Program Details:

Teachers of Color and their Allies (ToCA)

In 2004, CU Boulder's School of Education in collaboration with four partner school districts created the Teachers of Color and Allies Summit (TOCAS). This is an annual, one-day event that brings together practicing educators of color (teachers, administrators, staff developers, counselors) and teacher education students of Color and their allies to provide collegial support, opportunities for networking, mentoring, and sharing insights into best practices in education. The Summit also provides a venue where a “critical mass” of educators of color can meet with one another; a rare opportunity, especially for the school districts that are predominantly white.

Specifically, the objectives for TOCAS include:
a. learning about culturally relevant teaching pedagogy and practices
b. providing time for educators of color and allies to come together in one place to learn from and support each other
c. learning improved methods to connect with culturally diverse students
d. learning more about what teachers face in a society that can be blind to the ongoing issues of racism and other forms of intolerance
e. increasing cultural and ethnic awareness among all participants
f. building relationships among teacher education candidates of color and practicing educators of color in local school districts

In addition, from the beginning, a key feature of TOCAS has been the structured time provided in the afternoon for teams of educators from each participating district to meet together and plan how to take the insights and learnings from the Summit back to colleagues at the district level. Participants of color and allies have used the Summit as a catalyst to move inclusivity and equity programming in their districts forward as well as to build collaborative and professional learning communities that allow these important conversations to continue throughout the year.

This is a private program by request only, or for a specific audience or group. For more information, please visit the program website.


On Campus

  • University Memorial Center (UMC)

In Colorado

Program Partners

Supporting This Program

  • Adams 12 Five Star School District
  • Adams 50 Westminster School District
  • Aurora Public Schools
  • Boulder Valley School District
  • Brighton 27j School District
  • CU Denver
  • Cherry Creek Public Schools
  • Denver Public Schools
  • Regis University
  • St. Vrain Valley School District

Program Contact

Krishna Pattisapu
Director of Diversity Recruitment and Retention

Program Categories


  • Education (K-12)

Program Types:

  • Professional Development - Teacher


  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Teachers - Elementary School
  • Teachers - High School
  • Teachers - Middle School

We do our best to accurately represent CU Boulder’s outreach programs and services, but they are subject to change and may no longer be active in a community. Please contact the program directly for current information.