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Visiting Scholar

Linda Ware

Wednesday, Oct.26th 2011, 12:15-1:30pm SENG B216
“Abstinence Assumed—
Unspoken negotiations with sexuality and disability”
This lecture will invite students to consider issues that are common to discussions of sexuality in society as a whole, but rare among the population that is marked by disability.

All are welcome!

If accommodations are needed, please contact Disability Services 719-255-3354 V/TTY Email:

Wednesday, Oct.26th 4:30-6pm UC 309
“Unexplored Body Cartography:
Sexual Oppression Authored by the Professions”
This seminar will provide an institutional critique of how disability is constructed as a taboo topic.

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Circle Story #4

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“If Body” Cauda Equina

Dr. Ware’s work focuses on the intersectionality of disability, gender, race, ethnicity, and class within educational systems and examines how ideology and politics create oppressive structures for young people with disabilities


Sponsored by: The Faculty Affairs Minority Committee, the Department of Special Education, the UC Diversity and Inclusiveness grant, and the Matrix Center.

Images reproduced courtesy of Riva Lehrer(

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

Hosted by Colorado College
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Armstrong Hall


Based on the very successful conference model, we are offering our first ever one-day WPC experience that can respond to the increasing requests we receive from communities around the nation to bring the WPC to their home towns.

Like the WPC, the one day symposium will serve as an opportunity for attendees to examine and explore issues of white supremacy, white privilege, diversity, multicultural education, leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege/oppression. This conference fits in perfectly with many of the issues that you fight for every day. The symposium is not about "beating up on white folks." It provides participants the opportunity to get honest about the type of society in which we live, and the advantages that accrue to some but not to others. The conference offers a means to develop and sustain ongoing work to dismantle this system of white supremacy, white privilege and oppression. The symposium is meant to educate all of us about how some knowingly and innocently participate in a cycle of bigotry and oppression due to power, prejudice, and privilege. Your understanding and expertise about these issues would benefit participants tremendously.

Symposium Offerings
Up to 10 full day institutes and 20 workshops led by national and local lead learners.
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Lee Mun Wah
8:30am-10:00am – Welcome & Keynote by Lee Mun Wah
Colorado College – Armstrong Hall

– Full Day Institutes (overlap workshops)

10:15am-1:15pm – Workshop Session I
1:15-1:45pm – Lunch
2:00-5:00pm – Workshop Session II
5:00-6:00pm – Social Hour with Refreshments
6:00-8:00pm - “Freeland” by Ariel Luckey

Registration Cost
(includes lunch & evening refreshments)

Regular Registration- $75

High School Students - $30

UCCS and CC students – Free to the first 100 UCCS & CC students that register

Registration Scholarships made possible by Matrix Center and Colorado College Sponsorship

UCCS & CC Faculty/Staff/Alumni - $40

Registration discounts made possible by Matrix Center and Colorado College Sponsorship

Registration now open at or HERE
Event Lodging at Hyatt Place (3 miles from Colorado College/$87/night) – HERE


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By Ariel Luckey(download FreeLand flyer) -LINK COMING SOON!

Free Land is a dynamic hip hop theater solo show written and performed by Ariel Luckey, directed by Margo Hall and scored by Ryan Luckey. The show follows a young white man’s search for his roots as it takes him from the streets of Oakland to the prairies of Wyoming on an unforgettable journey into the heart of American history. During an interview with his grandfather he learns that their beloved family ranch was actually a Homestead, a free land grant from the government. Haunted by the past, he’s compelled to dig deeper into the history of the land, only to come face to face with the legacy of theft and genocide in the Wild Wild West. Caught between the romantic cowboy tales of his childhood and the devastating reality of what he learns, he grapples with the contradictions in his own life and the possibility for justice and reconciliation. Free Land weaves spoken word poetry, acting, dance and hip hop music into a compelling performance that challenges us to take an unflinching look at the truth buried in the land beneath our feet. Free Land is a National Performance Network Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by La Pe�a Cultural Center in partnership with the Matrix Center/White Privilege Conference, and the National Performance Network. Major contributors of the National Performance Network are Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nathan Cummings Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).

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Ariel Luckey is a nationally acclaimed poet, actor, and playwright whose community and performance work dances in the crossroads of education, art, and activism. Named a “Visionary” by the Utne Reader, Ariel seamlessly weaves storytelling, spoken word poetry, dance, acting, and hip hop music in compelling narratives of personal and political transformation. Born and raised in Oakland, California, he has been a featured artist at the North Bay Hip Hop Theater Festival, the Hecho en Califas Festival, Caf� Cantante in Havana, Cuba, the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City, the White Privilege Conference, and the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity. Ariel’s hip hop theater show, Free Land, and his first book of poetry and lyrics, Searching for White Folk Soul, have inspired and informed audiences at theaters, conferences, community centers, and classrooms across the country. Ariel sees his community work in the world as an extension of his most precious and important work as father to his two sons.


