Why attend?

With all MCAs working together, we hope to expand the definition of Professional Development in a way that highlights the importance of diversity and inclusion in our work and lives. 

What are the mcas

The Community Alliances at Colorado School of Mines strive to create communities and build support for underrepresented faculty and staff members. While each Community Alliance serves a specific community, anyone working at Mines is welcome to join in support of these important members of the Colorado School of Mines community.

Equity- Professional Development Conference

October 24th 2023 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Green Center – Friedhoff Hall


Event Schedule: 

8:30 am – 9:00 am: Breakfast from Tlaquesalsa, Sodexo, Cafe 13, and The Gaykery 

9:00 am – 10:30 am: Keynote speaker Rosina McNeil, Statewide Equity Director at the Colorado Department of Personnel & Administration, presents: Community – A key ingredient to EDIA  

Why is community important when it comes to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion?  Community is important because community is everything. Community, of course, can be defined in so many ways and by so many parts of your identity. But reaching out to understand your community and even more importantly, the communities in which you don’t belong to, can be the key ingredient to inclusion, access and belonging.  

10:30 am – 10:45 am: Break 

10:45 am – 11:45 am: Breakout sessions 

  • Every Day is Awesome…. Right?: How to create daily habits for a more fulfilling life.  presented by Kelley Sorge. Held in the Green Center, 200F.

Learn how to set goals that lead you to success, incorporate the practice of gratitude, and the importance of mindfulness in your daily life. 

  • “You’re Wearing THAT?!”: Deconstructing Norms and Stereotypes Surrounding Self Expression presented by Kelsie Diaz and Savannah Allshouse. Held in the Green Center, 200A.

Join us for a conversation about the history and expression of self through fashion and attire as we deconstruct stereotypes and perceptions of clothing, gender presentation, body art, and body type. We will share a brief history about fashion and gender presentation in attire, as well as consider how these perceptions shift based on the body type of the wearer. We will then move to break down these old-fashioned understandings to create a more inclusive and welcoming campus. 

  • Reframing Imposter Syndrome: Developing a New Lens to Interrupt the Cycle of Self-blame and Shame presented by Sheena Martinez. Held in the Green Center, Friedhoff 2.

Pulling from the work of Ruchika Tulshyan and Jodi-Ann Burey, in their Harvard Business Review article, “Stop telling women they have imposter syndrome”, this session will provide new insights and perspectives to recenter the historical and societal impacts of what we have come to understand as imposter syndrome. The ownness to address imposter syndrome has traditionally been placed on the person experiencing it, with a high level of impact on women and people of color. This session will provide an opportunity for participants to investigate the environmental phenomena and triggers that bring about imposter syndrome and impact our sense of belonging in the workplace. With opportunities for individual and group reflection, this session will create space for how we as individuals and leaders can begin to consider how our work environments might be the key to more effectively addressing the experience of imposter syndrome. 

12:00 pm – 12: 30 pm: Convention wrap up presented by Leslie Faigen


Conference Food Vendors


The Gaykery 


Cafe 13

Vegetarian and gluten free options available 
Conference Organizers

Kathleen Armstrong
Kelsie Diaz
Leslie Faigen
Rakhi Ihiga
Carter Kubic
Megan Rose
Noah Sandoval