Multicultural Conference Will Explore Diversity and Common Connections

Colorado State University will join area organizations for the premier Multicultural Conference, called "There is a Common Thread that Connects Us All."

The conference, which will run 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 28 at the Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St., will focus on how the community can work together to build unity, honor diversity and seek ways to respond to racial and cultural intolerance in the region.

Registration for the conference is $5, which includes a box lunch. For registration information, call Maria Gavier at (970) 224-6047.

During the morning, Jerry Smith, assistant director of Colorado State’s Black Student Services, will present the keynote address.

"The Multicultural Conference will provide the means to explore and build inclusive, respectful models of living for the community," Smith said. "Government and legislation can only do so much – it’s up to individuals to work toward common goals of appreciation for the wealth of diversity found throughout the region."

A video will show the responses of other communities to incidents of racial and cultural intolerance and will be followed by discussions that will consider how to handle similar incidents in the region.

Other events will include exhibits, dance, storytelling, poetry readings and music. In addition, awards will be presented to the winners of the Multicultural Commission’s Creative Arts competition for fifth- to ninth-grade students.

The Multicultural Commission is sponsored by Colorado State, the city of Fort Collins, Chamber of Commerce, Poudre School District, Poudre Valley Hospital, Larimer County and Front Range Community College.