Knapsack Institute

Participant Information and Rates


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.

The Knapsack Institute offers an interactive experience


Individual Registration:

  • Pay before May 8: $850
  • After May 8: $1000

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

  • Pay before May 8: $650
  • After May 8: $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.

We encourage individuals interested in the Knapsack Institute to seek out professional development grant funding in their area to help them with the costs of registration fees. You can also ask your organization or institution if there is funding to send more than one individual so you can receive group registration discounts!

Specialized workshops address current topics in diversity and inclusiveness.


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

Participants learn together in an accepting and respectful environment with established ground rules.


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.


The 2017 KI will be taking place at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center near downtown Colorado Springs. We negotiated special discounted rates for our participants at the hotel for $94+tax or at the Quality Suites next door for $104+tax. 

To guarantee these rates, please call the Clarion Hotel at (719)471-8680 and let her know you are associated with the Matrix group and would like to reserve a room. You must reserve your room by May 19th to lock in this rate.   

If you choose to book a room elsewhere in Colorado Springs, you will be responsible for your own transportation to and from the Knapsack Institute each day.

Participate & Earn Academic Credit or CEU's

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, "Inclusive Teaching," 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.