In addition to offices and resources across the University (e.g., Provost faculty resources, Office of Teaching & Learning, the Faculty Senate), the Center for Multicultural Excellence offers a variety of services and programs to DU faculty, summarized in our employee services flyer (PDF) and detailed below:
diversity recruitment & retention | candidate connections | FOCA
course connections | consulting & workshops | research & curriculum/pedagogy development support
Recruitment & Retention
CME works with campus units, community organizations and national networks to expand the pool of candidates applying for faculty positions at DU, works with search committees in preparing them for recruiting diverse candidates, expands the pool of doctoral candidates who interested in applying for open tenure track faculty positions, is involved when candidates are interviewing on campus, works to retain staff, faculty and administrators once hired, and contributes to the national reputation of DU.
See our initial Faculty Hiring resources page.
During campus interviews for faculty positions, some historically underrepresented candidates ask to speak directly with individuals with whom they share a particular aspect(s) of social identity (i.e., international status, sexual orientation, gender, race/ethnicity). They are interested in hearing underrepresented tenure-track and tenured faculty members' experiences on our campus as well as in the broader community.
In response, CME compiles a list of such faculty who are willing to talk with candidates who visit our campus. If you’d like to include your name on the list, contact Dr Mixon Mitchell (above). In addition to your name, we also need to know what aspects of your social identifications/perspectives you feel comfortable speaking from. (For example, Dr Mixon MitchelI feels comfortable discussing her experiences from the perspective of an African American female.)
The information will be utilized by Dr Frank Tuitt, Dr Mixon Mitchell and other administrators at the Center for Multicultural Excellence for the purpose of connecting candidates with faculty when requested.
Feel free to contact Dr Mixon Mitchell (above) with questions or interest.
Faculty of Color Association (FOCA)
Through regular meetings, resource sharing and networking, FOCA provides support for and by faculty and instructors from racial/ethnic minorities communities in support of DU's Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan goals around compositional diversity, climate and public good engagement.
Contact Dr Mixon Mitchell (info above).
Consulting and Workshops
CME staff are available for consultation and training on issues of diversity that arise in or in relation to the classroom and/or department, including, but not limited to:
- curriculum enrichment (e.g. infusing diversity into curriculum)
- co-curricular learning opportunities (e.g. linking with local community-based organizations and on-campus activities)
- intergroup conflict and cooperation
- diversity resources and referrals
For some topics, we have ready-to-go workshops, as relevant; others can be developed. All will be customized to the specifics of your situation. We are also happy to consult, providing advice, resources and/or referrals. See the link above for additional information.
Each quarter, CME compiles a DEOs list (Diversity Engagement Opportunities), a regularly-updated list of beyond-the-classroom events, programs and opportunities that allow students to engage issues of identity and diversity, that instructors can incorporate into the syllabi or otherwise assign/offer.
Regular CME programs to consider connecting include our Voices of Discovery dialogues, Flick & Feed/Back movie discussions, Q&A Training and more.
Support for research & curriculum/pedagogy development
The new IRISE initiative is developing a process for faculty support funding (separate from our non-academic sponsorships). See the IRISE site for details.