Early Registration is Open!

Virtual sessions throughout the weeks of
November 3 to 19th, 2021
on decolonizing and shifting power in our social impact work.

The 2021 Posner Center Symposium will convene global and local development leaders, practitioners, researchers, academics, activists, policymakers, and supporters looking to focus on anti-racism in development work, diversify the global development field, and have a more equitable impact that begins to repair past and current injustices.

We will spend time collaborating and learning about ways we can disrupt deeply-rooted imperialist power structures and assumptions that are still embedded in our development work and re-imagine more just approaches for global impact.

Register here by August 31 to be eligible for raffle prizes

Program and Speakers
Here are some of the points of view from around the world speaking during the Symposium:
  • The Risk of Colonizing the Process of Decolonization in Global Development Work with Pushpa Iyer
  • The Dehumanizing Discourse of Resilience with Malaka Shwaikh
  • The Power of Human Connection: Foundations of Identity & Empathy with Syah B.
  • U.S. State Department’s History of Racism and How to Undo It with Christopher Richardson
Stay tuned here for more program details throughout the summer.
Our Commitment to Decolonizing Development

For both the places we live and the communities in which we work, decolonization to us means acknowledging and analyzing colonial history and its legacies in the global development field, our organizational policies and practices, and our individual mindsets and behaviors. The Posner Center is committed to convening discussions and supporting actions to further understand how we can decolonize our work for a more just and equitable approach to global impact.

Interested in speaking at this year’s Posner Symposium?

See our speaker information and application.

Interested in sponsoring this year’s Posner Symposium?
Questions? Please reach out to our Development and Communications Director.
Network, Learn and Share

We have a new way to collaborate this year – a virtual Exhibit Hall! Learn about the organizations attending the Symposium, find new partners, showcase opportunities for collaboration in your work, and share your stories and lessons learned with other Symposium participants. Virtual booths are free for registered Posner Center Tenants and Members, $50 for other nonprofit organizations, and $150 for the general public.  If you’d like to be an exhibitor, please submit this brief form bit.ly/2021PosnerExhibitor and register as an exhibitor here.

Tying it all Together

The Symposium is one of three core programs central to the Posner Center’s impact. Applications for the International Collaboration Fund (ICF), which funds collaborative programs in the Posner Center Community, will open shortly after the Symposium so that participants can apply the equity, justice, and decolonization tools and resources from the Symposium to their collaborative ICF grant proposals. Catalyst, our Report on Collaborative Global Development, will include contributions from Symposium attendees and others participating in the decolonization of global development work.

Making it Accessible

The Posner Center for International Development is committed to accessibility and inclusion for all people. We use Zoom’s Live Transcription feature during all virtual events. The Symposium will include a simultaneous interpretation from English to Spanish for Spanish-speaking participants. To request additional accommodations or for questions about accessibility, please contact or 720.382.7631.


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