Tidings of Comfort and Joy from Diverse Fort Collins

Photo “Winter Gift Wrap #68” by CreateHER Stock

Season’s greetings, Diverse FoCo friends!

What an unprecedented year 2020 has been. Global pandemic; the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and many other unarmed Black people that inspired world-wide protests; the largest wildfires in Colorado recorded history, the most important presidential election of our lifetime…it all makes you want to hibernate for a year or two, doesn’t it?

Despite the challenges, so many community members made time to join us for various online events to increase their awareness and advance their racial justice education. We are grateful.

From book discussionsWhite Fragility by Robin DiAngelo, There There by Tommy Orange, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein — to the workshop “A Space to Process and Breathe for Black Folx” featuring Zhalisa Clarke of Luna Vibrations and coordinated by volunteer Mia Donley…

…from the panel discussion featuring live music, “Talking It Out: Being Black in America” and the webinar “COVID-19 Impacts on the Larimer County Justice System” featuring Judge Juan G. Villasenor — you were willing to be vulnerable, to listen, to ask questions, and to learn.

Co-Chairs Victoria Baumgart and Amanda Mansfield launched the DFC Action Committee, and volunteers created four subcommittees focusing on Environmental Justice, LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces, Policy & Legislation, and Voting.

What other events would you like to see in 2021? Email your ideas to DiverseFoCo@gmail.com. Stay tuned as the DFC Advisory Committee kicks off in January and decides on programming for the year.

We hope you’ll consider Diverse Fort Collins this holiday season so that we can continue providing lively programming that responds to the needs of our community. It’s easy to give. See details here.

A big thank you to our wonderful volunteers and community supporters who provided generous gifts. We couldn’t have done all this without you!

Apply Today to Serve on the Larimer County Planning Commission

We need more people of diverse backgrounds applying for boards and commissions.

The Larimer County Planning Commission has a vacancy. Read why here. The commission is responsible for adopting a long-range master plan for the physical development of the unincorporated territory of the county, and reviews and makes recommendations on zoning, rezoning, subdivisions and special reviews.

Read details and download the application here.

Author Teresa Funke spoke about children’s book V de la Victoria at the Dec. 13 Christmas event by G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice.

Children’s Book V de la Victoria Featured at “Christmas in Latin America” Event

Fort Collins author Teresa Funke spoke at the Dec 13 G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice event “Christmas in Latin America” to promote the Spanish edition of her children’s book V For Victory, V de la Victoria, based on a true story in the summer of 1943. Basado en una historia real en el verano de 1943.

Miguel Montoya se siente que lo han dejado a un lado.  Sus hermanos mayore están colaborando con los esfuerzos contra la guerra, pero lo único que a él se le permite hacer es llenar los entrepaños del negocio de la familia, y cuidar a su sobrino pequeño.  Todo cambia cuando él conoce a un veterano herido que necesita su ayuda, y el día en que su familia más lo necesita, es Miguel el que tiene que encontrar la manera para salvar a su sobrino.

Miguel Montoya feels left behind. His older siblings are doing their part for the war effort, but all he’s allowed to do is stock shelves in the family grocery store and watch his little nephew. All of that changes when he meets a wounded veteran who needs his help, and on the day his family needs him most, it is Miguel who must do his part to save his nephe, Victor.

Funke published a Spanish version of her popular book because she realized during author visits and book giveaways at local schools that Spanish-speaking students felt left out. Learn more at TeresaFunke.com

Support Local BIPOC-Owned Businesses

Looking for more holiday gift ideas? Check out the list of local BIPOC-owned businesses at DiverseFortCollins.com/businesses

Fort Collins Police Services Announces Plans for New Community Advisory Group

In October 2020, Fort Collins Police Services (FCPS) began a major strategic planning process to better align agency efforts with the needs of the community.

During this process, leaders identified the benefit of forming an external advisory group to help continuously improve communication, outreach, and service.

This volunteer group will collaborate with the agency to evaluate engagement and service delivery, with an emphasis on Communities of Color, LGBTQIA+ and historically underserved populations.

