Dismantling Hate: An Educational Series Toward Understanding and Action

This series, for the academic year 2021-22, is a campus-wide initiative that provides programming for CC students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members from the Colorado Springs area.  The purpose and goal of this educational series is to support our communities to better understand hate - its roots and outcomes, and to motivate people to take action to dismantle hate.  Each educational program in the series features a conversation with an activist, broadly defined, who shares their work and experiences dismantling hate against marginalized communities.

Antiracism 101


Dr. Shaun Harper

September 9, 2021


Virtual event

Hybrid community gathering space - EKG Cornerstone Arts Center - 131 Screening Room

Colorado College has made a bold commitment to antiracism but does everyone know what exactly that means? How is it different from diversity, equity, and inclusion? To answer this question we invited Dr. Shaun Harper, founder of the newly formed Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance, or LACRELA, of which CC is a member. 

Shaun Harper studies racial, gender, and LGBT issues in corporations, law firms, Hollywood production companies, K-12 schools, and universities. He is also an expert on college sports. Dr. Harper has consulted with more than 200 businesses and institutions on strategies related to equity, diversity, and inclusion. He has published 12 books and over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and other academic publications and procured $13 million in research grants. His research has been cited in over 10,000 published studies. The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Fortune, Washington Post, Black Enterprise, and several thousand other news outlets have quoted Professor Harper and featured his research. He has interviewed on CNN, ESPN, and NPR. Prior to becoming a faculty member, he was Assistant Director of MBA Admissions for the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Dr. Harper spent a decade at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a tenured full professor.

Dismantling Anti-Black Racism

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October 4, 2021


EKG Cornerstone Arts Center - Richard Celeste Theater

During this keynote conversation - open to all Colorado College students, alums, faculty, and staff - Dr. Della discusses the need, process, and outcomes of dismantling anti-Black racism. Dr. Della and her team develops a set of introductory questions to facilitate a baseline understanding of anti-Black racism and to introduce Dr. Della’s work. A team member asks Dr. Della these questions unless someone from Colorado College is interested and an appropriate fit. Following this 20-30 minute introduction, students are invited to ask questions and engage in discussion with Dr. Della around the topic of anti-Black racism and Black liberation for 50-60 minutes.

Della Mosley's formal and informal education comes from Bradley University, Johns Hopkins University, the University of Kentucky, Duke University, and the countless community organizers and activists, Black feminists, young people, and community members she crossed paths with during her fight for the advancement of marginalized folx.

As a faculty member in the psychology department at the University of Florida, she develops and leads the Wellness, Equity, Love, Liberation, and Sexuality Healing, and Research Collective. Her research, teaching, and service connect to her larger goal of enhancing the psychopolitical wellness of folx who experience oppression simply as a result of their social identities. She focuses on social justice, prevention, holistic wellness, and strengths. In her research, she loves using contextually rich, qualitative, and intersectional approaches to exploring the experiences and promoting the wellness of Black folx and of queer, transgender, and/or gender-expansive People of Color.  

Dr. Mosley co-founded Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (#Academics4BlackLives), is a proud member of the Psychology of Radical Healing Collective, and an American Psychological Association (APA) Minority Fellow.

Dismantling Anti-Transgender Legislation


Chase Strangio

November 3rd, 2021


Max Kade Theater, Armstrong Hall

Hybrid Event

Transgender hate comes in many forms. What happens when hate becomes codified in law? This year an unprecedented number of state legislation bills to ban pro-transgender health care and curriculum in schools have been proposed around the nation.  We join Chase Strangio in a conversation about these bills and how we can fight them to dismantle transgender hate. 

Chase Strangio is Deputy Director for Transgender Justice with the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender rights. Chase’s work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative and administrative advocacy, on behalf of LGBTQ people and people living with HIV across the United States.

Prior to joining the ACLU, Chase was an Equal Justice Works Fellow and the Director of Prisoner Justice Initiatives at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, where he represented transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in confinement settings. In 2012, Chase co-founded the Lorena Borjas Community Fund, an organization that provides direct bail/bond assistance to LGBTQ immigrants in criminal and immigration cases. Chase is a graduate of Northeastern University School of Law and Grinnell College.

Calling in the Call Out Culture

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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

6:00pm MDT

Virtual Event

Join activist, and public intellectual, Dr. Loretta Ross in calling in the Calling Out Culture and in the fight against White Supremacy.

Loretta J. Ross is a Professor at Smith College in the Program for the Study of Women and Gender where she teaches courses on white supremacy, human rights, and calling in the calling out culture.

Loretta was the National Coordinator of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective (2005-2012) and co-created the theory of Reproductive Justice. Loretta was the National Co-Director of the March for Women’s Lives (April 25, 2004) in Washington D.C., the largest protest march in U.S. history at that time. She founded the National Center for Human Rights Education (NCHRE) in Atlanta, Georgia, launched the Women of Color Program for the National Organization for Women (NOW), and was the national program director of the National Black Women’s Health Project. One of the first African American women to direct a rape crisis center, Loretta was the third Executive Director of the D.C. Rape Crisis Center.

Dismantling Misconceptions of Disability

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February 2, 2022

7pm MDT

Virtual Event

Dr. Rebekah Taussig, a disability advocate and educator who has been paralyzed since the age of three, will challenge everything you think you know about disability.  Dr. Taussig has a PhD in creative nonfiction and disability studies. In her memoir, Sitting Pretty: The View from My Ordinary Resilient Disabled Body, Taussig asks the question “what would it mean for disabled folks if society saw us as acceptable, equal, and valuable parts of the whole? She will invite us to think bigger and more critically about who has a seat at the table and the barriers that bar others from inclusion

 Dr. Taussig is a passionate teacher with a range of experience, from freshmen in high school to upper-level college classes covering subjects from English literature, composition, and creative writing to disability studies. She is the recipient of the Hefner Kansas Book Award in Literary Nonfiction for her memoir. She has held talks and workshops at the University of Michigan, Davidson College and Yale University on disability representation, identity, and community. Finally, she runs the Instagram platform @sitting_pretty, where she crafts “mini-memoirs” for her more than 50,000 followers to contribute nuance to the collective narratives being told about disability in our culture.

Refugees, Language, and the Meaning of ‘America’

Viet Thanh NguyenViet Thanh Nguyen

Thursday, April 7, 2022, 7 p.m.

Kathryn Mohrman Theatre

In collaboration with the Asian Studies department, Forever Foreign: Asian America Global Asia, and the Problem of Anti-Asian Racism. Viet Thanh Nguyen is a professor at the University of Southern California and an award-winning novelist, creative nonfiction writer, scholar, teacher, and essayist whose columns are regularly published in The New York Times. Nguyen and his family came to the United States in 1975 as refugees during the Vietnam War. Growing up in America, he realized that most movies and books about the war focused on Americans, while the Vietnamese were silenced and erased. He was inspired by this lack of representation to write about the war from a Vietnamese perspective. In his first novel, “The Sympathizer” (2017), which won the Pulitzer Prize, Nguyen creatively reimagines the Vietnam War. His second novel, “The Committed” (2021), is a much-anticipated follow-up to the first, has received widespread acclaim, and has been described as a “masterwork” and “revelatory.” Nguyen’s book “Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War” (2016) was a finalist for the National Book Award. Nguyen received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant in 2017.

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