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Recognize individuals and groups for their contributions to campus community through student organizations, student employment, service and overall leadership. Nomination Criteria and more information.   Nominations due March 20.  



Our goal is to use this theme to interrogate and extend assumptions about both“gender” and “leadership”: How can we challenge norms about what constitutes “effective leadership”? What kinds of leadership are less visible in our culture, and how might we amplify them? How do gender equity concerns and norms for gender identity and expression impact leaders of all genders?​​

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Bianca C. Williams is an Associate Professor of Anthropology at The Graduate Center, CUNY. She earned both her B.A. and Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology at Duke University, and graduated with a Graduate Certificate in African & African American Studies. As a feminist cultural anthropologist, Williams’ research interests include Black women & happiness; race, gender, and emotional labor in higher education; feminist pedagogies; and Black feminist organizing and leadership studies. In her book, The Pursuit of Happiness: Black Women, Diasporic Dreams, and the Politics of Emotional Transnationalism, Williams examines how African American women use international travel and the Internet as tools for pursuing happiness and leisure; creating intimate relationships and friendships; and critiquing American racism and sexism (Duke University Press). 

In 2014, after the non-indictment of Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, Williams co-organized a die-in at the American Anthropological Association, demanding that anthropologists take responsibility for their historical role in perpetuating anti-Black racism. She returned to Denver to help co-found Black Lives Matter 5280, the Denver chapter of the national queer and feminist network fighting for Black liberation, and was a co-lead of the chapter for a year. Williams has published in the journal Souls and Cultural Anthropology, and on the blogs Savage Minds and Anthropoliteia.​ 

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Faith Spotted Eagle is a 65 year old grandmother who lives on Ihanktonwan Dakota Territory (Yankton Sioux) in Southeastern South Dakota. In the western world, Faith earned a Master’s in Guidance and Counseling in her early twenties at the University of South Dakota, although she attended college at American University in Washington, DC and Black Hills State College, Spearfish, SD., also.  Throughout her long career she has been an educator, trainer, mediator, and community resource. She works in Native communities with her model Healing from Red Rage, which has been widely used in Native Communities in the US and Canada.  She is a trained mediator/peacemaker and incorporates traditional peacemaking with western approaches of peacemaking  Her priority is the preserve the good medicine of the Dakota Culture for the future.  

In the Dakota/Native world, she has been active in teaching the Dakota language in language nest settings; been a 20-year member of a revived traditional Brave Heart Society; comes from a Sundance family; and has helped revive the Isnati Awicadowanpi (Coming of Age Ceremony) for the last 18 years across the Seven Council Fires. She has been active in leading resistance against Tar Sands Development and the KXL Pipeline. As the Chair of the Ihanktonwan Treaty Committee and Brave Heart Society Grandmother , she helped bring forth the International Treaty to Protect the Sacred against the KXL Pipeline and the Tar Sands. She is the volunteer Manager of the Brave Heart Lodge on the Ihanktonwan Reservation, which seeks to preserve Dakota cultural beliefs for the future.  Her priority has been to battle for the preservation of Sacred Sites through Brave Heart Society support of the World Peace and Prayer Day, represented by Bundlekeeper, Arvol Looking Horse.  


3:30-4:45 pm Tivoli 444
This workshop will focus on intentional transitions to create leading organizations and teams. How do you ensure your legacy and hard work is sustained when you leave? How can you encourage and support others to take on responsibility for the future?

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The purpose of the LatinX Leadership Summit is to nurture the cultural pride and identity development in the Latinx community on the Auraria Campus. With these efforts we intend to build a stronger sense of community, belonging, leadership capacity, and a sense of activism that permeates our campus and local communities. This summit intentionally commemorates the work of Cesar Chavez and recognizes those in our LatinX Community whose contribution and impact are reflective of his Life, Legacy and Leadership.

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"Jennicet Gutiérrez is a transgender Latina organizer from México. She was born in Tuxpan, Jalisco. She is an organizer Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement. Jennicet believes in the importance of uplifting and centering the voices of trans women of color in all racial justice work. Jennicet will continue to organize in order to end the deportation, incarceration and criminalization of immigrants and all people of color. She currently resides in Los Angeles. "


Image result for in the country we love4/4 DIANE GUERRERO
11:00 am Tivoli Turnhalle
1 Book/1 Project/2 Transform (1B/1P/2T) is a recurring series that brings together MSU Denver students, staff, and faculty around a shared book. In the Country We Love is a moving, heartbreaking story of one woman's extraordinary resilience in the face of the nightmarish struggles of undocumented residents in this country. The author and actress visits campus for a lecture this day.


4/10 THE LAST BILL Image result for THE LAST BILL Linda Newell

3:30 -4:45 pm Tivoli 440
After eight years of public service, Linda Newell recently termed out of the Colorado State Senate and is now producing short documentaries and events to educate people of all ages about our government, from an inside view. In each, you’ll see how government really works, from the inside. In her last session, Senator Newell filmed this short behind-the-scenes documentary of a senator’s real-life story carrying a bill through the legislature. The event will also feature MSU Denver alums working in local and state government toward community change.



5:30 pm Tivoli Turnhalle
These annual awards recognize students and groups for their contributions to campus community through student organizations, student employment, athletics, and overall leadership.

Our programs are open to anyone, but often require a sign-up or RSVP to participate. Please email Gretta Mincer, Associate Director Office of Student Activities at or 303-615-0606

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Office of Student Activities

Tivoli Student Union, Suite 305
900 Auraria Parkway
Denver, CO 80204

Mailing Address:
PO Box 173362, Campus Box 39
Denver, CO 80217-3362

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