7:30 – 9:00 am
We provide a light breakfast in the West Cafeteria and then usher participants to the main auditorium to register. We urge all schools to arrive as early as possible.
Registration and Morning Entertainment
8:30 – 9:30 am
Faculty advisors will register their schools as they enter the Fine Arts building; registration takes a matter of minutes. Each school receives a packet containing materials for the conference day, nametags, and diversity and educational items. An emcee and various student groups from around the state keep participants entertained as we get closer to starting the day’s events. Past performers include the Northglenn Step Team and the Denver East Angels Drum Line.
College Diversity Recruiting Fair
7:30 – 9:00 am / 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
For the third year in a row, we have invited several colleges and universities to send representatives to speak with high school students about their commitment to diversity. Interested students and faculty advisors are free to browse the tables after going through breakfast and registration.
9:30 – 10:20 am
Opening Ceremonies begin with welcome speeches by the conference co-chairs and educational leaders. Each year our Executive Committee works hard to identify and invite a notable public speaker to address conference attendees.
We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker, journalist Kyle Clark from 9News. His Emmy award-winning reporting ranges from in-depth investigations to offbeat features, with a strong focus on political coverage in Denver and around Colorado. Following a difficult and acrimonious election season in 2016, we have invited Kyle to address the topic of political and intellectual diversity at the 2017 Cherry Creek Diversity Conference.
Discussion Groups and Lunch
10:30 am – 12:00 pm
The first interactive session of the conference day involves informal group discussions of students from all over the state led by trained student facilitators. In these discussion groups, students have a chance to speak their mind about diversity issues they are facing in their schools and communities. It is also the best opportunity during the day for students to meet one-on-one with other conference participants. Volunteer student facilitators lead discussions on school climate, diversity, cliques, socio-economic issues, and stereotypes. Lunch is served at this time as well. Due to security reasons an adult must sit in on every discussion; however, this adult will not participate.
While students are in their discussion groups, faculty advisors meet to have their own discussion on diversity, education, and other school issues. Lunch is provided to them at this time as well.
12:10 – 1:20 pm
Both students and faculty advisors attend a workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.
1:30 – 2:40 pm
Both students and faculty advisors attend a second workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.
2:50 – 3:20 pm
All attendees meet back with their schools or organizations for a discussion on how to take what they’ve learned back to their local community, and make a positive difference.
3:30 – 4:00 pm
We finish the day by awarding the Human Rights Award, viewing a video montage, and hearing from an exceptional musical performer.
The 2016 recipient of the Human Rights Award was Road to Ignite Sudan, a non-profit organization founded by Colorado high school student Samah Mohamed. The organization raises funds to refurbish schools and provide better educational opportunities for the children of Kosti, Sudan; and collects donated school supplies to be distributed to underprivileged elementary school students in the Denver metro area.