“I was moved to tears when my daughter and I saw Free Land and I have been raving about it ever since.
I am glad to have such a wonderful young performer understand the plight of the ancestors and to remember those that came before us on this land”. Corrina Gould Ohlone/Muwekma/Chochenyo, Founder of Indian People Organizing for Change

"Ariel Luckey is one of those rare souls who can combine a passionate commitment to social justice with first-rate artistic sensibilities, creating in the process an experience for his audiences that is beyond merely moving: it is transformative. He also provides a shining example for those of us who are white and male, by challenging us all to be better allies in the fight for equity and true freedom." Tim Wise Antiracist educator, Author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son

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Bag It

Our story follows Jeb Berrier, an average American guy who is admittedly not a “tree hugger,” who makes a pledge to stop using plastic bags. This simple action gets Jeb thinking about all kinds of plastic as he embarks on a global tour to unravel the complexities of our plastic world. When Jeb’s journey takes a personal twist, we see how our crazy-for-plastic world has finally caught up to us and what we can do about it. Today. Right now. (78 minutes) Hosted by:
The Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, Office of Sustainability, Women’s and Ethnic Studies and The Film Studies Program
Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival, November 5 – 7, 2010
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“Women’s Experiences: Surviving and Thriving”

Topics that are of interest for breakout sessions include: self-sufficiency, coping skills, advancing education, healthcare, successful aging, using technology, military families, employment, philanthropy and volunteer work. We are looking for topics that appeal to many women, case stories and empowerment. Our goal is to engage a diverse audience of women across race/ethnicity, generations, etc.

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An exciting UCCS project is coming to the Springs in October 2009. It is the inaugural Intersections Film Festival (IFF) featuring films from Turkey, Iran, the Arab Middle East and North Africa.

For more information and dates download the flyer

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Applying Privilege Theory to Create
Sustainable Policy: Success and Failure at the
Air Force Academy

A presentation by Dr. Steven Samuels
Scholar in Residence, UCCS Matrix Center &
Dena R. Samuels M.A., Senior Consultant,
Diversity Services, UCCS Matrix Center

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 5:00pm
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
University Center Room 116

When attempting to create policy to instill cultural change, leadership often forgets that they only have one perspective: that of dominance. Without understanding the needs of disadvantaged organizational members, successes may be incidental and short-term gains may be derailed. We propose that if leadership incorporates the concept of privilege as a lens to focus their policy changes, results will be more aligned with their intentions, more successful, and more sustainable. Attempted changes at the Air Force Academy's after the sexual assault scandal of 2003 is used as a primary example.

Fall 2009 Inaugural Visiting Fellow, Dr. Steven Samuels, of the Air Force Academy, will be in residence at the Matrix Center
Steven M. Samuels, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Leadership at the U.S. Air Force Academy, teaching psychological theory and application in a variety of courses. He was one of the original 12 civilians to integrate USAFA in 1993 and has been active publishing and working internally on issues of inclusion and pedagogy. As a fellow at The Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics at the U.S. Naval Academy in 2001-02, he focused on ethical behavior, investigating the problem of individual ethical accountability in a situationist world. He works on leadership modeling, experiential leadership, and communication issues, having consulted for United Technologies in the area of interaction across organizational hierarchies and power differences. He has also investigated the effects of leadership efficacy in other areas such as freefall parachuting (where he is the only civilian to have earned jump wings at USAFA) and combat physical education classes. Steve served as a member of a hybrid military/academic team training Citadel cadets on issues of gender and racial integration in a military/academic environment. He has been invited to serve as an Honorary Visiting Scholar at the University of Colorado—Colorado Springs’ Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion where he will be continuing his research on diversity and social justice. Steve received his B.A. from Brandeis University, majoring in both psychology and philosophy, and his Ph.D. in social psychology from Stanford University, with a focus at the business school.

Dena Samuels is a sociologist specializing in race, gender, sexuality, and social justice curriculum development. She is a Senior Instructor in Women’s and Ethnic Studies at UCCS, and received the university’s Outstanding Instructor Award. In addition to co-directing the Knapsack Institute, she is a Senior Consultant for UCCS’ Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion, and provides seminars and consultation to campuses and organizations around the country on the processes of integrating diversity and building inclusiveness. Samuels created curriculum for and coordinated the Building Inclusiveness program on campus which provides diversity workshops for administration, faculty, staff, and students. Among her many publications on the pedagogy of social justice, she co-edited the anthology, The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and authored Teaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality, a teaching guide that accompanies this volume. She is currently working on her doctorate in Educational Leadership, Research, and Policy.