Registration now open for 2023 CU Social Justice Summit

Registration is open for the 2023 University of Colorado Social Justice Summit, which will feature a keynote talk by author, scholar and educator Bettina L. Love and a conversation with all four CU chancellors.

The theme of the virtual, biennial summit is “Operationalizing Liberation for a Diverse Democracy,” and the systemwide event is open to undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, university staff and frontline employees from CU Boulder, CU Denver, UCCS, the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, and the CU system office in Denver. Alumni and other community members may also attend the summit.

Bettina L. Love

The keynote speaker, Bettina L. Love, is the William F. Russell professor at Columbia University’s Teachers College, and she will give a talk for the CU community titled, “We Gon’ Be Alright, But That Ain’t Alright: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom.”

Love is the author of “We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom” and “Hip Hop’s Li’l Sistas Speak: Negotiating Hip Hop Identities and Politics in the New South.” Her presentations center on abolitionist teaching, education reform, anti-racism, hip hop education, Black girlhood, queer youth, hip hop feminism, art-based education to foster youth civic engagement, and issues of diversity and inclusion. During its 50th anniversary celebration, the Kennedy Center named Love one of its Next 50 Leaders making the world a more inspired, inclusive, and compassionate place.

Event organizers recommend that participants register early. More information about the full schedule of sessions will become available on the summit webpage in early January. Participants may also attend community meetups on Jan. 30 to engage in dialogue with peers and colleagues from around the CU system.