FCPS will share more information about the community advisory group formation and opportunities to get involved in early 2021. Read more here.

Join Diverse FoCo to Discuss Chapters 1-5 of Ijeoma Oluo’s Best-Selling Book

Mark your calendars and register today for the January 24 book discussion!

We offer and informal and friendly space to focus on the first five chapters of So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo.

National Book Review said, “Oluo gives us — both white people and people of color — that language to engage in clear, constructive, and confident dialogue with each other about how to deal with racial prejudices and biases.”

Old Firehouse Books offers a 20% discount off the paperback if you mention the DFC book group.

Free and pay-what-you-can tickets are available. Details and registration: DiverseFortCollins/events

KRFC Radio Highlights Office of Emergency Management Response to COVID-19

This Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. on Faith in Progress, KRFC 88.9 FM Radio Fort Collins:

Rabbi Hillel speaks with Shayle Sabo of the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management about her office’s responses to the Cameron Peak Fire, to the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the response to each of those affected the response to the other. 

This is part of a series of Faith in Progress programs focusing on how the Fort Collins and Larimer County communities have responded to the Cameron Peak Fire.

A slightly longer version of this interview will be available as a podcast later this week at www.KRFCFM.org.

Photo by Nappy.co “Beautiful photos of Black and Brown people, for free”

Heal The Healers Now

Healthcare Provider Wellness Program Through Transcendental Meditation

Heal The Healers Now is a new initiative to provide meditation to U.S. healthcare providers battling COVID-19 to reduce anxiety, boost resilience, and heal trauma.

For more information, visit Heal The Healers Now and David Lynch Foundation.

Gitanjali Rao spoke at G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice’s Women Empowering Women event
in March 2019 at Everyday Joe’s Coffeehouse in Fort Collins

Colorado Scientist Named TIME’s first Kid of the Year

Scientist and inventor Gitanjali Rao, 15, of Lone Tree, Colorado, has been named TIME’s first Kid of the Year.

It was just a year and a half ago that Rao spoke at a local Fort Collins event “Women Empowering Women: Leadership and Justice Forum” hosted by nonprofit G.L.O.B.A.L. Justice at Everyday Joe’s Coffeehouse.

She recalled not being taking seriously by companies she contacted to request lab space for her experiments; after reading about the Detroit water crisis, she invented a device that detects lead in drinking water. Rao also emphasized the importance of adults investing time in mentoring kids.

Read Angelina Jolie’s interview with Rao here. And check out her latest innovation, Kindly, an app that helps prevent cyberbullying.

I was always someone who wanted to put a smile on someone’s face…And it soon turned into, How can we bring positivity and community to the place we live? And then when I was in second or third grade, I started thinking about how can we use science and technology to create social change.

– Gitanjali Rao

Did You Know About These Other Sources of Local News?

Had your fill of mainstream media? Check out North Forty News/The New Scene Magazine, and The Colorado Sun for additional coverage of local communities.

Read essays about life during COVID-19 by local authors Laura Pritchett, Teresa Funke, Amy Rivers and Shelley Widhalm, among many others such as Aditi Ramaswami, Veena Raigaonkar, and Christi Romero-Roseth.

Check out other recent blog posts here:

We look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Your friends at Diverse Fort Collins
Amanda, Beth, Bridgett, David, Jamie, Karen, Katherine, Kimberly, Mara, Mia, Ricardo, Rita, Teresa, Victoria, Zahra

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Support Local Native American Families In Need This Christmas

Fort Collins-Based NCIPA Hosts Annual Christmas Drive for Local Families in Need

Open your heart and contribute to Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association’s 15th annual Christmas Drive benefiting local Native American families.

Choose from local families’ Needs and Wishes lists, or purchase gift cards. For more information and to give, visit NCIPA.

Shop Local and Colorado BIPOC-Owned Businesses This Holiday Season

If you’re buying gifts this holiday season, check out these local, Colorado, and national BIPOC-owned businesses.

One of our favorites is the unscented leave-in conditioner by Chubby Curls. Moisturizer-In- Chief Manushkka uses natural and toxin-free ingredients.

