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Multicultural Community Retreat

The retreat is hosted by the City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability Department, Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, Fort Collins Community Action Network (FCCAN), Poudre School District, Diversity Solutions Group, and community members.


2017 Retreat

2017 Retreat

The 2017 retreat is now open for registration!

WHEN/CUÁNDO: Sept 8 & 9, 8am - 5pm

WHERE/DÓNDE: Foothills Unitarian Church, 1815 Yorktown Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526

COST/COSTO: $75, some scholarships available/algunas becas disponibles

Register now online/Matricúlate ahora en línea

2017 Retreat Learning Objectives

By participating in the Multicultural Community Retreat, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore a broader understanding of diversity and inclusion in Fort Collins
  • Understand how bias and social identities can affect inclusion and access to resources
  • Explore how aspects of power and access can impact a community
  • Challenge yourself to grow through conversations with diverse community members
  • Understand how bias and social identities can affect inclusion and access to resources

The retreat is hosted by the City of Fort Collins Social Sustainability Department, Colorado State University, Front Range Community College, Poudre School District and Diversity Solutions Group.

Learn more about the speakers

Past Retreats

2016 Retreat

The 2016 retreat took place at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park September 24-25

2016 Retreat Learning Objectives

By participating in the Multicultural Community Retreat, participants had the opportunity to:

  • Engage in conversations around diversity and multiculturalism.
  • Explore a broader understanding of diversity and multiculturalism within Fort Collins.
  • Be exposed to concepts of bias and social identities.
  • Understand how bias and social identities can affect inclusion and access to resources.
  • Explore how aspects of power and access can impact a community.
  • Challenge themselves to grow through conversations with diverse community members.
2016 Retreat Image 1
2016 Retreat Image 1

2015

The 2015 retreat featured keynote speakers DeEtta Jones and Mark Benn, who encouraged participants to reflect on social justice issues and, through the practice of mindfulness, become better attuned to issues of intercultural dynamics.

mark bennDr. Mark Benn is a licensed psychologist, assistant adjunct professor at Colorado State University and consultant to numerous businesses in the areas of cross-cultural communication, mediation and work place cultures.  Mark has spent his entire career working to help people recognize their personal, specific role in understanding the nature of prejudice and helping ameliorate the oppression of historically oppressed people.

deeatta jonesDeEtta Jones is a leadership and strategy consultant and author with more than twenty years of experience working with people from around the world. She is the Principal of DeEtta Jones and Associates (DJA Consulting) and host of a weekly Internet radio show. She also oversees the Make a Dent Foundation with her partner, Pro Football Hall of Famer Richard Dent. Previously she was acting director of human rights advocacy and education for the City of Fort Collins, Colorado; coordinator for multicultural training at Colorado State University; and taught undergraduate and graduate courses on diversity and leadership at two Carnegie I research universities.

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