Everybody Welcome: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity

Colorado Springs Diversity Forum’s 9th annual “Everybody Welcome™” is a free multi-cultural festival highlighting our rich diversity. It began in 2007 and now will be held indoors for the first time.This year, we collaborate with local military bands, Funk Hall-of-Famers and partners to create a family-friendly evening of fun, food and funk!

Together with The Funk Center, C/S Conservatory, PeakEducation and local school districts, we’ve included a musical Instrument Drive enabling more schools to provide instruments for students who can’t afford them and collectively impact the musical diversity in our community.

These prestigious awards are given to recognize businesses and organizations in the Pikes Peak Region that demonstrate and promote diversity and inclusion in both their internal operations and external civic engagement. Standards of excellence will include highly inclusive organizational policies and benefits, as well as commitment to diversity training, education, and volunteerism on all levels of operation.

Dialogue assumes that many people have pieces of the puzzle. Dialogue is also described as civil discourse, “the language of dispassionate objectivity”, and … “it requires respect of the other participants. It neither diminishes the other’s moral worth, nor questions their good judgment; it avoids hostility, direct antagonism, or excessive persuasion; it requires modesty and an appreciation for the other participant’s experiences.” Kenneth J. Gergen

Participate in conversations among people from a variety of backgrounds and experience shared over dinner!

Topics which tend to generate a variety of opinions are discussed with the support of ground rules and a neutral facilitator. Several groups are formed twice per year and will commit to meeting 5 times in the following 6 months to engage in

Colorado Springs Diversity Forum (CSDF) was founded in 2005 to work to create opportunity for our citizens and businesses to recognize and appreciate the rich diversity in our community, to communicate that appreciation to those inside and outside our community, and to demonstrate the value of inclusiveness.

– 2012 Hosted 50th ‘Sister City Anniversary Celebration’ with Fujiyoshida, Japan.

– 2010 Received ‘NBC-LEO City Cultural Diversity Award’ from the National League of Cities.

– 2007 Launched ‘Everybody Welcome™: A Celebration of Culture and Diversity’.

– 2006 Focused on identifying issues, establishing goals and objectives, and engaging key stakeholders and organizations in memberships.

We envision building 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. Our work represents a visible commitment to helping our community achieve its full potential.

respectful dialog.