Colorado Youth Diversity Conference

Thank you to the 650+ youth, educators and community members from across Colorado who joined us in taking off their mental masks!

28th annual Colorado Youth Diversity Conference
January 30-31, 2021

Take of your mental mask

At its inception, eighteen schools gathered for the Cherry Creek Diversity Conference — now named the Colorado Youth Diversity Conference — which has now grown into the largest diversity and inclusion conference in the state of Colorado.

This program is the only statewide conference dealing with issues of diversity and inclusion entirely planned by and for students.

Under normal circumstances, this program welcomes over 1,000 teens and educators for an in-person one day event. In 2021, despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, we welcomed over 650 participants from 121 high schools and youth organizations throughout the state for a two-day virtual experience.

Proudly presented by

And thank you to our platinum sponsors

Cherry Creek Schools
Colorado State University

Conference Program


Did you miss the Conference weekend? No worries, we have videos to share the experience with you! The Student Executive Committee was excited to welcome Rep. Leslie Herod, Frank Waln, and Lydia XZ Brown to the virtual stage as keynote speakers and featured performers for the 2021 Conference.

Meet the YCD Colorado Student Executive Committee

Hear from members of the YCD Colorado Student Executive Committee why this program means so much to them, and the change they are making through YCD.

Welcome from the Student Co-Chairs

Luke, Huarui, and Zach — student co-chairs — welcome attendees to the 28th annual Colorado Youth Diversity Conference on Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Leslie Herod: Let’s Roll Up Our Sleeves and Make Change

Colorado State Representative Leslie Herod inspires us with her personal story of how she became involved in politics and making positive social change.

Frank Waln: Lakota Hip Hop Artist and Musician

Hear from indigenous performer and musician Frank Waln as he shares his music and story with the youth of Colorado.

Lydia XZ Brown: Dreaming Disability Justice into our Future

Disability activist Lydia XZ Brown provides a compelling and inspiring narrative on how we can make disability justice a reality through our words and actions.

Yoga and Meditation for Teens

Stressed out? Feeling anxious? Join Austin Dempers from bhavanaKIDS for a yoga and meditation session designed just for teens and young people.

Partners, Allies and Accomplices

YCD is proud to work with dozens of local, authentic non-profit organizations and community groups to provide workshops and education for our programs. Below is a representative list of the organizations that have presented at the Conference recently.

Creative Strategies for Change
Black Actors Guild
Laboratory to Combat Human Trafficking
Art from Ashes
Interfaith Alliance of Colorado
Children's Hospital Colorado
Building Bridges
ACLU of Colorado

Student Executive Committee

As with all YCD conferences and events, the Conference is planned entirely by the Student Executive Committee, a team of some 20-30 students from a wide variety of high schools and identities. While the conference’s goals do not change year to year, every other detail is planned by this group of dedicated volunteers.

Interested in taking a leadership role? Any Colorado-based student who will be in high school during the 2021-22 school year is invited to apply. Interested students are encouraged to apply no later than August 30, 2021.

Donations and Sponsorship

While this year’s Conference may be over, the work if far from done. Consider a donation to show your support for YCD Colorado so we can sustain this work for the rest of the school year and beyond.


Individuals may donate online using the form below. Donations will be directed specifically to support this program.


Sponsorships are available for businesses and organizations at a wide variety of levels and come with significant benefits to show attendees your support of their cause:

Gold Sponsor: $1,000+

  • Full-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Meet and greet with student co-chairs
  • Prominent display of logo on Conference website
  • Mention in post-event email blast to all participants
  • Mention of sponsorship over YCD social media channels

Silver Sponsor: $500+

  • Half-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Invitation to attend Opening Ceremonies
  • Display of logo on Conference website
  • Mention of sponsorship over YCD social media channels

Bronze Sponsor: $250+

  • Quarter-page advertisement in the Conference program distributed to all participants
  • Invitation to attend Opening Ceremonies
  • Mention on Conference website

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, or to make your pledge, please contact us.

Contact Info

For more information about the Student Executive Committee, contact either organizer for the program:

Savanna Depew

Savanna Depew

Organizer – Colorado
Denver, Colorado
(214) 738-6228

Dr. Kinette Richards

Kinette Richards

Organizer – Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
(720) 747-3112

For questions about registration, payment, or anything else, contact YCD’s Executive Director:

Caleb Munro

Caleb Munro

Executive Director
Denver, Colorado
(720) 507-0746