DSS 2014-2015

Olympic Swimmer: Amanda Beard
Thursday, August 28, 2014
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

At 14 in 1996, Amanda Beard made her first Olympic swimming debut, winning one Gold and two Silver medals, which set the tone for the rest of her career.
She went on to win another Gold medal, two Silvers and a Bronze at the next two Olympic Games. Beard also holds an impressive eight national titles and is a former world record holder. When she isn’t swimming, her energy is focused on being a mom to son Blaise and building her brand. She connects with mothers and fans through her blog, Swim Like a Mom, where she actively shares her passion for raising her son, the journey of motherhood, favorite recipes, secrets to staying in great shape, in addition to her Olympic experience.
In April 2012, Beard released her first book, New York Times Best Seller In The Water They Can’t See You Cry, a riveting memoir revealing the truth behind the Olympic spotlight, the battles that she fought along the way and her new found happiness in love and motherhood. Beard recently participated in the 2012 Olympic Trials in July 2012. Although she missed qualifying for what would have been her fifth Olympic Games, she plans to continue blogging, supporting her skincare product line and current sponsors, growing her family and training for the 2016 Olympic Games.​


Dr. Juan Andrade
​Tuesday, September 9, 2014
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Recognized four times as one of the 100 Most Influential Hispanics in America, Dr. Juan Andrade, is the most decorated Latino leader in the nation. In 2001 he received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Bill Clinton and in 2011 he received the National Ohtli Award, the highest honor presented by the people and government of Mexico for distinguished service to the Mexican and Mexican-American community in the United States.
Andrade holds five honorary doctorates in addition to his degrees, which include an MEd from Antioch College, an EdS and EdD from Northern Illinois University, and a post-doctorate MA from Loyola University Chicago. He was inducted into the “Society of Life Models” by OMNI Youth Services for the impact of his work on high school and college students. In 2011 he also received the Medallion for Leadership from the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the highest honor in the nation presented by Hispanics to a Hispanic.
He is currently the President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute and has registered 2.2 million voters, published 425 studies on Latino demographics, trained over 500,000 present/future leaders, awarded $1.3 million in scholarships, and sponsors the largest Latino leadership conference in the nation.

Cirque Zuma Zuma
​Tuesday, September 30, 2014
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall

Audiences and critics agree – Cirque Zuma Zuma is unlike anything they have ever seen before. Many describe it as an African-style Cirque du Soleil; such is the standard of the performers and the quality of the show’s live musical score.
Cirque Zuma Zuma packs every show with non-stop action and incredible features which keep audiences on the edges of their seats.
The show includes performances of all different types of African culture, including:
•  South African female vocalist
•  Limbo dance – How low can you go?!
•  Female dancers from Africa
•  South African gumboot dancers
•  Amazing pole acts
•  Zuma Zuma Acrobats
•  Chairs handstand balance from Tanzania
•  Comedy
•  Gabonese tumblers
•  Contortionists from Ethiopia
                                                                                       •  The Africa Lion dance
                                                                                       •  Zimbabwe Percussionists
                                                                                       •  Club juggling
                                                                                       •  Ethiopian foot table juggling


Su Teatro
​Wednesday, November 19, 2014
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall

Su Teatro began in 1971 as a student-organized theater group at the University of Colorado at Denver. In 1989, Su Teatro purchased the old Elyria School in Northeast Denver and became El Centro Su Teatro, a multidisciplinary cultural arts center.
Twenty-one years later in September, 2010 Su Teatro purchased The Denver Civic Theater.
Over 40 years, Su Teatro has established a national reputation for homegrown productions that speak to the history and experience of Chicanos. Su Teatro has created more than 15 original full length productions that have toured widely to venues such as New York’s Public Theater, The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Antonio, TX and Plaza de la Raza, Los Angeles, CA.
The artistic excellence of the programs and our relevance to the field has been recognized nationally through funding from The Shubert Foundation, Theatre Communications Group, the National Performance Network, The National Endowment for the Arts, the Kresge Foundation, and the American Composers Forum.​


Lt. Dan Choi
​Monday, December 1, 2014
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

Lt. Dan Choi, a West Point graduate and Iraq veteran, announced that he was gay on ‘The Rachel Maddow Show’ on March 19, 2009. Because of three words – “I am gay”– Choi’s life changed forever. Despite his extreme value as an Arabic speaker able to communicate quickly and clearly with the Iraqi people, one month after his announcement, Choi was notified that the Army had begun discharge proceedings against him.
After protests, petitions, and hard work, . Choi fought for the eventual repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ Arrested repeatedly in front of the White House during a time when President Barack Obama was unwilling to provide leadership on gay rights legislation, or take presidential action to halt discharges, a small group of protesters continued their activism despite criticism from within the LGBT community. Lt. Choi always pled “not guilty” at trial, often representing himself in court.
Choi continues to advocate for full LGBT civil rights and veteran’s health. He has appeared frequently on national and international news programs, and serves on the boards of Marriage Equality USA and the American Foundation for Equal Rights. He is a graduate of the US Army Scout Leaders Course, Air Assault School, and Parachutist School.​


Coach Ken Carter
​Tuesday, January 20, 2015
7 p.m., OUC Ballroom

When famed high school basketball coach Ken Carter literally locked his undefeated, state playoff
bound team out of the gym and forced them to hit the books, he sent a powerful message. The film,Coach Carter, based on the lock-out and starring Samuel L. Jackson as the Coach, is just one more testimony to the strength of his convictions. A successful businessman when he accepted the head basketball coach position at Richmond High School (Richmond, CA) in 1997, Carter had a monumental task at hand. Within two years, he had single-handedly turned around the school, physically cleaning up (trash, graffiti, drug dealers), and also mentally cleaning house. Most importantly, these inner city students returned not just to the court, but to a new standard of winning, one which transcended the hoop dreams of high school, to college educations and futures they might never have imagined for themselves.
In addition to coaching SlamBall’s champion team, The Rumble, Carter is owner/operator of Prime Time Publishing, Prime Time Sports, and is an author. He is also founder and chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a non-profit organization which develops, promotes and
provides education, training and mentoring programs for minority youths. In 2002, he was selected to carry the Olympic torch for the San Francisco Bay Area/Richmond California.


Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Troupe
​Thursday, February 19, 2015
7 p.m., Hoag Recital Hall

Cleo Parker Robinson is founder, executive artistic director and choreographer of the Denver-based artistic institution, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance. She leads a professional dance Ensemble, Youth Ensemble, a School of Dance, an International Summer Dance Institute, a 300 seat theatre that bears her name, and a myriad of community outreach programs. A master teacher/choreographer, and cultural ambassador she has taught and performed with her Ensemble in such diverse places as Iceland, Singapore, Hawaii, Nassau, Belize, Israel, Egypt, Turkey, throughout Europe, and throughout the African continent. In 1998, President Clinton named her as one of two artists to be appointed to the National Council on the Arts where she served until 2005. In 2005, she received a Kennedy Center Medal of Honor during the Center’s “Masters of African American Choreographers” series. Also in 2005, she received the King M. Trimble Community Award for service to the Denver community.
Most recently, she was awarded the 2009 NEWSED Civil Rights Award, and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award from the Urban League of Metropolitan Denver (2010).​