Join Us On January 24: So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo (Chapters 1-5)

If you enjoyed any of our book discussions earlier this year on White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism; There There; and The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, then you won’t want to miss our January 24 online meeting.

We’ll discuss the first five chapters of So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo in an informal and friendly Zoom space and breakout rooms facilitated by Beth, David, Karen, Mara, Ricardo, Teresa, and Victoria. Join us!

Free and Pay-What-You-Can tickets are available.

See Details and Registration on our Events page.

Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, home of the Laramie Foothills Bison Conversation Herd and the Lindenmeier Site.
Photo by Katherine Valdez/Diverse Fort Collins
The land around Rawhide Energy Station is home to two herds of American bison.
Photo by Katherine Valdez/Diverse Fort Collins

Did You Say “Happy Thanksgiving”?

As we learn the truth about the holiday, it becomes increasingly uncomfortable to say “Happy Thanksgiving.”

The following is what Diverse Fort Collins posted on Facebook on November 26. If you want to learn more, click on the links in the photo caption above.


May you enjoy time with your loved ones today! 🍁

Acknowledging that we live on the ancestral homelands of the Arapaho, Cheyenne, and Ute Nations and peoples.

Diverse FoCo recognize the Indigenous peoples as original stewards of this land.

The following is history and information for awareness and education, so we can do better for each other and all people. Especially now, during a global pandemic .

Native Americans in Larimer County – People of the Mountain and Plains

Colorado State University (CSU) Land Acknowledgment

Article: The trauma of Thanksgiving for Native communities during a pandemic: Novelist Tommy Orange on whether racial justice protests and Covid-19 disparities bring a new perspective to the holiday. By Rachel Ramirez/Vox

Article: 400 Years After First Thanksgiving, Native Americans Honor “Day of Mourning” Instead

The U.S. government broke every treaty it signed with Native America tribes. See Broken Treaty Quilts by Gina Adams.

November is Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is celebrated every November, but the learning can continue year-round.

Check out these resources to educate yourself about important issues.

Native American Cultural Center (NACC)
Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-wow Association (NCIPA)
Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS)
Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site
Opinion: 156 years later, we still have much to learn about the Sand Creek Massacre
Colorado Indigenous Peoples Day Organization
Article: Colorado just passed a bill to replace Columbus Day with Cabrini Day, the first paid state holiday in the U.S. recognizing a woman
Native American Rights Fund (NARF)
Article: Fighting for native rights: Ever resilient, Boulder-based NARF turns 50
National Museum of the American Indian
An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States for Young People

Diverse, Inclusive Crayons Are Now Available

Did you know Crayola collaborated with color experts to offer more diverse skin colors? Learn more about the Colors of the World crayons.

Volunteer with Diverse Fort Collins!

Diverse Fort Collins Advisory Committee will meet for the first time on January 13 to begin discussing 2021 events. This committee consists of community members from a variety of industries who will assist Founder & Executive Katherine Valdez with strategic planning and programming. Thank you to Co-Chairs Mia Donley, Teresa R. Funke, and Karen Wong-Brown!

DFC Action Committee held two kick-off meetings this autumn, and will meet again in January. Four subcommittees focus on Environmental Justice, LGBTQ+ Safe Spaces, Policy & Legislation, and Voting.

Want to get involved? Email Co-Chairs Victoria Baumgart and Amanda Mansfield at ActionDiverseFoCo@gmail.com. Thank you to Victoria, Amanda, and subcommittee chairs Zahra Al-Saloom, Rita Kissen, Jamie K. Moyer, and Brigett Neff!

We also seek volunteers to help with Community Voices guest columns, event coordination, social media, and website development. See the About page for details and email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com for more information.

Wishing you and your loved ones a merry, safe, and healthy holiday season!

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

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

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City of Fort Collins Seeks Community Comments on Racial Equity, Diversity, Inclusion

Equity Indicators Project: The City of Fort Collins seeks feedback from community members on what measures it should track in the equity/diversity/inclusion space.

