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A collaborative and welcoming learning experience for everyone within the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Thank you for all who were able to participate in this year's inclusive excellence event. We appreciate your feedback and support. To learn more about how we're moving forward in this space, visit our Diversity and Inclusion page.  



9:30 a.m.

Land Acknowledgement Statement

Jan Iron - IT Professional - Agricultural Experimentation Station 

Ballrooms A & B

9:35 a.m.

Opening Remarks

Shannon Archibeque-Engle - Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment - Vice President for Diversity & Dr. James Pritchett - Interim Dean and Director - College of Agricultural Sciences & Agricultural Experiment Station

Ballrooms A & B

10:00 a.m.

Keynote: Beginning the Journey

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler

Ballrooms A & B

10:45 a.m.

Facilitated Discussion: Building an Equitable and Inclusive Community in Agriculture

Facilitator: Shannon Archibeque-Engle - Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment - Vice President for Diversity

Ballrooms A & B

11:45 a.m.


Ballrooms A & B

12:30 p.m.

Workshop Session One

You will have the option to choose from any of the workshops listed below. 

2:00 p.m.

Workshop Session Two

You will have the option to choose from any of the workshops listed below. 

3:30 p.m.

Facilitated Discussion

Shannon Archibeque-Engle - Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment - Vice President for Diversity 

Ballrooms A & B

4:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks

Ballrooms A & B

Workshop Tracks

Student Track

Workshops in this track are open to undergraduate and graduate students only.


Communicating Across Difference | Cherokee Room

Presenter: Students Empowering & Engaging in Dialogue (SEED)

Play the card game activity, BARNGA. The activity prompts reflection and conversation about communication assumptions, expectations, and norms and the challenges of communicating across groups, communities, cultures, languages, etc. Specifically, the activity can open up conversations about rules and norms, socialization, social identities, systems of privilege and oppression, discrimination and bias, and how to enter/exit communities.

Staff/Faculty Track

Workshops in this track are open to faculty and staff.


Inclusive Teaching Strategies | Room 376

Presenter: Ria Vigil & Dr. Andrew Norton

Inclusive Teaching, according to our working definition, “involves deliberately cultivating a learning environment where all students are treated equitably, have equal access to learning, and feel valued and supported in their learning. Such teaching includes attending to social identities and seeks to change the ways systemic inequities shape dynamics in teaching-learning spaces, affect individuals' experiences of those spaces, and influence course design."

This workshop facilitated by Ria Vigil and Dr. Andrew Norton, in partnership with the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, will give you a greater understanding of inclusive pedagogical principles and classroom practices. This experiential workshop addresses obstacles to inclusive teaching and discusses applicable strategies to intentionally create an inclusive classroom environment.


Agriculture and Identity | Room 372

Presenter: Michael Martin, Assistant Professor

Examine how contemporary agricultural values and identities shape the agricultural industry and the culture of the College of Agricultural Sciences. Discuss how agricultural values and identities intersect with community, race, ethnicity, and gender, then explore how we can effectively work across our differences. Special attention will be paid to the context and realities of Colorado State University and the College of Agricultural Sciences.


Introduction of Social Identities | Room 386

Presenter: Fleurette (Flo) King - Equity Educator  - TILT & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Office - The Institute for Learning & Teaching- Colorado State University 

An interactive workshop on social identities that provides a contemporary overview of social identities, including age, abilities and disabilities, race and ethnicity, gender identity and expression, social economic status, nationality, sexual and romantic orientations, religion and spirituality, and body size. The examination of social identities can help educators understand the perspectives of diverse individuals and gain insight on how to best support their learning and growth. The self-awareness of social identities can provide an understanding on implicit and explicit bias, dominant narratives, and how the intersection of identities can impact engagement and inclusion. 

About the Presenters

Dr. Shannon Archibeque-Engle - Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment

Committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive learning environment for students, faculty, and staff through education and evidence-based practices, Dr. Archibeque-Engle’s research focuses on an intersectional and critical analysis of higher education, particularly agricultural higher education, and has been featured locally, nationally, and internationally.


