Inclusive Self-Reported ID Initiative

DEI Self-Reported ID Initiative

Working to Reduce Invisibility on Campus



The Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is starting a multi-year initiative that will improve the quality and breadth of data students, faculty, and staff voluntarily self-report to the university to better serve the campus community. 

This effort is part of the 2030 Strategic Plan and the many projects identified to achieve our goals of becoming an equity-serving institution. Currently, our community doesn’t have many demographic options–only those required by federal law–to select from when providing information to the university. By giving you additional options, more data would be available to help inform decisions about services for our community. We hope the information can also help build a stronger sense of community, a place where we all belong, and where no one is invisible. The data can also help us compete for federal funding opportunities that we currently cannot access because we don’t have the data to support our requests.  

“Once our project is complete, faculty, staff, and students will have more options to voluntarily self-identify. We know from surveys and anecdotally that many members of our diverse community feel isolated or invisible. This initiative will help us build community. Let me emphasize this is completely voluntary." 

Antonio Farias, CU Denver Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Inclusive Self-Reported Demographics Initiative is a collaborative two-year project among CU Denver’s Office of Information Technology and the Office for DEI, the CU System (UIS and DEI), and our sister campuses at Boulder, Anschutz, and Colorado Springs. The CU Denver Office for DEI is collecting community input about what kind of additional categories of identity should be added to the variety of data systems on our campus. 

Below you will find resources that show our current state of our data systems and some initial recommendations from the CU System about how they could be changed. The survey provides an opportunity to submit your feedback and recommendations for improvement. 
Once feedback is collected, CU Denver’s OIT will review how current information is communicated and stored across our various data systems. They will then propose ways to incorporate the new data categories into these systems (CUSIS, HCM, Canvas, and Slate, among others), and ensure that the systems can talk to each other, and that information is protected against cyber-attacks. Those technical recommendations will then be sent to the CU System for consideration. Once decisions have been made at a system level, the information will be reported back to the CU Denver community. The goal is to ensure our data systems accurately reflect the diverse and varied identities of our campus community. 
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