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2019 BUILD Campus Forum for Staff

The initiative will offer a full-day Forum event for Boise State staff who work directly with students to support their success at Boise State University.

  • Wednesday, Aug 14, 8:45am – 4:30pm
  • Held downtown at the Residence Inn Marriott: 400 S. Capitol Blvd, Boise, Idaho 83702  

Applications for the BUILD Forum for Staff are now open. Apply here by March 27th!

What will happen at the BUILD Forum for Staff?

Participants will learn how adopting inclusive practices supports greater student engagement and retention.  This interactive workshop will be centered on how privilege is unconsciously centered in university policies (i.e., restrictions on student work, admissions criteria, housing, etc.) and practice (i.e., office hours, recognized holidays, etc.).  

Participants will:

  • Learn more about strategies to create more inclusive and equitable learning environments and experiences for students and members of the campus community;
  • Gain skill with meaningful dialogue around issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
  • Find ways to contribute to Boise State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

The BUILD Campus Forum for Staff will be facilitated by Dr. Sharon J. Washington, a national expert in supporting educational institutions to build community capacity to address issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.


Participants will:

  • be present and participate for the full day of the Forum event;
  • participate in at least one follow-up event during Fall 2019 or Spring 2020 (there will be many options to allow for flexible scheduling);
  • submit a reflection by May 15, 2020.


Participants will expand their knowledge of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion at Boise State and will have time to explore concrete ways they can contribute to a more inclusive community.  

After completing a reflection activity, participants will receive $150 in professional funds, which can be used for travel, professional development, books, etc.


The August Forum events will be small (~50 people), to allow for deep exploration of issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  For the August 2019 event, full-time staff who have yet to attend a forum and who work directly with Boise State students to support their success are eligible to apply.

Follow-up events to be held during the academic year will be open to everyone.

Participants are encouraged, but not required, to apply with another person from their department.

All participants are welcome, regardless of one’s level of knowledge about diversity, equity and inclusion.

Application and Timeline

Applications for the Forum are now open and close March 27th. Participants will be notified of acceptance by April 8, 2019. Apply here!


Participation in the Forum “counts” towards completion of the BUILD Certificate Program.  (equivalent of 2 learning opportunities)