Faces of Diversity

Boulder Labs Diversity Council


2nd Wednesday
of every month
1:00 pm
open to all

Monthly Observances


Cultural Diversity Series – Climate Change Adaptation & Exercises of Indigenuity
Time: Thursday, March 31, 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Place: DSRC GC402 (Multipurpose Room)
Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Haskell Indian Nations University Professor, will share indigenous knowledge or "Indigenuity" perspectives on climate change, and how this knowledge is complementary to modern science and highlight its important role in adaptation planning. Indigenous knowledge is handed down through generations with traditional stories and beliefs, including their relationship with the natural environment. After Dan's presentation, a panel of Haskell students will also share their research and discuss how indigenous knowledge has informed their research. The presentations are part of a two day visit to NOAA Boulder.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – Screening of Ahupua'a film followed by panel discussion from the Kumulau Foundation
Time: Thursday, June 2, 11 am - 12 noon
Place: DSRC GC402 (Multipurpose Room)
This film documents the Hawaiian Ahupua'a system of land use that provides access to all resources, from mountains to sea. The panel will include multi-generational Kanaka Oiwi (indigenous Hawaiian) cultural practitioners, who will provide their perspectives on the film and discuss their culture and indigenous knowledge systems. Kumulau Foundation is a Hawaiian-led philanthropic, educational, non-profit entity committed to perpetuating traditional Hawaiian culture through community engagement.

Tribal Relations Seminar – American Indians 101
Time: Wednesday, August 10, 10 am - 12 noon
Place: DSRC GC402 (Multipurpose Room)
The NOAA Tribal Consultation Handbook was developed to provide direction in fulfilling NOAA's obligation under Executive Order 13175 - Consultation and Coordination with Indian Tribal Governments. This seminar will give an introduction to the unique relationship between Tribes and the Federal Government and an understanding of the culture and diversity of Tribes. The first part will give an introduction on the unique relationship between Tribes and the Federal government and focus on Tribal concepts such as Treaties, Tribal Sovereignty, Federal Trust Responsibility, and government-to-government relationships. The second part will provide a basic overview of American Indian Culture, cross-cultural communication skills and what to consider when building relationship with Tribes.
Speaker: Carla Fredericks (Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara) - Director, CU American Indian Law Program, The Unique Relationship between Indian Tribes and the Federal Government
Speaker: Dr. Grace Sage Musser (Oneida) - Conciliation Specialist, Dept. of Justice (retired), Understanding the Culture and Diversity of Tribes

Hispanic Heritage Month – Water is Life: History and Cultural Traditions of Acequias of Northern New Mexico
Time: tbd, September/October
Place: DSRC GC402 (Multipurpose Room)
Every society must have a system for capturing, storing, and distributing water. Acequias or "community irrigation systems" are an integral part of the Hispanic culture and community of New Mexico. Dr. Rodriguez will give an overview of the history of Acequias and discuss the relationship between water sharing, belief and attachment to place.
Speaker: Dr. Sylvia Rodriguez, Professor Emerita of Anthropology at UNM and Author Acequia: Water Sharing, Sanctity, and Place