Along with partner the CUNY Institute for State and Local Governance, the city is gathering community input to select equity indicators to track in a dashboard for increased accountability and resource alignment.

Community members can participate in a survey and/or a focus group. The SURVEY CLOSES November 1 and is available in four languages.

Focus groups are meeting this week and next week through October 29.

Check out OurCity for more information and access to the survey links.

This is a much-needed initiative to help advance equity and inclusion in Fort Collins.

Take the survey and volunteer for a focus group today!

DFC Launches Action Committee

Diverse Fort Collins launched its Action Committee recently, and about 50 volunteers formed four Subcommittees: (1) Voting (2) Policy & Legislation (3) Environmental Justice and (4) LGBTQIA+ Safe Spaces for people of all ages and ethnicities

Stay tuned for information on upcoming meetings and projects!

DiverseFoCo Receives Generous Gift from Local Boutique

Sunday Supply Co., a boutique in downtown Fort Collins, chose Diverse Fort Collins for its Sunday Giving program.

A portion of all September sales went to Diverse FoCo. Thanks to this generous gift, new events and programs are in the works. Stay tuned for updates.

Thank you, Sunday Supply Co.! We love seeing women of various ethnicities and identities modeling your clothing.

Diverse FoCo Book Group

Read the first five chapters of our latest book group selection, and join us on January 24!

January 24: Chapters 1-5
2:00-4:00 p.m. MT
So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo

FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here via EventBrite.

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books. Receive a 20% discount when you mention Diverse Fort Collins book group. Mention the discount in the notes when ordering online.

Read more details on our Events page. We look forward to seeing you on January 24!

Diverse FoCo In The News

Colorado Politics series “VOICES OF THE VOTERS: ACROSS THE DIVIDE | The Northern Colorado cities where no one party has a monopoly” (September 21)

Read more articles and interviews at DFC In The News.

Fort Collins Reads Presents Alice Hoffman in conversation with NPR’s Maureen Corrigan on November 1

“If you do not believe in evil, you are doomed to live in a world you will never understand.” – opening sentence of THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman

“[A] hymn to the power of resistance, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times… gravely beautiful… Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.” – The New York Times Book Review

Fort Collins Reads in partnership with KUNC presents a virtual event: Alice Hoffman in conversation with Maureen Corrigan, November 1 at 2 p.m.

20% off the paperback at Old Firehouse Books:

The first 150 people to purchase the book will receive a signed bookplate.

Photo by Element5 Digital at www.unsplash.com

Make a Plan and Vote!

Do you know where your nearest ballot drop box is?

Visit www.IWillVote.com or Go Vote Colorado for information and check out other resources on our Vote! page.

Diverse Fort Collins is 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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EVENTS: Sept 15 & Sept 28 Action Committee Info Meetings

Diverse Fort Collins (DFC) Action Committee invites you to attend one of two informational meetings at 7 to 9 pm on Tuesday, September 15 or 7 pm to 9 pm Monday, September 28 via Zoom.

Attendees will have the opportunity to share volunteer interests and what actions they want the committee to focus on.

DFC is dedicated to advocating for antiracism and racial equity, and offers a website to provide resources to the community related to antiracism, racial equity, diversity, and inclusion.

The purpose of the DFC Action Committee is to enable action around racial equity and work toward dismantling systemic racism in our Northern Colorado community.

We intend to partner with local anti-racist organizations and co-create inclusion with local partners.

The Action Committee also acknowledges intersectionality and aims to address multiple levels of social injustice in its work. (For a better understanding of intersectionality, see this Kimberly Crenshaw speech).

The September 15 info meeting has occurred.

The September 28 info meeting has occurred.

We look forward to seeing you at one of these meetings and working to promote racial justice!

Victoria Baumgart, Co-Lead, DFC Action Committee
Amanda Mansfield, Co-Lead, DFC Action Committee
Katherine Valdez, Founder & Executive Director, Diverse Fort Collins

Questions? Email DiverseFoCo@gmail.com

Photo by Gayatri Malhotra on Unsplash

Listen to Diverse FoCo on 88.9 FM KRFC Radio at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15!

