Youth Celebrate Diversity celebrated the 24th annual Cherry Creek Diversity Conference on Saturday, February 4, 2017.
At its inception, eighteen schools gathered for what has now grown into the largest diversity conference in the state of Colorado. This year we were pleased to have 91 schools and organizations participating, with a total attendance over 1,100. This day-long conference is the only statewide conference dealing with issues of diversity entirely planned by and for students.
While most people associate the word ‘diversity’ with ethnicity or race, the conference deals a wide range of topics including cliques, religion, gender, sexual orientation, physical and mental challenges, multicultural art and music, socio-economic concerns, and teenage social problems.
The conference’s goals have remained the same over the past 20+ years, though the conference itself changes dynamically each year under the guidance of our Executive Committee, a group of some thirty students and adults who volunteer their time and make all decisions regarding the conference.
- to promote diversity and understanding within and among students attending Colorado’s public and private high schools;
- to focus on any issue that might impact a student’s ability to achieve academically or socially, both in and out of the school setting;
- to provide an opportunity for students from public and private, large and small, urban and rural schools to share ideas in a cooperative atmosphere;
- to establish a supportive network of students, faculty and administrators committed to carrying out these goals; and
- to empower participants to speak out or take action in their local schools and communities and increase tolerance and appreciation of diversity.