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In 2005, a consortium of faculty at the University of Colorado - Colorado Springs transformed the Center for Women's Studies into the Matrix Center, a leading national resource for the study of privilege and oppression from an intersectional perspective.
The purpose of The Matrix Center is to examine the intersections of gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality as they interact with each other and with other dimensions of privilege, oppression, and inequality. We operate on the premise that an inclusive and equitable community will improve life and benefit all citizens.


2010 Diversity Forum Champion
of Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner
"Daring to Dream"

2010 Gay & Lesbian Fund 
for Colorado Grantee

Gay And Lesbian Fund
National Programs and Workshops

The Matrix Center has gained a national reputation as a leader in the field of intersectional studies and our programs are attended by educators, students, and activists from around the U.S. and internationally. National programs have include the annual White Privilege Conference and Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning. In addition we offer workshops facilitated by national experts, authors, and educators involved in shaping the national discourse around diversity, and contributing to the development of best practices.

University & Community-Based Programs
The Matrix Center’s programs and services are led by a Community Advisory Board: a diverse group of leaders who work together to address the needs of the community. Collaborations have been formed with community organizations to annually present valuable events benefiting the Pikes Peak Region.

They include:
• Annual White Privilege Lectureship
• César Chavez and Rosa Parks Scholarship Competition

  • History Colorado

• Intersections Film Festival
• Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
• Symposia & Lectures

  • Within Our Lifetime

• Woman-to-Woman Dialogue Series

Organizations We’ve Built Relationships With

The Center has built and fostered working relationships with many organizations, both local and national, whose work is consistent with our mission:
• American Association of University Women
• Anti-Defamation League
• Citizen’s Project
• Colorado College
• Colorado Springs Diversity Forum
• Colorado Unity
• Everyday Democracy
• Facing History & Ourselves
• Inside Out Youth Services
• Gill Foundation

• Greenberg Center for Learning & Tolerance
• NAACP – Colorado Springs Branch
• Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival
• Smart-Girl
• The University of Denver
• The Gay & Lesbian Fund for Colorado
• The Women's Resource Agency

• United to End Racism
• United States Air Force Academy