Rabbi Hillel Katzir of KRFC Radio Fort Collins interviewed Katherine Valdez, Mia Donley and Victoria Baumgart of Diverse Fort Collins for the “Faith In Progress” public affairs program.

They discussed Diverse FoCo’s origins, purpose and goals; how the national landscape has changed since the murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor and many others, and the subsequent worldwide peaceful demonstrations in support of the #BlackLivesMatter movement; and upcoming opportunities to advance racial justice in Fort Collins.

(Register for the Sept. 15 or Sept. 28 Action Committee information meetings here.)

The interview will air at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15 on 88.9 FM (listen live here) and will be available as a podcast afterward. Watch the video.

Video Available of Sept. 3 Town Hall on Action & Allyship

Fort Collins Interfaith Council and World Wisdoms Project presented the fourth and final Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 9 – 11 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST).

The event began with a talk on allyship amd action, followed by seven-minute presentations by Diverse Fort Collins, Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow Wow Association, The BIPOC Alliance, Fort Collins International Center, The Family Center/La Familia, and New Eyes Village.

Founder Katherine Valdez represented Diverse FoCo.

Watch the video here.


We add new resources all the time!

On our News page, read about the 2021 City Manager’s Recommended City Budget, the call for volunteers to serve on the new Colorado Redistricting Commissions, and check out links to NPR’s Code Switch and other resources.

On our Resources page, read Lessons on Peaceful Protesting by My Black Colorado

On our Vote! page, see links to racial justice-focused candidates in the Nov. 3 general election.


Here’s one of our most popular social media posts:

“Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men.” by Melissa Block, NPR

And here’s a new post that summarizes the reasons for #BlackLivesMatter (Thanks to Denise for sharing this):

“The following is an EXCELLENT summary. Pass it on to those who you think are open, but don’t yet understand…

Don’t really get all the BLM stuff?

Hope this helps:

400 years ago white people enslaved black people.

And sold them.

And treated them as less than human.

For 250 years.

While white men built the country and created its laws and its systems of government.

While 10, 15 generations of white families got to grow and flourish and make choices that could make their lives better.

150 years ago white people “freed” black people from slavery.

But then angry white people created laws that made it impossible for them to vote.

Or to own land.

Or to have the same rights as white people. And even erected monuments glorifying people who actively had fought to keep them enslaved.

All while another 5, 10 generations of white families got to grow and accumulate wealth and gain land and get an education.

60 years ago we made it “legal” for black people to vote, and to be “free” from discrimination.

But angry white people still fought to keep schools segregated.

And closed off neighborhoods to white people only.*

And made it harder for black people to get bank loans*, or get quality education or health care, or to (gasp) marry a white person.

All while another two to three generations of white families got to grow and pass their wealth down to their children and their children’s children.

Present day:

And then we entered an age where we had the technology to make PUBLIC the things that were already happening in private– the beatings, the stop and frisk laws, the unequal distribution of justice, the police brutality (in the south, police began as slave patrols designed to catch runaway slaves).**

And only now, after 400+ years and 20+ generations of a white head start, are we STARTING to truly have a dialogue about what it means to be black.

White privilege doesn’t mean you haven’t suffered or fought or worked hard.

It doesn’t mean white people are responsible for the sins of our ancestors.

It doesn’t mean you can’t be proud of who you are.

It DOES mean that we need to acknowledge that the system our ancestors created is built FOR white people.

It DOES mean that Black people are treated at a disadvantage because of the color of their skin.

It DOES mean that we owe it to our neighbors– of all colors– to acknowledge that and work to make our world more equitable.

Because Black Lives Matter.

Understanding why we have to say this matters.

Your voice in this movement matters.

Recognizing privilege, power and history matters.

copied and pasted – PLEASE DO THE SAME”

* Learn more about redlining and other unconstitutional practices by joining our discussion of THE COLOR OF LAW: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. See details and register here.

**Read about how our modern police forces grew out of Night Patrols and Slave Patrols in So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo and register for our January/February/March discussions. See details and registration here.

