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“I’m not a racist! I have Black friends.”
This is the kind of conversation that Jennifer Kling, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at UCCS, holds up as a symbol of how people in the United States tend to talk about racially tricky situations — or rather, how we don’t talk about racially tricky situations. One of the problems, says Kling, is that we don’t have the right racial vocabulary.
On May 22 at the Ent Center for the Arts, the CU Faculty Council hosted The Queer Futures in Higher Education in the Rocky Mountain West Symposium in person for the first time since 2017. This one-day professional development, networking, and vision building symposium featured over ten presentations facilitated by students, faculty, and staff from the four CU campuses. The conference featured a wide range of workshops from “‘Unpacking the Alphabet’: Identities, Key terms, and Frameworks in Evolving LGBTQ+ Life,” “Eating Disorders in Transgender Youth,” and “Queering as a Verb.”
“In the development of UCCS’s first land acknowledgment, we were committed to centering and honoring the past, present, and future of Indigenous communities of the Colorado Springs region, while evoking a strong sense of awareness, self-reflection, and advocacy across campus,” said Hanna.
UCCS was awarded a Gold ranking as the university outperformed Military Friendly’s standards in six categories, including academic policies and compliance, admissions and orientation, culture and commitment, financial aid and assistance, graduation and career, and military student support and retention. UCCS has been recognized as a Military Friendly school each year since 2016.
The panel consists of Detective Katie McFerran, from Colorado Springs Police Department’s Human Trafficking unit; Sues Hess, Executive Director of Reclaiming Hope, an organization that works with law enforcement across the nation to provide comfort bags for survivors at the time of their recovery and matches trained, accountable mentors with survivors; Lisa Brandt from the Human Trafficking Task Force of Southern Colorado; Anna Kosloski, UCCS Criminal Justice Associate Professor; and Daniella Trujillo, Dean of Students Education Specialist.