Eva Lacy, left, an academic advisor, introduces herself to Beverly Daniel Tatum following Daniel Tatum’s conversation with University of Colorado Chancellor Phil DiStefano to kick off a two-day, system-wide summit on diversity and inclusion last year.

More than 1,000 University of Colorado Boulder faculty, staff and students are expected to participate in conversations at the campus’ 29th annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit.

Fifty-five sessions spread over two days will engage attendees in a wide range of topics, including de-escalation strategies, inclusive hiring and environmental justice.

Speakers include Evelyn Schlatter of the Southern Poverty Law Center and Chris Bell, a University of Colorado Colorado Springs faculty member who specializes in media studies and the intersection of race, class and gender in children’s media.

In years past, the summit has provided a space for people to talk about current events in the context of diversity, said Associate Vice Chancellor Alphonse Keasley — like the shooting of unarmed black men by law enforcement officers and the election of President Donald Trump.

“The summit attempts to stay on the cutting edge,” Keasley said. “We want to bring the most current information that’s being discussed around the country to our campus.”

Keasley said he’s looking forward to an increased level of involvement from departments across campus.

“Going forward, we hope that there will be a difference on campus because of the way departments must be involved in doing things to bring about a greater progress around diversity and inclusion,” he said.

If You Go 

What: CU Boulder Diversity and Inclusion Summit

When: 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

Where: University Memorial Center, 1669 Euclid Avenue

Cost: Free for all CU Boulder students, faculty and staff and City of Boulder employees. The event is not open to the public.

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