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

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

EVENT: SEPT 3 Town Hall Featuring Diverse FoCo and Other BIPOC Groups

Hello, friends! We have a lot going on this month and next. Join us!

NEW EVENT! TOWN HALL ON THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 3 AT 9 A.M. MST [ Here’s the link to the video. ]

Fort Collins Interfaith Council and World Wisdoms Project present the fourth and final Town Hall on Thursday, Sept. 3 at 9 a.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) featuring local BIPOC (Black Indigenous and Other People of Color) organizations working toward racial equity and dismantling structural and institutional racism: Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow Wow Association, The BIPOC Alliance, Diverse Fort Collins, La Familia, and New Eyes Village.

Diverse Fort Collins founder Katherine Valdez has been invited to speak about the community project’s origin and mission, the launch of its new Advisory and Action committees, recent and upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and its positive impact on the community.

Join us! Free. Click here to register.


October 4 The Color of Law book discussion

January/February/MarchSo You Want To Talk About Race book discussion

Details and registration: click here.

Congratulations to Shawna and Julie who recently won drawings for our book club titles, The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein and There There by Tommy Orange.

Attend our book groups for a chance to win!


Colorado Politics reporter Michael Karlik wrote an article on Diverse FoCo’s Aug. 16 webinar “Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System” featuring Judge Juan G. Villasenor, Larimer County’s first Latino district court judge.

Read the article here.


You can now find Diverse Fort Collins on Meetup and EventBrite!

Search for Diverse Fort Collins events on these platforms.

Meetup is subsidizing memberships for community groups working to advance racial equity, antiracism and #BlackLivesMatter.

They are waiving the monthly membership fee for community groups like Diverse FoCo.

DiverseFoCo is now a member of Meetup’s Communities for Black Justice and Equity network!

Join our Meetup group by clicking here.

Check out Diverse Fort Collins Meetup Group on Meetup


We’re searching for volunteers to assist us with Event Coordination, Social Media, Website Development, Strategic Planning, and other projects.

Interested? Learn more by emailing your LinkedIn profile to DiverseFoCo@gmail.com with “Volunteer” in the subject line, and tell us which area interests you.

See more volunteer categories on the About page.

“Volunteer” photo by ray sangga kusuma on Unsplash


Would you like to start learning to speak Spanish or brush up on your Spanish skills from courses you took years ago?

Are you an intermediate or advanced Spanish speaker who would like to practice with a friendly group of community members twice a month?

Well, you’re in luck! Diverse FoCo is partnering with Spanish teacher Maureen (“Marina”) McCarthy to offer affordable, small-group language classes (no more than four students per class).

Classes meet on Mondays, and start at the beginning of every month. Whether you’re a beginning, intermediate or advanced student, Marina offers a class for you.

Online prices are $25/one student, $40/two students, $48/three students, $52/four students. Four is the maximum per class.

To supplement your studies, Marina also offers participation in a twice-per-month Spanish Conversation Opportunity via Zoom for intermediate and advanced speakers.

Intercambio is at 5:15 pm on first Wednesdays and third Tuesdays of every month.

A beginners group is starting soon. [Every other Wednesday at 5:15 p.m. starting October 14 via Zoom.]

We welcome native speakers to join to make this an Intercambio!

For more information and to register, contact MaureenMcCarthyCO@gmail.com or call (970) 980-1151

Photo by Omar Lopez on Unsplash.com


Here are a couple of our recent popular social media posts.

News from Teresa Funke & Company: V de la Victoria

“Adults and children are loving the Spanish edition of “V for Victory.”

“The story continues to inspire appreciation for the past and motivation to make the world a better place in the future.

“Get your copy for the Spanish readers and speakers in your life.”


Diverse Fort Collins has more than 500 followers on Facebook and nearly 600 website/blog followers. Thank you, friends!

Click here to watch the video “Bigger Love” by John Legend.

Diverse Fort Collins is a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

Let’s co-create an inclusive community!

