The Symposium App is Live!

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.

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Program and Speakers

The Symposium program rolls out over the first three weeks of November. We’ve got sessions on history that will help you understand, think about, and set the context for decolonization. There will be sessions sharing personal, lived experiences to deepen understanding and strengthen connections. We’ll have case studies so you can hear about what other people are trying and doing and learning to change our underlying systems and the development sector itself. Some sessions will dive into a particular sector, region, system, or practice area and others will tie it all back together. You can join one or all or as many as you wish.

Program Topics and Schedule

The Symposium is bringing together diverse points of view from around the world to focus on shifting power, diversity, and decolonization in social impact and global development work. Our speakers are joining from 15 countries and 10 different states to share their experiences, ideas and lead a rich collage of discussions.

Dive in, get inspired, learn from each other, dig deeper.

See the global collaborators, change agents, and diverse perspectives you’ll find on this year’s Symposium program agenda:

Symposium Program Video

Learn about our speakers and explore their session topics, objectives, and formats to plan your full Symposium experience:

Speakers and Session Descriptions

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 and register as an exhibitor here.

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.

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, and a portion of the Symposium’s budget is reserved for accessibility needs. We use Zoom’s Live Transcription feature during all virtual events and ask that speakers follow our accessibility guidelines.  To request accommodations such as language interpretation or for questions about accessibility, please contact or 720-382-7631 or include your request when you register. Please request accommodations by October 18th, 2021.

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