Equity & Inclusive Excellence

A Model of Mutual Belonging

We're setting a standard for what happens when innovative thinkers aspire to create a more inclusive environment. Within our college, local community and on the global stage, we're working to maximize opportunities for all our students, faculty and staff while cultivating new relationships that will challenge us toward greater accountability and adaptability in our practices.


See our Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategic Plan

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Building Our Community

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Intentional Community

We see firsthand the educational, artistic and scholarly advantages of diversity. We also know there is important work to be done to infuse equity into everything we do. This is why actively working together to build community is a key part of our strategic plan.

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In the Classroom

The Critical Race and Ethnic Studies minor gives students the opportunity to examine social, political, historical and cultural processes from a multitude of perspectives. 

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Working Together

Everyone has an important role to play in creating the culture of the College, and we all benefit from the intentional leadership of the College's Staff Committee and Inclusive Excellence Committee. 

CAHSS Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee

The College’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Committee is developing, strengthening and implementing a long-term cultural shift to uphold diversity and equity as central to institutional excellence.

College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences Staff Committee

The College's Staff Committee works to enhance staff support, engagement and morale in an inclusive excellence work environment that promotes staff dialogue, visibility and participation. 

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“The better we understand how the various dimensions of diversity affect learning and teaching, the better we can help students draw on these assets. It is imperative that we, as a nation, work toward making excellence inclusive in all spheres of American life—and most fundamentally in education.”

Alma R. Clayton-Pedersen, CEO of Emeritus Consulting Group and former VP for Education and Institutional Renewal with AAC&U

An enduring commitment to inclusivity is fundamental to our Keystone Strategic Plan.

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Equity & Inclusive Excellence in Action

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DU Documentarian Explores Tree Inequity in Upcoming Film

Assistant Professor of Media, Film & Journalism Studies Joe Brown's in-progress documentary, "Treeless" (working title), examines tree inequity in Denver's neighborhoods.

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Alumni Build Music Education into Underfunded Schools

By creating her own branch of a New York-based nonprofit, Education Through Music, Mallory Bernstein (CRTG '12) realized she could help fill a need for high-quality music education in schools.

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Q&A: Engaging Diverse Voices in DU’s Asian Studies Program

We caught up with Hilary A. Smith, associate professor of history and chair of the Asian Studies Program, to learn more about how students in the program engage with cultural developments ranging from South Asian music and dance to Chinese economics and medicine.

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