What: 2009 University of Colorado Diversity and Inclusion Summit

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday and Tuesday

Where: Various locations in the University Memorial Center, CU campus, Boulder

Cost: Free

Alphonse Keasley has high hopes for “Sometimes I Feel Like the Enemy,” one of several talks scheduled for the University of Colorado Diversity and Inclusion Summit, which runs Monday and Tuesday on campus.

The conversation’s aim is to engage people who don’t consider themselves diverse in the topic of diversity.

“We really want to start having people raise questions they might feel awkward about or afraid to ask so we can get a conversation going,” said Keasley, CU’s associate vice chancellor for campus climate and community engagement. “This is to mobilize the community not just to talk about diversity, but to live out the values of this country and what the university stands for in many, many ways.”

This year’s summit is called “Diversity: What’s In It For Me?” and is focused on engaging everyone on campus — whether they think of themselves as a minority or not — in talking about issues of inclusion, Keasley said. The events are free and open to CU students, faculty and the public.

Here’s a look at a few events. For a complete schedule, visit

9:30 a.m. Monday: “A World of Opportunity,” UMC Ballrooms. Scott Green, the engineering site director at Google Boulder, talks about how the company is run by a diverse group of people in offices around the globe, from Bangalore to Zurich.

1:30 p.m. Monday: “UCB Title IX: Progress and Process,” UMC West Ballroom. Four CU faculty and staff members talk about the university’s commitment to creating a safe campus in the wake of a lawsuit brought by two former female students who said they were assaulted by CU football recruits at a party in 2001.

4 p.m. Monday: “Adult Students at CU-Boulder: Benefits and Barriers,” UMC Room 386. Adult students and higher-education officials talk about the benefits and barriers of attending college as an adult, a growing trend in Colorado and around the country.

11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday: “Sometimes I Feel Like the Enemy,” UMC Rooms 415 and 417. Facilitators talk to students who don’t consider themselves diverse about understanding oppression and how to become an ally.

Noon Tuesday: “What the Heck Does this White Guy Have to Say About Diversity?,” UMC Room 235. John Tayer, the public affairs director at Boulder pharmaceutical company Roche Colorado, answers that question.

1 p.m. Tuesday: “Environmental Inequality,” UMC Room 382. CU sociology professor Liam Downey talks about his research showing that African Americans and single mothers with young children live in some of the most polluted neighborhoods in America.

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