Welcome to Diverse Fort Collins


August 2019

Welcome to Diverse Fort Collins!

Thank you for visiting Diverse Fort Collins, your website for information, resources and events related to diversity, equity and inclusion in Fort Collins, Colorado.

This is an independent, volunteer, grassroots project that provides a safe space where you can connect with others. Read more about the Diverse Fort Collins Book Group below.

As this website develops, you’ll be able to see lists of community organizations, ethnic businesses (such as restaurants that specialize in the cuisine of other countries) and businesses owned by people of color; a land acknowledgment, a glossary of terms, a list of the wonderful people who are Diverse Fort Collins sponsors, advisers and volunteers (including those who will translate this welcome message into Arabic, French, Korean, Mandarin and Spanish).

You’ll also be able to connect with new friends who want to expand their social circles through discussions and other events.

A little about me: I was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. My mom is from the Philippines and my dad (who is Mexican-American from Roswell, New Mexico) grew up in East L.A. I moved to Fort Collins in 2002, and though I was often aware that I was the only person of color in the room, it wasn’t until I attended the 2015 Multicultural Community Retreat and joined my workplace’s equity and inclusion team that I began making new friends of diverse backgrounds, identities, abilities and experiences.

My love of Fort Collins and my work in racial equity, diversity and inclusion inspired me to create Diverse Fort Collins.

Our community lands on many top 10 lists for reasons we’ve all heard. On the flip side, many of my friends and colleagues who are people of color and I have had not-so-positive experiences. Some have experienced racism, racial profiling and discrimination. Some have been vocal; others silent. Some have moved away and returned; others will never return.

On a happier note, I’m glad to see many businesses displaying signs such as “All Are Welcome Here” (Thank you, Toolbox Creative!) and “Safe Zone: This space respects all aspect of people, including race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, religion and ability” (Thank you, Happy Lucky’s Teahouse!)

One opportunity to get involved in Diverse Fort Collins is by reading the Fort Collins Reads selection, The House of Broken Angels by Luis Alberto Urrea. Mention the Diverse Fort Collins Book Group at Old Firehouse Books to receive a 20 percent discount off the paperback.

Mark your calendar for the book group discussion at 3 p.m. on October 27 at Wolverine Farm Letterpress and Publick House and attend the November 3 Fort Collins Reads event.

Future book group selections will feature fiction and nonfiction, and may include Becoming by Michelle Obama, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo and My Grandmother’s Hands: Racialized Trauma and the Pathway to Mending Our Hearts and Bodies by Resmaa Menakem.

If you like what Diverse Fort Collins is about, please consider supporting us with your time (volunteer) or money (sponsor)(watch for PayPal and other links coming soon.) We seek volunteers to help with strategic planning, event coordination, writing guest blog posts, etc.

Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com if you’re interested, or if you have questions or comments. We’d love to hear from you.

And follow us on social media:

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DiverseFortCollins and www.facebook.com/DiverseFoCo

Instagram: @DiverseFortCollins

There’s so much more I could say. I’ll leave it for future posts.

I love Fort Collins, and I love my life and friends here. I hope you’ll join us in co-creating Diverse Fort Collins.

Again, welcome!

Katherine Valdez
Publisher, Diverse Fort Collins

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