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Date(s) - March 23, 2023 - March 25, 2023
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


The Department of Ethnic Studies is excited to share the launch of CollabLab, a collaborative research project with keen attention to the intersection of race, gender, and sexuality that informs a sense of belonging in varied political, cultural, social, economic, and historical contexts. On Thursday, March 23, from 1 – 3 pm, we will be celebrating this exciting new venture with light refreshments, entertainment, and our featured speaker, Dr. Eric Ishiwata. The event will be held in the Design Exchange in the Nancy Richardson Design Center.

The Ethnic Studies CollabLab represents a vision of solidarity and accountability among Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) and Two-Spirit, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer + (2SLGBTQ+) communities. Inspired by Black and transnational feminists, Black queer theory, and Caribbean feminist, queer, trans and sexuality scholarship, it aims to foster an environment that is attentive to the issues affecting varied lives and communities that is refracted through shared experiences and differences.

Audre Lorde reminds us that “in our work and in our living, we must recognize that difference is a reason for celebration and growth, rather than a reason for destruction” (2004), and it is in this spirit that we tap into scholarly, creative, artistic, and community-based research practices to offer innovative approaches and solutions to issues affecting us.

Inspired by similar work being done at other research labs around the world, this lab is committed to:

  • Providing a collaborative and creative space for scholars, students, artists, and social justice leaders to work on innovative projects with the vital support and infrastructure needed to undertake them.
  • Welcoming scholars, artists, and 2SLGBTQ+ social justice leaders from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, and surrounding communities.
  • Creating a space for community-engaged learning through talks, workshops, symposia, performances, and exhibitions.
  • Creating new research and study networks for students and faculty to strategize on new approaches to research and collaborations that will improve the lives of people in their or our community.
  • Creating public-facing, accessible materials to reflect the on-going research collaborations as they take place at the hub.