About Us

Center Information

Founded in 2005 at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, the Matrix Center sponsors a wide range of extra-curricular programming, workshops, film series, visiting speakers, student scholarships, and community outreach programming, including K-12. Today, the Matrix Center has gained a national reputation as a leader in the study of privilege and oppression from an intersectional perspective.


Explore your intersections infographThe intersectional perspective examines how gender, race/ethnicity, and sexuality interact with each other and with other dimensions of privilege, oppression, and inequality.

At the Matrix Center, we operate on the premise that an inclusive and equitable community will improve life and benefit all citizen. Our work has been recognized by grant funding through the Gay and Lesbian Fund, the University of Colorado President's Diversity Award in 2008, and the Diversity Forum's Champion of Diversity and Inclusion "Daring to Dream" Award in 2010.

University & Community-Based Programs

Our programs are attended by educators, students, and activists from around the U.S. and internationally. National programs have included 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.

National Programs and Workshops

The Matrix Center's programs and services are led by a Community Advisory Board made up of a diverse group of leaders who work together to address the needs of the community. Collaborations have been formed with community organizations to present valuable events that support a climate of equity and inclusion within the Pikes Peak Region:

  • Annual White Privilege Lectureship
  • Rosa Parks, Cesar E. Chavez & Janice M. Gould Scholarships
  • History Colorado
  • Intersections Film Festival
  • Rocky Mountain Women's Film Festival
  • Women-to-Women Dialogue Series
  • Distinguished lectures and symposia
  • Local art exhibitions and performances


Building Relationships

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
  • Global Livingston Institute
  • 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