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The Institute is designed for educators (K-12 & higher ed), trainers, facilitators and activists. Past participants have included K-12 teachers, human resource managers, public safety staff, state employees, diversity trainers, non-profit staff, and college faculty from disciplines as diverse as sociology, math, nursing, English, and engineering.

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Individual Registration:

  • Pay before April 15: $850
  • After April 15: $1000

Group Registration (2 or more participants from the same organization):

  • Pay before April 15: $650
  • After April 15: $800

Registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch all three days, and Dinner/evening event on the first day. In addition, participants will receive a packet of required readings in advance, and additional resources will be provided at the institute.

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Participants are required to attend the full institute, all three days. Early departures are disruptive for the group and change the experience, so we ask all participants to respect this request.

Day 1: 8:30 am -7:00 pm
Day 2: 8:30 am- 5:00 pm
Day 3: 8:30 am- 3:00 pm


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While in Colorado Springs, plan to spend some time exploring our incredible surroundings. With Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak just a few miles away, this is the ideal spot to get away to. We are also one hour from Denver, and only a few hours from Sand Dunes National Monument, Rocky Mountain National Park, Vail, Aspen, and many mountain towns. A little further away you will find Pagosa Springs, Durango, Telluride, and Mesa Verde National Park. For more local attractions see our list.

Colorado Springs is easily accessible by air; participants may fly directly to Colorado Springs (COS), or to Denver International Airport (DIA), which is one hour away. The approximate cost of taking a taxicab from the Colorado Springs Airport to UCCS is $35.

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A special rate of is available for Knapsack Institute participants at The Hyatt Place, for the nights of May 24, 25, 26, and 27th, 2016. They will provide transportation to and from the UCCS campus where the institute meets. 

Hyatt Place
503 W. Garden of the Gods Rd, 
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Online booking:
The group code is G-KNP6
Phone reservations:
Individual call-in to 888 HYATT HP (888-492-8847) and reference the UCCS Knapsack Institute. 
Please note that rooms may sell out before that date. 
Reservation requests received after the cut-off date will be based on availability at the Hotel's prevailing rates and will be created to the Group's Guest Room Block. Guests needing reservations for days outside the group block must contact the hotel direct at 719-265-9385.
We also have dormatory rooms available for reservations on UCCS campus for participants looking for cheaper sleeping accommodations. For more information click here or contact Conference Services at 719-255-4445 or email

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Parking is free on campus during the dates of the 2016 Knapsack Institute! If you have any questions about parking on UCCS campus, please email

To view a campus map, click here.


Participants in The Knapsack Institute may earn 3 graduate credit hours from UCCS. The academic credit may be applied to the course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice. Click here for information on the academic course, "Curriculum Transformation," registration instructions, and details about the Certificate program. Additional course work is required for academic credit.

CEUs for educators are also available. Please contact Dr. Abby Ferber if you are interested in signing up for CEUs.