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DEI Professional and Community Affiliations

"We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community... Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own." - Cesar Chavez

African-American Youth Leadership Conference

The aim of our planning committee is to structure the AAYLC to provide information covering basic critical skill sets which teach our students how to empower themselves. Empowerment encapsulates our strategic learning objective which covers Knowledge of Self-Management, Creative & Critical Thinking, Communications Skills, Interpersonal Skills, Conflict Resolution, and Small Group Dynamics. Our ultimate outcome is to provide each student with a solid base of knowledge to reference that empowers them to be prepared when they face social and economic challenges in life.

Colorado Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (CoADOHE)

CoADOHE is an affiliate of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE). NADOHE serves as the preeminent voice for diversity officers in higher education by supporting our collective efforts to lead our institutions toward the attainment of the following goals:

  • Produce and disseminate empirical evidence through research to inform diversity initiatives
  • Identify and circulate exemplary practices
  • Provide professional development for current and aspiring diversity officers
  • Inform and influence national and local policies
  • Create and foster networking opportunities

Colorado Coalition for the Educational Advancement of Latinos (CoCEAL)

CoCEAL is a coalition of post-secondary and professional educators devoted to the educational success of the state’s Latino/Hispanic population. The group grew out of a larger, statewide Hispanic Association of College and University group that began to meet in earnest in July of 2008. The intent of the group is to build a sustainable coalition of professional educators at the post-secondary level who will actively participate in the state-level and national post-secondary education agenda with a targeted and particular focus on success for the Latino/Hispanic residents of the state of Colorado.

Educating Children of Color (ECOC)

ECOC mission is to dismantle the cradle-to-prison pipeline for children of color and children in poverty through education. ECOC hosts a day long summit in January, Diversity University in July, and a ten week SAT test preparation program.

Food for Thought: Colorado Springs Diversity Forum

Food for Thought is a program of the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum that promotes conversation among people from a variety of backgrounds and experience shared over dinner. Topics which tend to generate a variety of opinions are discussed with the support of ground rules and a neutral facilitator.

Inside Out Youth Services

The mission of Inside/Out is to empower, educate and advocate for lesbian, bisexual, transgender, gay, intersex and questioning (LGBTIQ) youth from Southern Colorado, primarily El Paso and Teller counties.  Inside/Out does this by creating safe space, support systems and teaching life skills to all youth in our community and work to make our community safer and more accepting of gender and sexual orientation diversity.

Minority Business Office of Colorado

The Minority Business Office (MBO), located within the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, is dedicated to advancing the efforts of Colorado’s minority and women-owned businesses.

Latino Community Luncheon in Colorado Springs

The Colorado Springs Latino Community Luncheon brings together our diverse community to share information and ideas, promote cultural awareness and educate the community on the events and issues impacting Hispanics/Latinos in El Paso County.

National Consortium on College Men of Color

The National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC) supports postsecondary institutions in building the capacity necessary to advance outcomes for college men of color. This mission is carried out through development activities and convenings that builds a community of learners who can engage in collective sensemaking, organizational learning, and change. NCCMC member institutions are comprised of public and private community colleges and four year universities. The consortium efforts prioritize men who have been historically underserved in postsecondary education. As a result, intensive focus is given to African-American, Latino, Southeast Asian, Native American, and Pacific Islander men.

One Colorado

One Colorado is the state’s leading advocacy organization dedicated to advancing equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) Coloradans and their families.

Rocky Mountain Women's Film Institute

The primary mission of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Institute is to inspire community and elevate the voices of women through film. The RMWFI is committed to supporting women filmmakers, as well as promoting film as art and education.

We achieve this through four core activities: the annual Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival, Education and Community Engagement, our annual Filmmakers Retreat and two other annual events: Shorts Night in April and Wheel to Reel in August.

The Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival is the longest continuous-running women's film festival in North America. It showcases documentary, feature, short and animated films that are thought-provoking and enriching, and that encourage global awareness and personal growth. The Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival honors films and filmmakers that present the world as women experience it and that inspire curiosity, educate, entertain, and stimulate conversation.