The purpose of the Conference on Diverse Excellence (C.O.D.E.) is to create dialogue and build consciousness around systems of oppression, privilege, and solidarity through a social justice lens. We use “diverse” as a noun, adjective and verb to recognize diversity work as both a process and a goal to achieve excellence. C.O.D.E.’s theme for the 2019 conference, “Unite For Justice”, will focus on bringing peoples of diverse backgrounds together in order to educate, uplift and support one another. Our aim is to enrich our understanding of the community that we live in, and showcase how diversity is embedded on our campus, so that we may work effectively and prosper together as a whole while retaining our individual cultures and identities. We aspire to bring our full selves and imagine limitless futures unbounded by the systems of forced realities in addition to creating space to nurture respect, dialogue, and coalition building. With this theme, participants will actively engage in breakout sessions and panel discussions with the goal of unpacking privilege, building on support systems and confronting our unseen biases. This conference aims to foster creative and pioneering social justice pedagogies at the University of Utah, and we hope to have this reflected through workshops.
C.O.D.E. is a come and go event, pop in anytime between 9:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for some food, workshops, and an exciting keynote!
Call for Proposals
Submissions are due Tuesday, January 15 at 11:59 p.m.