Black History Month Events, Plus Listening Sessions on City’s New Equity and Inclusion Office

Photo “Toast To Us” by Neo Latrica compliments of
in celebration of Black History Month and national love month.

Good afternoon, Diverse FoCo friends!

We have lots of exciting news to share about upcoming events this week and next.

Black History Month at CSU features national speaker on race and disability

Colorado State University’s Black/African American Cultural Center and campus partners are hosting a variety of events in February for Black History Month, including a Feb. 17 keynote presentation on race and disability from a nationally recognized speaker. Read more.

Photo by Glodi Miessi on Unsplash

The month-long festivities include more than a dozen events and activities designed to educate, enlighten and celebrate Black culture at CSU. More information and Zoom access on all events is available at

Want to Explore the Places in the Black History of Fort Collins? Try this virtual tour of sites that tell the story of Black/African American residents.

From our friends at the Cultural Enrichment Center of Fort Collins, see a list of lectures this month on the Facebook page and Facebook event.

City to Host Listening Sessions to Inform New Equity & Inclusion Office

The City of Fort Collins will host two online listening sessions to help inform the creation of a new Equity & Inclusion Office, Feb. 10 and 16 in Spanish and Feb. 12 in English.

This office will be housed in the City Manager’s Office and the leader will be a member of the City’s executive team, in order to provide a consistent approach to diversity, equity and inclusion across all City operations and community initiatives. Read more.

Poet Amanda Gorman to Recite Poem at Superbowl LV Today

Youth Poet Laureate Amanda Gorman, one of the highlights of the inauguration of President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. and Vice President Kamala Devi Harris, will recite a poem at today’s Super Bowl.

From National Public Radio: Gorman, the country’s first National Youth Poet Laureate, dazzled viewers with her recitation of her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Biden’s inauguration this month, and the video of her performance has gone viral. She will be reciting at the Super Bowl pre-show on Feb. 7, before the Kansas City Chiefs play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Read more.

Pre-order Amanda Gorman’s books from Old Firehouse Books.


Thanks again to the 40 community members who attended our January 24 discussion of So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo!

Based on post-event survey responses, which were overwhelmingly positive about the honest conversations we had in small breakout rooms, we will focus upcoming conversations on Fort Collins-area issues as they relate to the book’s content.

While it’s interesting to hear the perspectives of new friends in other states and countries, Diverse Fort Collins exists to serve local residents in Fort Collins and surrounding communities.

We hope to see you at the second meeting in this series on February 28 when our conversation will focus on Chapters 6-11 and Discussion Questions 3-4.

FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here via EventBrite. Free tickets will sell out so be sure to register TODAY!

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books and receive a 20% discount when you mention Diverse Fort Collins book group. Include a note when ordering online.

Download the free Reading Guide and Discussion Questions or find them at the end of the book.

Chapter Six: Is police brutality really about race?
Chapter Seven: How can I talk about affirmative action?
Chapter Eight: What is the school-to-prison pipeline?
Chapter Nine: Why can’t I say the “N” word?
Chapter Ten: What is cultural appropriation?
Chapter Eleven: Why can’t I touch your hair?


“After decades without standalone Fort Collins comedy club, The Comedy Fort opening nears”

By Erin Udell/The Coloradoan

The stage is set — and the tables appropriately spaced — for the debut of Fort Collins’ first standalone comedy club in 30 years.

The Comedy Fort is set to open Feb. 12, taking over former Old Town music venue Hodi’s Half Note and fulfilling a yearslong dream for local comedian and comedy show producer David Rodriguez. Read more.

Local Resources Added to DFC Website

We add new links to our Resources page often:

Check out Red Cloud Renewable, a 501c3 nonprofit organization that is managed by, and primarly staffed by Native Americans from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.

Their goals is to help Native Americans and their communities return to sustainability through renewable energy training and projects, alternative building approaches and educating their people about how to grow and preserve nutritious and traditional Lakota foods.

Check out the Online Restaurant Academy based in Fort Collins, offering “a FREE online mini course designed to level up your restaurant business through proven planning and processing tools. It’s time to work smarter, not harder and enjoy that #restaurantlife you’ve always dreamed of.”

Resources for local businesses include For Fort Collins and NoCo Recovers.

See more on our Local Resources page.

Know of a local resource we should add to our A to Z list? Email with “Resources” in the subject line.

Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project advocating for antiracism and racial equity. We connect people with resources and each other.

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Born in 2019 in Fort Collins, Colorado. A volunteer-driven community project advocating for antiracism and racial equity. We connect people with resources and each other. Let's co-create an inclusive community!

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