With a scarce but enthusiastic crowd, the fourth Annual
Diversity Summit kicked off with an introduction from CSU President
The Diversity Summit began Monday and will run through
In previous years, the summit lasted one day, but this year it
will run for four days with events running throughout each day.
“Last year we critically looked at the evaluations and people
wanted to be able to pick and choose what (events) fit into their
schedules. The different events are geared toward different
people,” said Arlene Nededog, dean of the College of Natural
Nededog also said that the summit is a venue that allows the
community, on and off campus, to see what work is being done at the
university to promote diversity.
During Penley’s welcome he made reference to a five-year
strategic university plan. This plan highlights how he wants the
university to look in the next five years. To accomplish these
goals, the university has created eight task forces, concerning
topics like learning, finances and diversity.
Over the summer, university officials incorporated diversity
into the strategic plan and the goals of the other task forces,
said Heather Hardy, the dean for the College of Liberal Arts.
“Diversity is not something that should be set off to the side,”
said Dana Hiatt, director of the Office of Equal Opportunity. “The
(diversity task force) is here to help create an environment for
diversity, and this includes increasing numbers of students and
This year’s summit is a part of building that environment,
Diversity is something that should be inclusive and not
exclusive, so the different events are open to everyone, Penley
There are events all week for the summit and a list of events
can be found at www.provost.colostate.edu/diversity_summit.