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Renowned Educator and Sense of Belonging Speaker Curtis Hill Visits Campus

CMU students, faculty, staff and broader community continue to receive training on creating a culture of belonging

One of the first speakers to visit Colorado Mesa University this semester was acclaimed educator, administrator and respected speaker Curtis Hill.

Hill's visit was part of a training event for student-leaders on campus aimed at fostering a culture of belonging and  personal growth, and included an honest conversation about how to have difficult dialog with people with opposing views and diverse backgrounds.

“I drew from my vast experience and expertise, and my presentation was set to resonate deeply with those who prioritized inclusivity and equality within the academic environment, and I was proud that it aligned with CMU's core values,” said Hill. “During my visit, I engaged in a series of engaging discussions, workshops and interactions with key stakeholders across the campus community. From thought-provoking dialogues with faculty members to impactful sessions with students, the day was an enriching experience for all involved.”

Hill's journey from a life entrenched in violence and crime to becoming a beacon of hope and education was a story that inspired much of the campus community. Growing up in Chicago, Hill experienced a life of crime and hardships, thus becoming one of the city's most notorious gang members. During his visit to CMU, he focused on the effects of cultivating a culture of belonging, the power it holds and articulated the importance of resiliency.

He eventually went on to pursue education with an unmatched determination, earning both a Master of Arts in Teaching and an Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision. He channeled his passion and knowledge to positively impact the lives of students across the country.

In addition to Hill speaking with the CMU community, he also spoke one-on-one with CMU President John Marshall that was recoded in a podcast.


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The event promised to be a catalyst for meaningful conversations, inspiring the CMU community to consider their own purpose and engage more deeply with the CMU values and it’s culture of belonging.


Written by Kelsey Coleman