NOTE: Our area is undergoing a re-organization and expansion through the 2016-17 school year.
As part of larger changes to Inclusive Excellence work at DU (PDF overview), Inclusion & Equity Education (IEE) has separated from the Center for Multicultural Excellence; and are now our own program area within the larger Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence (nee Student Life) division.
Our program focus is now on improving student-impact around IE, offering services to students directly, and to organizations and staff/offices that work with them. Our offices have moved to 216 Driscoll North; but web, email and phone contacts have not changed. New branding, online presence (eg, www.du.edu/studentlife/ie-education), and updated programs and services are coming, building on the offerings below. Stay tuned for news of this ongoing administrative and online shift!
In the meanwhile, please note the following new/changes to IE support based on campus affiliation:
- hiring and success support, and academic initiatives, via ODI (Office of Diversity and Inclusion)
- inclusive learning support via OTL (Office of Teaching and Learning) , in particular the new Ast Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices, Dr Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave
- hiring and success support, via EO (Equal Opportunity) , in particular the new Asc Director, Rufina Hernández
- professional development and training, via Human Resources People Development
- general student support is provided by all offices in Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence, as well by the Office of Graduate Studies (for grad students), and individual schools and departments for their majors
- undergraduate student support is available from CME's Undergrad Success team in the Driscoll Underground
graduate student support is available from CME's new Grad Success team, based in Driscoll North top floor
Inclusion & Equity Education
Having a demographically diverse campus community is educationally important (cf. Gurin for University of Michigan), and continues to be the focus of much quality scholarship and programming in US higher education, with application in the workplace, marketplace and civic involvement (eg, the legal professions). Such compositional diversity, including a much wider diversity of identities, is a necessary, but insufficient, element of Inclusive Excellence.
Similarly, in-group time (affinity-based organizations and events) is also helpful to many, as a familiar source of comfort and support, especially to those in numerical and/or power minorities.
However, using the well-known "salad" metaphor, it is not enough simply to have all the individual ingredients present in the kitchen; they must also come together for their still-distinct colors, textures and flavors to create an engaging and nourishing dish. Having diverse individuals learning, living and working on campus is little more than cosmetics, if they do not interact across identities, or if their interaction is infrequent, superficial or outright negative.
Therefore at DU, IEE provides a variety of programs and services focused on preparing students for and creating positive interactions across a wide variety of campus communities.
We offer a wide variety of ongoing and occasional educational programs, including:
- CO-LEADS regional social justice leadership summit (fall; students sponsored to attend)
- Community Voices topical dialogue evenings (occasional)
- Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence (winter) provides opportunities for sharing and learning about research, issues, identities and best/promising practices
- Flick & Feed/Back webinar, panel and/or pop culture movie discussions (generally quarterly, formerly Dinner & A Movie)
- FORWARD facilitation training program, preparing graduate students to lead various presentations and dialogues
- Training & Consulting services for students, employees, organizations, classrooms and offices (by request and open sessions). Includes Queer & Ally (Q&A) trainings
- Voices of Discovery multi-session inter/group dialogues (select quarters), including SPRING 2017 gender intergroup dialogue courses with Communication Studies: details | express interest
We are also working various campus and community partners to introduce new and expand existing opportunities for community and skill-building for the 2016-17 academic year. For example: we are:
- partnering with on- and off-campus groups to offer Sustained Dialogues for students, staff and faculty
- likely to host another Peacemaking Circle on campus, perhaps in Summer 2017
Please click on the respective program/service above for more information. (Check the Programs & Services menu for a full list of CME support and educational offerings.)
We are working to expand the number and variety of online resources available online, to help Pioneers connect with information, organizations and opportunities to broaden and deepen their experience in sharing across our similarities and differences, such as:
- Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT): our office is part of the leadership team launching this centralized reporting and response process during fall 2016.
- Diversity Engagement Opportunities (DEO): a regularly updated compilation of some on- and off-campus events for individuals, organizations, classes, programs and units to engage in ongoing Inclusive Excellence learning.
- Bulletin Boards in a Bag : monthly history, heritage and broader informational displays for download/print
- by Identity resources: compilation of campus and community offices, organizations and more. (See on-campus and off-campus lists already available for/about LGBTIQ&Ally communities.)
Suggest or request information you think would be helpful to have handy.
While most of our time and budgets are already committed each year to planned, in-house projects, we sometimes co/sponsor special events that actively bring together our diverse communities, to engage intentionally and constructively across differences.
Check our online calendar at right for some past and upcoming examples; and email email@example.com well in advance, with your ideas and available details.
Please note: Simply inviting a variety of communities to attend an event (hoping for presence) is not our goal; we seek to create and support programs where active and intentional intergroup interaction (e.g., meaningful discussion) is a structured part of the event process, not simply having diversity in the audience or as a subject matter.