Since its inception in 1969, CII has served thousands of students, helping them to persist, thrive, and graduate. Similar to many universities in the U.S., our intuition developed Educational Opportunity Programs (EOP) during the Civil Rights era as higher education opened its doors to members of underrepresented groups. The CU Denver EOP was established and played a vital role in the outreach and recruitment of underrepresented students.
In the summer of 2017, EOP changed its name to the Center for Identity & Inclusion (CII) to reflect the programs CII remains an integral part of CU Denver as the only unit whose programs focus explicitly on American Indian, Asian American, Black, and Latinx students. The proportion of undergraduate students of color at CU Denver has increased each year since 2005. Consequently, there is a heightened need for intentional, inclusive programming that optimizes the potential for ALL students to benefit from being members of a diverse student body.
A vital source for helping underrepresented
students to persist, thrive, and graduate.
A home away from home that facilitates
students' academic, personal, and social development.
A recognized leader in offering activities to
the campus community to enrich cultural awareness.
A valued partner with other units on campus
that provide services for student success.
A bridge that connects students to the campus,
external communities, and their future as alumni of the University of Colorado
CII recognizes that collaborations with faculty, staff, and
external partners are essential to strengthening and sustaining an inclusive
campus. By working together, we provide engagement opportunities for
historically underrepresented students and create a home away from home.
CII recognizes that striving for a more socially just society is
critical to the success and livelihood of our students. We enact social
justice as a process and a goal towards a vision for a society where people
from all social groups have equal access to resources and opportunities and
feel physically and psychologically safe and secure.
Learning & Scholarship
CII recognizes that some voices have historically been excluded
in the academy. We advance CU Denver's educational mission by providing
counter-narratives and raising awareness of untold stories to foster critical
thinking and reflection about issues that impact marginalized communities. CII
serves as an academic partner that values excellence in scholarship, in order
to retain and graduate underrepresented students at CU Denver while also
promoting lifelong learning.
CII recognizes that many of our students have developed
resilience because of the challenges they have and/or currently endure. CII
affirms, supports, and strengthens underrepresented students and their
processes of adaptation in the face of adversity, trauma, threat, and other
sources of stress. CII staff endeavors to model and embody resilience while teaching
students to be agents of social change.
CII recognizes the lack of diversity in key leadership roles in
higher education and other contexts in the United States. CII empowers student
leaders while encouraging them to challenge the ways society continues to
marginalize underrepresented populations. CII offers leadership programs
to prepare students to become change agents on campus, in society, and in their