Community Steering Committee (CSC) Members

Collaboration and input from the 10-person CSC is paramount to the work of the Empathy Lab. With this inaugural launch of the lab, we have selected the FY 2023 team of CSC members who are representative of the diversity of our state. More information is coming soon!

Want to be a part of the Community Steering Committee?

The current application period is closed for 2023. However, if you are interested in participating in the CSC, please check back for future membership opportunities.

CSC member requirements (10 total members)

  • A year-long commitment (estimated timeframe - September 2023 - September 2024)
  • Up to eight hours per month of dedicated CSC work, which can include but is not limited to:
    • Monthly strategy meetings
    • Developing user stories
    • Focus group participation
    • Participation in focus group feedback on specific websites, applications and services
    • Panel discussions
    • Advising on accessibility, equity and inclusion of new technologies
    • Open labs
    • Surveys
  • Access to WiFi and the ability to join virtual meetings using a device (e.g., cell phone, tablet, laptop, desktop computer)
  • Availability for meetings during working hours (working hours are defined as 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.) - plenty of notice will be given prior to scheduling meetings to ensure the majority of the CSC can attend


  • Recommend programs, guidelines and activities that promote accessible and equitable outcomes for the greater Colorado community;
  • Recommend programs, guidelines and activities designed to promote the full acceptance of all people in all aspects of community life, without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sex, sexual orientation, age, disability, immigration status, citizenship, color, ethnicity, or national origin, ancestry, socioeconomic status, income or other protected categories or personal characteristics; and
  • Recommend programs, guidelines and activities designed to reduce discrimination, increase cultural competency, improve intergroup relations, and promote civil and human rights for all; and
  • Identify, track and report on existing and emerging related issues stemming from complaints from residents and visitors concerning interactions with State of Colorado services, websites and applications
  • Share stories of personal experiences with OIT services to help inform a continuum of accessibility and equity maturity - stories help to build empathy within others

What you can expect from us

  • Compensation for your time
    • You will be paid $35/hour and if you cannot accept payment, please indicate that on your nomination form as another form of payment will be provided (e.g., gift cards)
  • Consistent, transparent and informed communication about your responsibilities and desired outcomes for the first year of the Empathy Lab
  • Actionable results based on CSC feedback
  • The development of an IDEA dashboard and inclusive toolkit
  • Provide guidance to inform IT strategic direction at the state and local level

What the CSC is not

  • Does not exercise any control over OIT’s daily operations
  • Is not a voting body
  • Does not advise on policy