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Equity Peer Leaders

Imagine a world where everyone can thrive

The Equity Peer Leaders (EPL) group was created in 2019 to address equity and social justice related issues on our campus. Equity-minded students lead workshops, trainings and discussions to name these issues and to craft ways to dismantle them at MSU Denver. Join EPLs in imagining and practicing a future where everyone can thrive, honor, and center the truths of marginalized voices.

The Equity Training Series (ETS) is a series of workshops, training, and events designed to promote conversation among students at MSU Denver surrounding social justice and racial equity. The Equity Training Series’ speakers, presenters, and facilitators aim to create a common language and vocabulary among MSU Denver students related to equity-minded student leadership. In keeping with the MSU Denver Student Affairs Division's commitment to antiracism, ETS aims to serve as a safe space and launching pad for dialogue and discourse among students from marginalized identities, their allies, and others to engage in this meaningful and impactful work.

Join us for an upcoming event:



I Won't Be Silent: Tools To Become an Anti-Racist

Thursday, January 21st, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (MST)

Presenter: Dr. Travis C. Smith

The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) and the Equity Peer Leaders (EPLs) proudly present Dr. Travis C. Smith in a workshop on implementing strategies to becoming an antiracist. In the seminar, Dr. Smith will explore the genetic makeup of systemic racism and identify tools to combat and dismantle it in our everyday lives.

This event was held on January 21st, 2021, as a part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Reflection. The workshop was co-sponsored by MSU Denver CMEI and EPLs.

The recording is available here.



What Does the Civil Rights Movement Look Like in 2021?

Friday, January 22nd, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Jordan Matthews

Please join Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as he reflects on Dr. King’s approach to activism during the Civil Rights Movement and the correlation to the current state of social justice in America.

This event was held on January 22nd, 2021, as a part of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week of Reflection. The keynote was co-sponsored by Center for Identity & Inclusion at CU Denver, Center for Inclusion and Social Change at CU Boulder, CMEI at MSU Denver, and the LGBTQ Student Resource Center.

The recording is available here under "Previous Livestream Events": https://www.msudenver.edu/livestream/



EPL Reading Group: How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Friday, February 12th, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 6:15 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Jordan Matthews

 The EPL Reading Group meets once a month to discuss portions of the text How to Be an Anti-Racist by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi. In their own time, participants will read 75-80 pages (15-20/wk) and do the exercises included in the book, then we will discuss them as a community. The goal is to learn together, grow together, and share in community and antiracist education.

Registration for the EPL Reading Group is now closed. Please continue to check this website for updates on the Fall 2021 EPL Reading Group.



Auraria Campus Barbershop Talks

Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (MST)

CMEI Staff Facilitators: Diyonus Walls, Chrys Way, Andrew Ortiz-Martinez

In African American neighborhoods, the barbershop serves as a “sanctuary” and allows Black people to be vulnerable while discussing issues impacting their community. In celebration of Black History Month, the CMEI, Brother to Brother, Equity Peer Leaders, and the CU Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion invite you to join us in Community Care conversation through Barbershop Talks. Auraria Campus Barbershop Talks are designed to provide a space for solidarity and a sense of community for students of color, particularly men of color. Participants will be allowed to reflect on significant themes and issues impacting their lives, community activism, propose practical solutions, and learn to harness the power of their shared identity.

To register for the workshop, visit https://tinyurl.com/cmei-bt



Cool Masculinity

Friday, March 12th, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Chaunsae Dyson

Cool Masculinity is an event to delve into how being overly masculine is considered cool within our society. Men who do not fit this "manliness" model are often ostracized and belittled for not being masculine. Men who do not possess these overtly masculine traits are usually treated as outsiders and not a part of the so-called "cool club."

To register for the workshop, visit https://tinyurl.com/epl2021-1 

After registering and agreeing to the community standards, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.



Let's Talk: Acceptance of Gender-Neutral Terms Within Other Languages

Friday, March 19th, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Andrew Ortiz-Martinez

Let's Talk is a series on discussing topics relevant to students with a focus on first-generation students and their experiences. These conversations are open to all MSU Denver students to share from their perspective and listen to others.

To attend this program, visit http://bit.ly/39PlEku



Oppression Through Religion

Friday, March 26th, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Chaunsae Dyson

Oppression Through Religion will touch on how religion is prominent in our world and how aspects of it are commonly used to oppress and marginalize groups in society. This EPL session will dive into the contradicting nature of religion and the impact of those contradictions on modern-day culture, politics, and society.

To register for the workshop, visit https://tinyurl.com/epl2021-2 

After registering and agreeing to the community standards, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.



Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome and Healing

Thursday, April 1st, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM (MST)

Presenter: Dr. Joy DeGruy

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Jordan Matthews

The author of Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome, Dr. Joy DeGruy, will present  on this groundbreaking subject of post-traumatic syndrome and healing, which Lead EPL Jordan Matthews will moderate. Dr. Joy Angela DeGruy holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication, a Master's degree in Social Work (MSW), a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology, and a Ph.D. in Social Work Research. Dr. DeGruy is a nationally and internationally renowned researcher and educator.  For over two decades, she served as an Assistant Professor at Portland State University’s School of Social Work and now serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Joy DeGruy Publications Inc.

Register Here

After registering , you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.



Let's Talk: Not Being ___ Enough

Friday, April 16th, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Andrew Ortiz-Martinez

Let's Talk is a series on discussing topics relevant to students with a focus on first-gen students and their experiences. These conversations are open to all MSU Denver students to share from their perspective and listen to others.

 To attend this program, visit http://bit.ly/3bYzfIY



A Conversation with Professor Ibram X. Kendi on Being an Antiracist: How to be an Antiracist

Wednesday, April 21st, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Jordan Matthews

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is one of America’s foremost historians and leading antiracist scholars. He is a National Book Award-winning and #1 New York Times bestselling author of seven books. Kendi is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and the Founding Director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Kendi is a contributor writer at The Atlantic and a CBS News Racial Justice Contributor. He is also the 2020-2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for the Advanced Study at Harvard University. In 2020, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

This event will be a 45-minute interview-style conversation, followed by 15-minute Q&A. Registration for this event will open on Monday, March 1st, and space will be limited to the first 500 registrants.

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.



Technology and Fear of Missing Out

Friday, April 30th, 2021 | 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Chaunsae Dyson

We are the generation with the shortest attention span in history. "Techknowledgey" has made everything we do in our everyday life quick, fast, and comfortable. Technology has made life bend to our convenience and the tip of our fingertips. What happens mentally when we are forced to take a break from technology? What bad habits have we gained from technology? And have we become more pleasant as a species, or have we become impatient tech monsters who have lost our humanity? All this and more will be talked about and discussed at this event!

To register for the workshop, visit https://tinyurl.com/epl2021-3 

After registering and agreeing to the community standards, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the session.



Let's Talk: Antiblackness Within the Latine/x Community

Friday, May 7th, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (MST)

Equity Peer Leader Facilitator: Andrew Ortiz-Martinez 

Let's Talk is a series on discussing topics relevant to students with a focus on first-gen students and their experiences. These conversations are open to all MSU Denver students to share from their perspective and listen to others.

To attend this program, visit http://bit.ly/3p8MNW6 


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