Colorado State University in Fort Collins on Saturday, April 20, 2019.

While most people associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity or race, the conference deals a wide range of topics including cliques, religion and interfaith dialogue, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and abilities, multicultural art and music, socioeconomic concerns, and teenage social problems.

Who Should Attend

The Northern Colorado Diversity Conference is open to all high school students and supportive teachers/adults from the region. In particular, this event is a great opportunity for groups such as:

  • Diversity or multicultural student clubs
  • Student councils
  • Peace/conflict resolution-focused organizations, including PeaceJam and Interact
  • Religious student organizations interested in exploring interfaith dialogue and positive social change
  • Clubs celebrating specific student ethnicities, including Black Student Alliance, Latinx or Hispanic student clubs, Native/Indigenous student clubs and others
  • Gender/sexuality-focused student groups, including gay-straight alliances
  • Female empowerment student clubs
  • Peer counselors
  • Deaf and blind students and their allies, including ASL signing clubs
  • Creative writing and performance student groups, including poetry, spoken word, hip-hop, dance and other clubs
  • Students from a local youth organization, even if they attend different schools
  • ANY group of teens interested in improving their school’s culture or making a positive change in their community

Note each group is required to be chaperoned by at least one adult or teacher, who we call their “faculty advisor.” This adult is responsible for registering the school to attend, resolving payment and chaperoning the group on the day of the event. As the conference date nears, we will collect names and workshop choices from individual attendees.

Empowerment Projects

As part of YCD’s commitment to empowering students to improve their local schools and communities, our program now asks all participating schools and youth organizations to brainstorm, conduct and report on a project after the conference.

We provide each school group with time at the end of the event to meet and discuss what they experienced throughout the day, but more importantly to brainstorm a project or activities inspired by the conference. These projects can take a variety of forms and should be determined by the students of each school.

Some examples and ideas include:

  • Bringing in a guest speaker and inviting others throughout the school to an upcoming club meeting
  • Conducting a community service project
  • Watching a film that highlights issues relevant to students, followed by a discussion
  • Passing new resolutions at a Student Council meeting
  • Meeting with school or local government officials to advocate for changes needing support from administration
  • Starting a diversity club
  • Hosting a diversity conference for the school’s entire student body
  • Creating a skit on a social issue and performing for local middle or elementary school students
  • Or any other project you can think of!

We will ask each school attending the 2019 Northern Colorado Diversity Conference to report back on their plan within 6 weeks after the conference. YCD can assist schools with finding appropriate guest speakers, connecting you to local organizations, or even providing microgrants for costs involved with the project. Once the project is completed, we also ask for your group to conduct some form of evaluation to measure the impact or outcome of the initiative.

If you have any questions or concerns about this empowerment project requirement for attending the conference, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Registration

If you’re interested in joining us on CSU’s campus on April 20, then head over to Register now!