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CU Denver Strategic Priority 4:

Inclusive Culture


Strategic Priorities - Inclusive Culture
Create a more cohesive, collaborative and inclusive culture.

Driver:
Brenda J. Allen, Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion

Selected Initiatives 
(updated June 2018):​​
  • The Office of Diversity and Inclusion launched a Human Resources Council on Diversity and Equity in January 2017, to review and revise recruitment and hiring practices. The Council consists of a variety of HR personnel from across both campuses; it will review, revise, develop, and advocate for human resource practices and policies related to enhancing diversity and fostering a culture of inclusion.

  • In response to the CU Denver Faculty Assembly’s spring 2017 resolution for “A Renewed Commitment to Equity and Inclusion,” the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Faculty Development are collaborating to provide professional development on culturally responsive teaching and learning.

  • Campus Conversations serve as a forum for Chancellor Horrell and other senior leadership to solicit feedback and offer updates on university initiatives.

  • The fall 2016 Sexual Misconduct Survey spearheaded initiatives to combat interpersonal violence and educate the CU Denver community about sexual assault. The Office of Equity, formed in spring 2016, provides a variety of resources and training to stop, remedy, and prevent discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct.

  • The TRiO program was awarded a five-year, $1.1 million grant from the US Department of Education in fall 2017 to fund the Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program. The McNair Program will support low-income and minority students to pursue doctoral research, and also funds TRiO’s ongoing support services.

  • The Teaching in Tumultuous Times page, established in January 2017, offers faculty a set of resources for facilitating thoughtful dialogues and fostering inclusive learning environments.

  • To close equity gaps among historically underrepresented students in STEM, a $1 million inclusive excellence grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (awarded summer 2017) is being used to improve introductory biology instruction and curriculum through more active and culturally-responsive learning opportunities and research experiences. 

  • Chancellor Horrell sent a series of email communications to the campus community, beginning fall 2016, clarifying CU Denver’s position on and support for transgender, international, and undocumented students, faculty, and staff.

  • The Lola and Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center​, opening in 2018, will serve as a home away from home for CU Denver students, offering recreational facilities, fitness programming, study spaces, and community resources.

  • The campus community collaborated on a number of efforts in 2017-18 that underscore the value CU Denver places on inclusion and respect for all.
    • The “You Are Welcome Here” video demonstrates the university’s support for international students.
    • In the CU at the Table program, piloted Fall 2017, international students were invited to the homes of alumni, faculty and staff to share a meal.

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