May 11-13, 2022

Join us for a two day retreat focused on building relationships and building an agenda for the collective voice and role of community colleges in enabling full participation–in the economy, in society, and in our democracy. Our current context is characterized by a world reeling from COVID impact, a global racial reckoning, the invasion of Ukraine, student disenrollment, and deepening economic and political divides. We come together to find energy and community and to shape a strategy for shared work. Specifically, we invite you to:

  • Rejuvenate and restore–make the most of the setting and space to connect in real life in a beautiful setting
  • Contribute to conversation about the unique role of community colleges committed to community-based teaching–challenges, and opportunities
  • Center inclusivity and the next generation of community college engagement leaders; invitation, incentive, and support
  • Shape an agenda for the Community Colleges for Democracy affinity network
  • Create a sense of community and relationships that will be sustained

Participants represent a variety of paths and perspectives; community college faculty, community and civic engagement professionals, administrators, and field leaders. 


Meeting Space

Red Rocks Community College Lakewood Campus
13300 West 6th Ave., Lakewood, CO 80228
Community Room


The nearest airport is Denver International Airport. There are several ways to get to the hotel from the airport:

  • Light Rail from Airport – A Line to Union Station, then from Union Station take W line to the Federal Station stop. From the stop you can walk 8 minutes or hire a ride (Lyft, Uber operate in the area) to the Sheraton Denver West hotel.
  • Lyft, Uber, Taxi – all available at Denver International Airport.
  • Shuttle Service – Golden West Airport Shuttle (Advance reservations required).


Sheraton Denver West
360 Union Blvd, Lakewood, CO 80228

Room block is available 5/11-13, 2022 for $149/night
Book by 4/13 at

​​​​​​​COVID Guidelines

COVID guidelines: Currently Red Rocks Community College strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to get fully vaccinated. Masking is optional. We will update these guidelines as/if necessary as the date nears.

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, 5/11

3:00 - 5:30

Hotel check-in

4:30 - 6:00

Welcome Reception

6:30 - 8:00

Dinner and retreat framing

Thursday, 5/12

8:30 - 9:30


9:30 - 12:00

Opening & session #1                

12:00 - 1:00


1:00 - 3:00

Session #2

3:00 - 4:15

Session #3

4:15 - 4:45

Networking Break

5:30 - 6:30


6:30 - 7:30

Evening activity

Friday, 5/13

8:00 - 8:45

Breakfast / check out from hotel

9:00 - 11:00

Session #1

11:00 - 1:30

Session #2 and Working Lunch   


Closing / Departure

Please note that this agenda is subject to change. Start and end times will remain the same, but a finalized agenda with specific details on conference sessions, activities, participants and venues will be forthcoming and sent to all registered attendees prior to the retreat.
Most session topics will be determined by participants using open space technology. Additional sessions will focus on topics identified for prioritization through group meetings this year, including: approach to equity; institutionalization and succession planning; K12/concurrent enrollment; and more. We will also create space for deeper dives into impactful efforts.

About our Host

We are grateful to Red Rocks Community College for providing us the space to recharge and plan in a beautiful and welcoming setting. 

Since 1969, Red Rocks Community College has assisted students in meeting ambitious career and educational goals in an exciting, collaborative environment with multiple pathways to success. The college delivers career-enhancing courses, certificate programs and degrees on its two campuses in Lakewood and Arvada.