See more posts at http://www.facebook.com/DiverseFortCollins and follow us on Instagram @DiverseFortCollins and Twitter @DiverseFoCo

Be among the first to see Diverse Fort Collins news and event announcements. Type your email in the Follow box at DiverseFortCollins.com or DiverseFoCo.com

NEW EVENT: Oct 4 THE COLOR OF LAW Book Discussion


October 4, 2:00-4:00 p.m. MT. The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein

The New York Times called it “a powerful and disturbing history of residential segregation in America.”

Join us for a lively discussion! Judge Juan G. Villaseñor will kick off the discussion with a 10-minute talk on his impressions of this best-selling book.

Come with your questions and we’ll tackle them together in small-group facilitated discussions. Prepare by reviewing the Reading Guide Discussion Questions.

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books (20% discount if you mention DFC book group)

FREE and Pay-What-You-Can tickets available. Register here using EventBrite.

Read about our January/February/March book discussions on So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo on the Events page.

GET INVOLVED! Diverse FoCo Advisory and Action Committees Launching Soon!

Watch for updates on volunteer opportunities on our About page and on the home page.

Details on upcoming informational meetings are coming soon. Stay tuned!


Fort Collins Mayor Signs Proclamation Committing to Racial Justice, Equity, Inclusion

“Mayor Troxell issues special proclamation of commitment to equity, inclusion and justice”

Colorado Independent Redistricting Commissions Accepting Applications

Colorado may gain a Congressional seat! Apply to serve on the independent commissions on redistricting.

From the website https://redistricting.colorado.gov/
“Colorado currently has seven seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The U.S. Census is conducted every ten years, and afterward the U.S. Congress reapportions the number of congressional seats each state has based on population.

“In 2018, the Colorado General Assembly referred Senate Concurrent Resolutions 18-004 and 18-005 to the voters as Amendments Y, which addressed Congressional Redistricting, and Amendment Z, which addressed Legislative Redistricting. Both passed with over 70% approval in the 2018 General Election…”

Information on Candidates in the November 3 General Election

The following are a few candidates whose core values include racial equity, inclusion, and antiracism.

Gordon McLaughlin for District Attorney
This is the first contested race for D.A. in 28 years.

Kristin Stephens for Larimer County Commissioner (District 2)

Jody Shadduck-McNally for Larimer County Commissioner (District 3)

Callie Rennison for CU Regent

Rep. Joe Neguse for Congress

John Hickenlooper for U.S. Senate

Biden / Harris: Joe Biden for President/Kamala Harris for Vice President

Learn About Our Climate Future

Do you want to co-create equitable solutions to achieve the community’s energy, zero waste, and climate goals? Read more here.


Check out our Businesses, Resources, Vote, and Give pages for new information.

Social Media

Here’s one of our most popular social media posts recently.

17 Books About Racial Inequality For Young People

EVENT: “Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System”

Diverse Fort Collins presents:

Judge Juan G. Villaseñor, Larimer County’s first Latino district court judge, will give a 30-minute presentation on “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Larimer County Justice System” on Sunday, Aug. 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. MDT followed by Q&A

This event will not be recorded. We hope you can join us!


FREE or pay-what-you-can tickets on EVENTBRITE

Your gift supports the programming of Diverse Fort Collins, a volunteer-driven community project connecting people with resources and each other.

NOTE: Zoom link will be sent via EventBrite to registered attendees.

Presenter Bio:

Judge Juan G. Villaseñor is a district judge in the Eighth Judicial District based in Fort Collins, CO.

Before his appointment to the bench, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Colorado and was a public board member on the Colorado Medical Board.

Read about his journey to the U.S. at http://www.DiverseFortCollins.com/juan-g-villasenor

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EVENT: July 26 Book Discussion of THERE THERE by Tommy Orange with 3 Native guest speakers

Diverse Fort Collins presents a book group discussion of Pulitzer Prize finalist THERE THERE by Tommy Orange on July 26, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. via Zoom

Buy the paperback from Old Firehouse Books.

Download the author’s free Reading Guide.

We’ll hear from three Native community members about their thoughts on the novel, and what we should keep in mind as we begin the discussion.

