Diverse Fort Collins: Week of March 15

Hello, friends!

We hope you’re staying healthy and safe. What a roller-coaster of a week.

Let’s pause for a minute and enjoy the beauty of Colorado.

Photo of yellow flowers and mountains by Jessica Fadel on Unsplash
Photo of Rocky Mountain National Park, Trail Ridge Road Summit, by Jeremy Thomas on Unsplash

Remember to take care of yourself by drinking plenty of water, preparing healthy meals, washing your hands frequently, and staying in touch with loved ones via phone, email, text, and social media.

NEWS

Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser warns Coloradans to be on the lookout for coronavirus scams

COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted the lives of people all over the world.

The past week has been strange, with people across the U.S. panic-buying toilet paper and food, schools and other institutions closing, and major events being canceled.

It’s unsettling how quickly things developed.

Fortunately we have trustworthy sources of information. Here are a few:

Book Discussion Postponed

To adhere with “social distancing” guidelines promoted by health and government organizations, we have postponed the March 22 White Fragility book discussion until May 17.

(In the meantime, would you participate in an online discussion in a private Facebook group? Weigh in with your ideas and comments by emailing DiverseFoCo@gmail.com)

As the date approaches, we’ll provide updates, and change plans if necessary. We’ll discuss Chapters 9-12 at that third and final discussion of Robin DiAngelo’s book.

Please download and print the free Reading Guide at http://www.RobinDiAngelo.com and bring it with you to the meeting.

(Donations are welcomed to the church to thank them for the meeting space, as well as cash gifts to DFC to help defray the cost of refreshments, copied materials, and administration.)

To tide you over, here’s a short video “Debunking The Most Common Myths White People Tell About Race” featuring Robin DiAngelo. There are many others on YouTube. Check them out!

Watch for announcements later in the year about the next book group selection, There There by Tommy Orange.

Diverse Fort Collins Goes To Washington, D.C.

Every year, 100 state and community leaders attend the Colorado Capitol Conference to learn about our form of government and the legislative process. Here’s a brief video.

Diverse Fort Collins founder and executive director Katherine Valdez has accepted an invitation from the office of CSU President Joyce McConnell to join her delegation for the June 10-12 event!

“It will be an honor to represent our community at the Colorado Capitol Conference,” Valdez said. “I invite Diverse Fort Collins friends and community members to submit questions to ask our representatives in Congress. What’s top of mind for you?”

Submit your questions to DiverseFoCo@gmail.com or via social media on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

FoCo StartUp Week Highlights Diversity and Representation

If you missed the free sessions during Fort Collins Startup Week, here’s a glimpse of artist Gregg Deal’s Feb. 25 performance, “The Punk Pan-Indian Romantic Comedy.”

Deal told stories of growing up in a predominantly white Utah ski town, of his challenging relationship with his white father, and of finding his way as a Pyramid Lake Paiute artist. His style of memoir storytelling interspersed with punk music lyrics and song clips proved to be a powerful combination.

Check out the free exhibit of Deal’s art in the Duhesa Gallery, second floor of the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University.

The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind author visits Northern Colorado

William Kamkwamba, author of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind, visited Windsor High School on Feb. 22 for the Clearview Reads event.

Congratulations to Diverse Fort Collins volunteers Jamie and Tom on receiving two tickets to this event!

SOCIAL MEDIA

Diverse Fort Collins achieved a milestone: 300 followers on Facebook! Thanks to you all for liking our posts about local and national news and events.

These were some of our most popular social media posts over the past couple of weeks:

Stay safe out there, and have a great week!

Your friends at Diverse Fort Collins

Published by diversefortcollins1184

Born in 2019 in Fort Collins, Colorado. A volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other. All welcome. Let's co-create an inclusive community!

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