Friday, November 1, 2013 | 9am-4pm

at the Auraria Higher Education Campus, downtown Denver

What is CO-LEADS?
This annual leadership summit brings together college students from across Colorado to join in discussions of social justice, activism, advocacy, and social change. Students participate in a day of interactive workshops, speaker and networking sessions that challenge, grow, inspire and empower them to make change in their own lives and their communities.

CO-LEADS was established in 2009 by a group of individuals on the Auraria and DU campuses as a way to build intercampus connections and to bridge discussions of leadership and social justice in a meaningful way. The 2013 Summit is co-sponsored by Colorado Mesa University, the Community College of Denver, the Iliff School of Theology, Metropolitan State University of Denver, the University of Colorado Denver, and the University of Denver.

2013 Theme

This year, we’ll be exploring the theme, Our Space, Our Place: Everyday Activism in Our Communities. Our keynote and breakout sessions will engage self-awareness, social systems, personal skills and collaborative action through this lens.

Keynote Presenters

Our opening and closing sessions will be lead by members of the Oakland, CA-based Brown Boi Project(, a community of masculine-of-center womyn, men, two-spirit people, transmen and allies committed to transforming our privilege of masculinity, gender and race into tools for achieving Racial and Gender Justice.

At CO-LEADS, they’ll engage all participants in reflection, discussion and action-planning around being active advocates and allies for and across our intersecting identities and interdependent communities.


We are seeking workshop proposals that address the social justice and diversity goals and learning outcomes of the Summit, in connection with this year’s CO-LEADS theme (above):

GOALS: By attending CO-LEADS 2013, students will

  • interact with social justice in their own way.
  • identify a personal connection between leadership and social justice.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: By attending CO-LEADS 2013, students will:

  • be able to name their identities and how they intersect
  • be able to articulate 3 ways that concepts from this conference impact their campus leadership roles
  • engage in consensual dialogue when confronted with divergent perspectives.

Submit proposals online by Friday, September 13, 2013. Submissions will be reviewed the week of September 16, with notifications sent out soon after.


CO-LEADS takes place on the Auraria Higher Education Campus in downtown Denver. The campus is served by multiple bus (nearest routes 1, 8, 15, 16, 20, 30L, 36L) and light rail lines (nearest station = Colfax at Auraria). Hourly/daily rate visitor parking is also available.

We will begin and end in the Tivoli Turnhalle, and hold workshop sessions in the classroom building next door. All facilities are ADA-accessible.


Most of the actual cost of CO-LEADS is underwritten by our sponsoring institutions as in investment in their students. However there is a nominal registration fee for each participant as follows, if registration is received by 10/14:

  • $10 – currently enrolled students/employees at sponsoring institutions (above)
  • $20 – participants from other schools.

An additional $5 late fee will be added to all registrations after 10/14. (Registering early helps us best plan for and prepare food, materials, etc.)

This fee includes breakfast, lunch and all conference materials and sessions. We strive to make CO-LEADS accessible to all interested by providing for a wide range of diets and abilities, and keeping the conference costs low. We encourage students to seek organizations or offices on your campus who will sponsor your registration fee as in investment in your leadership.

Interested in bringing a group of students from your institution? We encourage campus teams to attend, and can work with staff/faculty/advisors to coordinate sponsorship payment for groups. (A separate registration will need be completed for each attendee; but we’ll work directly with sponsor on single invoice, direct/purchasing card payments, etc). Contact Steve Willich, below.



Previous COLEADS participants are invited to take a greater role in shaping this year’s summit, by serving in one or more of three roles below. Selected volunteers will have their registration comp’d.

  • Privilege Bead Co-Facilitator: Did you love doing the Privilege Bead exercise? This year we are looking to pair students and staff members to guide the discussion and make this workshop even more student-focused. If selected, you must be able to attend a training on Friday, October 11th from 1-4pm on the Auraria campus. We will also ask facilitators to meet with their staff partners once during the last week in October to work through any final questions and concerns. TO APPLY: Please send a one page description of why you want to facilitate, what you got out of doing the workshop previously, and what you would add to the discussion to by September 30th. Be sure to include your name, and what year(s) you attended CO-LEADS.
  • Program Selection Committee: Did you love the workshops at previous CO-LEADS… but maybe some more than others? Did you feel like there was something we forgot to include? Be part of the team that chooses the workshops for the conference. Your feedback as a previous participant is invaluable in determining which workshops should return and which new ones we should add this year. You must be able to meet with the Committee on Monday, September 16th from 3-5pm at the Auraria campus. TO APPLY: Please send a ½ to one page description of why you want to be on the committee and what you would add to the discussion to by September 2nd. Be sure to include your name, and what year(s) you attended CO-LEADS.
  • Day-of Summit Staff: We’ll also need help on the day of the conference. If you’re willing to help with set-up/breakdown, registration or other logistics, please let Steve know at ASAP.


Join our Facebook event for the latest updates on workshops, registration and more.

Please contact Steve Willich ( with additional questions.