GREGG DEAL is a husband, father, member of the Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe, artist and activist. As a provocative contemporary artist-activist, much of Deal’s work centers around Indigenous identity and pop culture, touching on issues of race relations, historical consideration and stereotype.

His first major performance piece, “The Last American Indian On Earth,” covered in The Washington Post Magazine, gained him notoriety and ground as an up-and-coming artist. Earlier this year, the Colorado resident premiered his performance “The Punk Pan-Indian Romantic Comedy” at Fort Collins Startup/Artup Week. A powerful retrospective of his work, “Voice,” was recently exhibited at the Duhesa Gallery in Colorado State University’s Lory Student Center.

AMBER LANE is affiliated with Seneca Nation, Wolf Clan. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from University of Colorado, Boulder with a historical trauma and original language focus. She is an advocate with Herbal Gardens Wellness and a Plan Ambassador for City of Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future. She is a community advocate active in circles from all four directions trying to raise multicultural/national children in Fort Collins.

JAN IRON is Navajo and co-founder of Northern Colorado Intertribal Pow-Wow Association (NCIPA).


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“Powerful. . . . THERE THERE has so much jangling energy and brings so much news from a distinct corner of American life that it’s a revelation.” — The New York Times

Tommy Orange’s wondrous and shattering novel follows twelve characters from Native communities: all traveling to the Big Oakland Powwow, all connected to one another in ways they may not yet realize.

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EVENT: June 28 Panel “Talking It Out: Being Black In America” featuring Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, Anthony P. McGlaun

Saja Butler
Phil Donaldson
Anthony P. McGlaun

Here’s what people are saying about Diverse Fort Collins events

  • “The conversation was fantastic! I loved hearing folks’ views and perspectives.”
  • “I always leave these meetings feeling better about the human race.”

PANEL DISCUSSION WITH LIVE MUSIC “Talking It Out: Being Black In America”

Sunday, June 28, 2020
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. MDT
via Zoom


It’s time to listen.

Diverse Fort Collins invites you to a thought-provoking online panel discussion and Q&A featuring three Black community members – Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony McGlaun.

The program will also feature musical performances by Mr. McGlaun and Ms. Butler, and a brief history of Juneteenth by Mr. Donaldson.

This is a unique opportunity to hear what it’s like to be Black in Fort Collins – and in America – in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and many others, and the world-wide protests against police brutality and systemic racism.

This event will center the experiences of people of color (POC). If you do not identify as POC, we ask that you listen and observe only.

This event is also meant to be a safe space for POC. We may record it – and would announce this at the event – and will decide afterward whether to share the link only with those who have registered.


SAJA BUTLER is the owner of Urban Monk Studios, a music studio in Fort Collins specializing in Banjo, Guitar, Uke, and Voice lessons as well as Stage Performance and Ensemble Classes for adults. She is also a member of Lois and the Lantern, as well as a solo artist.

PHIL DONALDSON is vice president of marketing and creative at PropelGrowth, a business to business marketing consultancy serving the Financial Technology space. With more than 25 years of experience, Mr. Donaldson has helped companies with branding, content development, creative direction, and media production. He is also an accomplished composer and musician.

ANTHONY P. MCGLAUN is a classically trained tenor who specializes in the music of African American composers of Art Song. Mr. McGlaun is a voice teacher as well as social justice advocate.

Link to event recording (unlisted YouTube link)

  • About 130 registrations
  • About 80 attendees (multiple attendees shared computers)
  • Testimonials

“The ‘Talking It Out: Being Black in America’ event was so informative and inspiring. Saja Butler, Phil Donaldson, and Anthony P. McGlaun were perfect choices for the panel, so articulate, honest, and encouraging. This was an important and timely event. Thank you so much for hosting.” – Teresa

“That was a wonderful event. I’m so glad I could be part of it. Grew up in the Philadelphia area with Black friends and family, so this is near and dear to my heart. I’m grateful for Diverse Fort Collins and the opportunities they’re creating for meaningful interaction between the white population and people of color in our city.”
– Katharine


We’ve added more information to our Businesses page, including listings of Black-owned businesses in Fort Collins, and more info to our Resources page, including a section on “What can I do?”


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