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The Colorado Springs Diversity Forum (CSDF) was established in 2005 by a small group of civic leaders who came together to explore the contribution diversity and inclusion can make to our community.
Our vision is: EVERYBODY WELCOME! Our mission is CONNECT, INCLUDE, ENGAGE
Our strategy is to build on the positive work and influence of the diverse cultures that contribute to the social and business structure of our city. We recognize that positive diversity practices enhance economic vitality, promote business success, and improve the quality of life for current and future citizens of Colorado Springs.
CSDF promotes the practice of inclusivity through education programs and networking opportunities. We recognize successful diversity practices with awards and we host an annual celebration of diversity and inclusion.
We offer a free Resource Guide for Small to Mid-Sized Businesses is a living document available in PDF on the CSDF website; a variety of current topics related to diversity and inclusion are presented at six general meetings each year; along with community partners quarterly workshops, seminars or speaker each. We coordinate roundtables with diverse populations to develop a strong membership network of relevant institutional, educational and community organizations with a common purpose surrounding issues of diversity and inclusion. CSDF builds relationships, communicates with, researches and aids in improving and promoting healthy diversity and inclusion practices within and related to our local government.
CSDF Inclusion Awards honor organizations that promote, recognize and demonstrate diversity and inclusion in both their internal operations and external civic engagement. The ideal candidates hold diversity and inclusion to the highest level of achievement.
Each August the Colorado Springs Diversity Forum, along with a multitude of community partners, hosts Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity to showcase the diversity of talented area performers, artisans, cultural craftsmen through distinct activities and exhibits, to educate the community wherein difference is looked upon as an asset and where curiosity and a desire to engage are the first response to difference.
The Celebration kicks off with the recreation of a vibrant slice of Colorado Springs history "The Cotton Club". Designed in the style of Fannie Mae Duncan, progressive proponent of inclusion and namesake of the celebration, the highlight of the evening is the recognition of an historic local leader in diversity and inclusion.
The Festival is a day filled with performances from native ritual to modern dance, barbershop to hip hop, on multiple stages, combined with a rich sampling of the sights, sounds, and tastes of the myriad of cultures that make up the whole of this community.
The membership of CSDF is comprised of representatives from public, private, nonprofit, and education sectors. Members of the Forum actively support the mission of the organization financially, with volunteer hours and in action. Our meetings and events are open to all those interested in participating.
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