An Open Letter to the CU Denver Community

Sep. 4, 2020

Dear CU Denver Community,

I am writing to alert you about a recent incident in which a student made an offensive statement during a class about the instructor teaching a CU Denver math course via Zoom. We are reaching out to the instructor, the student, and other students who have been impacted.  

This type of racist behavior has no place on our campus. It erodes who we are and what we stand for. In my listening tour, I have heard many demonstrate pride and speak directly to the CU Denver values of respect, dignity, and acceptance. We must reject hatred and use our levers of education, open dialogue, and resolve to create a more equitable and belonging climate at CU Denver. This event reinforces the fact, yet again, that we must work harder to eliminate racism in all forms.  

As I mentioned in my July 20th email to you, I am committed to leading us to a more just, inclusive community that embraces the power of diversity.   

I want to acknowledge and thank the students in the class for their courage in sharing the incident, which raises our awareness of these types of behaviors and enables us to address them quickly.

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Michelle Marks

Chancellor’s Office

CU Denver

Lawrence Street Center

1380 Lawrence Street

Suite 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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