Fleurette (Flo) King, Equity Educator  - TILT & Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Office - The Institute for Learning & Teaching- Colorado State University 

Pronouns - Any version of she/they/per

As the Equity Educator in TILT and Undergraduate Affairs at Colorado State University, Flo reports to Assistant Vice Provost Kelly Long providing faculty-facing professional develop to assist with inclusive pedagogy and classroom management. King has been a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice advocate and educator for more than 27 years in higher education. King's career journey includes full-time appointments at a variety of higher education institutions, including DePaul University, Princeton University, the University of Michigan, University of Connecticut, Loras College and others. King has completed a M.A. in sociology from DePaul University and a B.A. in sociology with a minor in ethnic studies from Bowling Green State University. Flo enjoys short walks on the beach, racquetball, tennis, cycling, fishing, social movement history, and documentaries. 


Michael Martin - Assistant Professor - Agricultural and Resource Economics

An associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics. Michael earned two Bachelor's and a Master’s degree at the University of Illinois and then a Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in agricultural education.  Michael was also a high school agriculture teacher for three years in Illinois. Michael investigates ways that agricultural literacy can put people and their context in the middle of the learning experience. He also works with stakeholders across Colorado to help professionals in agricultural literacy design programming and instruction. Michael’s teaching and research include agricultural education methods and evaluation, extension research and evaluation, agricultural history, and agricultural ideology courses.     


Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler - Chief Catalyst The Equity Project, LLC

Dr. Nita Mosby Tyler is the Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project, LLC – an organization designed to support organizations and communities in building diversity, equity and inclusion strategies. She is the former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado – the first African American woman to hold that position in the organizations 100+ year history. She is also the former Executive Director of the Office of Human Resources for the City and County of Denver – the first African American woman to hold that position in the 63+ year history of the agency. Dr. Mosby Tyler, a consultant accredited by the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence, is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government and for-profit organizations.


Andrew Norton - Professor - Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

Andrew Norton's research focuses on understanding the ecological and environmental impact of pest management strategies with an emphasis on plant-insect interactions and invasive weed species. Dr. Norton's teaching uses inclusive practices to teach critical thinking communication skills in large enrollment undergraduate courses. He has served as the College's Master Teacher Initiative Coordinator since 2015.


Laxmi Shastry - Coordinator for Intergroup Relations - Colorado State University

Laxmi's work focuses on dialogue and intergroup dialogue, peer education/facilitation, and engaging students in learning across differences to promote more inclusive and equitable communities. She coordinates Students Empowering & Engaging in Dialogue (SEED) and the new Learning Through Dialogue residential learning community. Laxmi has degrees in English and Communication from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Michigan.


Ria Vigil - Assistant Vice President for Inclusive Organizational Practice - Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Ria Vigil is a two-time CSU alumna with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and Women’s Studies and an M.S. in Student Affairs and Higher Education. Ria brings humor, compassion and deep expertise to her work. She is a highly regarded trainer who has worked with CSU’s President’s Cabinet and Deans; the City of Fort Collins; the Community College of Aurora; and the University of Colorado. She has created a diversity certificate program for both faculty and staff at CSU and has trained more than 3,000 CSU employees over the last three years.  In addition to training on campus, Ria serves as a strategic thought leader and consultant to institutional departments in the ongoing process of infusing social justice, diversity and inclusion into the culture of CSU.


Students Empowering & Engaging in Dialogue (SEED)

SEED provides peer-led workshops to students by students. The goal of all the workshops is to engage and increase students’ knowledge, awareness, understanding, and skills on topics of identity, inclusion, bias, and social justice. The program is student-led and aims to facilitate students in dialogues across difference with the hope that a more inclusive campus and community is fostered. 


In the College of Agricultural Sciences, we want everyone to feel valued, welcomed and invited. We are working to become more inclusive and acknowledge openly that more work needs to be done. In an effort to build upon this core community value, as well as give ourselves the opportunity to grow with each other, the College of Agricultural Sciences is hosting, “Come to the Table: Building an Equitable and Inclusive College Together.” 

In 2019, The College of Agricultural Sciences conducted a study of diversity and inclusion as it pertains to our community. The findings of this study are available here and have framed our purpose for this inclusive excellence event. 


For questions and/or accommodation requests, please contact Elias Quinonez, Manager of Student Life and Diversity, at 970.491.2088 or

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