October 19, 2012 ~ 9am to 4pm
The Auraria Campus, Denver
CO-LEADS 2012 is now over. Please check back for details on the 2013 conference in the Spring of next year!
What is CO-LEADS?
The CO-LEADS conference was established in 2009 by a group of individuals on the Auraria and DU campuses as a way to bridge discussions of leadership and social justice in a meaningful way. The Summit invites college students from across Colorado to join in discussions of social justice, activism, advocacy, and social change. Throughout the day students participate in a number of workshops that challenge, grow, and inspire them to make change in their own lives and their communities. The Summit is co-sponsored by The Community College of Denver, Metropolitan State University of Denver, The University of Colorado Denver, The Illiff School of Theology, and The University of Denver.
The 2012 Theme
Your Voice: Listen to, Find and Use
Your voice is a powerful tool for social change and can be expressed in multiple ways. It is sometimes difficult to put your voice to action. This conference strives to challenge participants to reflect on their commitment to social justice to inform their own voices so they can learn how to use them effectively. How do we move from simply filling the space to meaningful, intentional and collective voices that can mobilize together to end oppression and make visible systems of privilege that continue to cover us in a blanket of silence? Our voices exist but sometimes we don’t know where to find them or how to use them. Your voice exists. Come Discover your Voice!
The 2012 CO-LEADS conference welcomes speaker Vernon Wall to the Auraria campus to share is thoughts on our theme and our ability to work for social change. “Dynamic!” “Current!” “Inspiring!” These are just a few words that have been used to describe Vernon A. Wall and his presentations. Vernon has accumulated 20+ years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Vernon has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country and have been described as being “a learning experience – with a touch of wildness.” Vernon has received several awards for his contributions to the quality of student life, is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. Vernon has also served as a trainer for the Martin Luther King Center for Non-Violent Social Change in Atlanta, Georgia.
The bulk of the actual cost of CO-LEADS is underwritten by our sponsoring institutions; however there is a nominal registration fee for each participant as follows:
- $10 – currently enrolled students/employee employees at sponsoring institutions: CCD, Cmty College of Aurora, DU, Iliff, UCD & Metro State
- $20 – participants from other schools
Please contact Steve Willich (firstname.lastname@example.org) for information on the 2012 conference