Media Advisory: CSU’s Diversity Conference Features NewsHour Senior Correspondent Ray Suarez Tonight and Sessions During the Week

Colorado State University’s 10th Annual Diversity Conference will feature Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for The NewsHour. Suarez will be the keynote speaker and will discuss the conference theme, “What the Recession Revealed,” at 7 p.m. tonight, Sept. 21, in the Main Ballroom of CSU’s Lory Student Center on campus.

Suarez joined The NewsHour in October 1999 as a Washington-based senior correspondent. He has more than 30 years of experience in the news business. Suarez came to The NewsHour from National Public Radio where he had been host of the nationwide, call-in news program, “Talk of the Nation,” since 1993. Prior to that, he spent seven years covering local, national and international stories for the NBC-owned station, WMAQ-TV in Chicago.

This year’s conference, “Diversity in the 21st Century: What the Recession Revealed,” is designed to offer the opportunity to engage in discussions about diversity to understand how biases may inhibit progress toward shared goals and develop strategies to reduce their impact.

During this year’s Diversity Conference, more than 40 sessions will be offered from Sept. 21-23. Some of the topics covered during the sessions will include the following.

Sept. 21
– Students of Color Experiencing and Surviving Racism in Classrooms on a Predominantly White Campus
– Environmental Justice During A Recession; Can We Still Afford Progress?
– Prospective Veteran Students: CSU’s Experience Since the Post 9-11 GI Bill
– Latinos in Agriculture-What the Recession Revealed

Sept. 22
– Challenging Heterosexism, Homophobia and Biphobia: Acknowledging Sexual Diversity in the College Classroom During a time of Economic Crisis
– How Diverse was the Great Recession? A closer look at unemployment rate differences across demographic lines
– Understanding Native American Tribes and their Students
– Media coverage of the Recession: How Effectively did Journalists Cover the So-called silent Depression and Its Effects on Minority Populations?

Sept. 23
– Building Community Partnerships to Facilitate Higher Education Access
– The Recession’s Effect on International Volunteering
– Teaching Diversity: Important Lessons for Hard Times
– Arizona’s SB1070: Faculty Perspectives

A full schedule can be found at

For more information, visit or the Face Book page for the conference at

Jennifer Dimas at (970) 491-1543 or