Participant Information

Participant Information

A photo of a Knapsack Institute 2022 meeting room.


                                                                                                                                                                                        The Institute is designed for educators in the broadest sense. Past participants have included K-12 staff, human resource managers, business leaders, public safety staff, state employees, diversity trainers, non-profit staff, and college faculty from disciplines as diverse as sociology, math, nursing, English, and engineering.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       



Participants in The Knapsack Institute can receive contact/clock hours or CEU units for professional development. Dr. Ferber also offers a 3 credit graduate course through UCCS. The academic credit may be transferred, and also applied to the course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice. Click here for information on the academic course, "Inclusive Teaching," and registration instructions. Additional course work and fees are required for academic credit. Please contact Dr. Abby Ferber for more information. 

 A photograph of Knapsack Institute lead learners.



    We are sorry to share the unfortunate news that we have decided to cancel this summer's Knapsack Institute.  We hope that you will participate in 2025. If you have any questions please contact Abby Ferber at


    • Individual $850
    • Group (2+) $650 per participant


    • Individual $1000
    • Group (2+) $850 per participant  

    Discounts are available for groups of two or more registering from the same organization. 

    Participants will receive required readings in advance, and additional resources will be provided during the institute.

    We encourage individuals interested in the Knapsack Institute to seek out professional development grant funding in their area to help them with the costs of registration fees. You can also ask your organization or institution if there is funding to send more than one individual so you can receive group registration discounts!

    A limited number of scholarships are available to members of the UCCS community on a first come first serve basis. For more information, email

  • Options:  Contact us with any questions!

    Knapsack Institute certificate and documentation of contact hours:

    No charge

    Units for CEUs: Need a transcript?

    A Non-academic-credit transcript will indicate the contact hours and two units earned for CEUs. This is an additional $150 ($75 per unit). The unofficial transcript will be visible online; official transcripts may be ordered for a $10 fee. This option requires some additional work beyond the Institute itself. 

    Academic Graduate course credit:

    This three credit, graded academic course requires additional work, and registration for the course is an additional $510.00. Academic credits may be transferred to other Universities and can apply towards a graduate degree. For more information, please contact .


  • Participants are required to attend both days of the institute.
     Early departures are disruptive for the group and change the experience, 
    so we ask all participants to respect this request.
    The following are MST:
    Day 1: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Day 2: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
    Two follow up workshops will be held in the fall and spring. 
    The workshops are included and will be available to participants at no additional charge. 
    Time and date for the follow up workshops are to be announced at a later date.