NoCoWyo Diversity Conference

This unique conference for teens from northern Colorado and Wyoming is planned entirely by and for high school students.

Started by students and educators in 2019, this event brings hundreds of youth together to explore their identity, educate themselves and their peers, and make schools in northern Colorado and Wyoming safe and inclusive for all identities.

We are currently planning the next iteration of this Conference to take place on Saturday, December 2, 2023 on the campus of Colorado State University in Fort Collins!

If you are a student or educator ready to attend the event, select your workshops for the conference here! If you have any questions, please contact us.

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Directions and Venue

The 2023 NoCoWyo Diversity Conference will take place on the campus of Colorado State University (CSU) in Fort Collins. Registration and most conference sessions will take place in the Lory Student Center. You can find directions on Google Maps here, and follow the balloons to the conference!


We fill the conference day with numerous opportunities for students and teachers to discuss, engage and explore the topics that are most important to them. Click any portion of the day below for more information. You can also download a printable version of the day’s schedule.

Arrival and Parking / 9:00 – 9:30 am

If your group is not traveling to the event together, agree on a specific time to arrive as a group in advance. Once parked, follow the balloons to registration.

Breakfast / 9:00 – 10:00 am

We provide a light breakfast, including bagels and cream cheese, yogurt, fruit and muffins, as well as water and coffee. Participants are then ushered as a school group to the courtyard to register.

Registration and Morning Entertainment / 9:00 – 10:00 am

Group leaders register their clubs or groups; registration takes a matter of minutes. Each school receives a packet containing materials for the conference day, including nametags. An emcee and various student groups from around the state keep participants entertained as we get closer to starting the formal program.

Opening Ceremonies and Keynote Speech / 10:00 – 10:50 am

Opening Ceremonies begin with welcome speeches by the conference student co-chairs and educational leaders. Each year the Student Executive Committee works hard to identify and invite a notable public speaker to address conference attendees. In 2019 we were addressed by slam poet and community activist Jas Davis.

Discussion Groups and Lunch / 10:55 am – 12:25 pm

The first interactive session of the conference day involves informal group discussions of students from all over the state led by trained student facilitators. Students have an opportunity to speak their mind about the social issues they are facing in their schools and communities, and hear from other students from across the state who may be facing similar or different issues. Lunch is served at this time as well. While students are in their discussion groups, faculty advisors meet to have professional development workshops on teaching for equity and social justice.

Workshop A / 12:35 – 1:45 pm

Students and faculty advisors attend a workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.

Workshop B / 1:50 – 3:00 pm

Both students and faculty advisors attend a second workshop of their choice, chosen in advance. See a list of workshops offered here.

Action Planning Meetings / 3:05 – 3:40 pm

All attendees meet back with their schools or organizations for a brainstorming discussion on creating an action project for the second semester. Each school is free to identify whatever issue is most pressing to be addressed, and YCD provides support and guidance as students plan, enact, and evaluate their project.

Closing Ceremonies / 3:45 – 4:15 pm

We finish the day by giving out a community award, viewing a video montage, and hearing from an exceptional musical performer.


The 22 workshops offered at the Conference this year were chosen by the YCD NoCoWyo Student Board, so that the topics are constantly reflecting the needs, interests, and challenges facing teens in the region.

Student Facilitators Needed

Facilitators learn key skills including bonding, how to start a discussion, how to manage conflict, and much more — skills that will help them lead conversations on social change back in their clubs, schools, and communities.

We need 30+ youth from across northern Colorado and southern Wyoming to join us for facilitator training on Monday, November 13 from 5-8pm! The training will take place at Rocky Mountain High School; dinner will be provided. Here’s your chance to take a leadership role at the conference!

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.

Immigrant & Refugee Center of Northern Colorado
Colorado State University


If your school or youth organization is interested in attending the NoCoWyo Diversity Conference, we ask that you register for our program YCD Colorado, which gives your group access to all YCD programming in the state for the school year.

If your group has registered for YCD Colorado, use the button below to select your workshops and attend the event!

Donations and Sponsorship

Please consider a donation or sponsorship to help us guarantee the future of the NoCoWyo Diversity Conference.


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
  • Tour during Conference day by student co-chairs
  • Info table for participants to browse during arrival
  • 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
  • Info table for participants to browse during arrival
  • 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 NoCoWyo Student Board, contact the organizer for the program:

Jason Powell

Adult Mentor – YCD Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colorado
(970) 488-7041

Jody Snow

Adult Mentor – YCD Fort Collins
Fort Collins, Colorado
(320) 287-0166

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

Caleb Munro

Caleb Munro

Executive Director
Denver, Colorado
(720) 507-0746