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.

Recent Workshops

Below is the list of workshops that were featured at the April 2019 Northern Colorado Diversity Conference. We will post the updated list of workshops for the November 2019 event as the workshops are identified and confirmed by the event’s Executive Committee.

The Art of Conflict Resolution

Conflict is normal, natural, and part of engaging with others. Join this interactive session to learn tips and strategies for engaging in healthy conflict with friends, family, and other members of your community.

Hate Crimes? Youth Decide the Verdict

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.

A Holocaust Survivor Speaks

A Holocaust survivor speaks to a group of students.

A survivor of the Holocaust will share stories about living through a period of time where diversity and respect for others was at its lowest point in human history. Most importantly, participants will understand why we must never forget what happened in the Holocaust.

Including Students with Disabilities

We all can and should do better to include students with disabilities, both in the classroom and socially. But how?  This workshop will feature a panel of students and open dialogue to explore strategies for being more inclusive in every aspect of our lives. The session will be led by the Director of Academic Inclusion for UNC GOAL, a fully inclusive college opportunity for students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities at the University of Northern Colorado.

Is It a Scary Time for Men?

In October 2018, during the conformation process of a Supreme Court Justice, President Trump commented about the process and stated that it’s a “very scary time for young men in America.” During this workshop, we will interactively dissect this statement by exploring masculinity, privilege, statistics on sexual assault, and intersections of identities. Everyone is welcome to attend this workshop, but we put an emphasis on that we believe all men should attend this workshop. Our hope is by the end of our session you will be able to answer the question on if it is a scary time to be a man in America.

Navigating Healthy Relationships: It’s Complicated

A student smiles as the group around him navigates a human knot.

Teen dating is hard. Texting, social media, and navigating the school environment make romantic relationships really hard. What are healthy and unhealthy qualities in a relationship? How do I kindly and respectfully break up with someone? This workshop will discuss what to look for in a healthy relationship and how to communicate better with your partner.

Neighboring across Divides

Join this interactive discussion of the economic challenges facing our local community. We’ll review research Homeward Alliance and other organizations have gathered to show the effects of rising living costs, lack of access to living wages, and insufficient mental/physical support. Throughout the workshop, we will engage in open dialogue about where we see ourselves within this socioeconomic spectrum, and how we can act as neighbors to acknowledge, empower, and engage those who may be lost in that scale.

Perspectives on the Transition to College

Join a panel of current college students from a variety of backgrounds as they talk about their personal journey from high school to college. What challenges did they not anticipate? What did they wish they had known as a high school student? This is your opportunity to ask questions from those who have gone before you, so that you can have a smooth transition to college.

Queering It Up

Two students smile.

Join SPLASH Youth to queer up our community space. Starting with conversations about ‘being queer enough’, designing safespace activities for others, and moving through to community action that will bring out the queerest of us all. All identities and orientations are welcome.

Shifting Your Perception

This transformative workshop consists of brain teaser exercises, illusions, videos and activities to explore how we see and what choices we make because of those beliefs. During this interactive experience we uncover origins that shaped our perceptions of race, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, ability and appearance. We depict how the factors shaping our beliefs from our experiences and environment to the media influences choices with detrimental or beneficial results. In this heightening self-awareness session you will receive empowerment strategies to heal from harmful experiences and rid yourself of destructive conditioning in order to break unhealthy habits, attain self-love and build empathy and sincere relationships. Leave feeling stronger and uplifted with a newly evolved approach toward the treatment of self and others.

Social Media and You: Protecting Your Mental Wellness

Though social media boasts benefits of social connection, exchange of ideas, and creative self-expression, these seemingly innocuous forms of communication can have long-lasting, detrimental effects on individuals’ mental wellness. In this session participants will learn more about why this happens, as well as practical solutions to help reduce the negative effects of social media.

Sustaining Youth Activism

Our democracy is broken, and young people are leading the fight to transform it. If we want to achieve equity in our lifetime, youth must know how to change the systems that we operate in. In this workshop we’ll be learning what it takes to create long lasting change in unjust systems and organizations.

There is No Racism Problem in America

For the last 25 years Joe Chavez 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.

Understanding Refugees 101

Led by the Director of Advocacy for the Immigrant and Refugee Center of Northern Colorado, students in this workshop will learn about the process of refugee resettlement into the United States and investigate questions of social, political, and economic integration of refugees. Questions are encouraged!