Having a demographically diverse campus community is educationally important (cf. Gurin for University of Michigan), and was the focus of much quality scholarship and programming in US higher education through the second half of the Twentieth Century, especially around sex/gender and race/ethnicity. 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 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, in addition to our work with specific, historically excluded populations, the Center for Multicultural Excellence also provides a variety of programs and services focused on preparing our community 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)
- Community Voices topical dialogue evenings (occasional)
- Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence (spring) provides opportunities for sharing and learning about research, issues, identities and best/promising practices
- Flick & Feed/Back pop culture movie discussions (each quarter, formerly Dinner & A Movie)
- FORWARD : a facilitation training program, preparing students to lead various CME programs and presentations. Will be expanded to prepare staff and faculty as well.
- 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)
Please click on the respective program/service above for more information. (See our Programs & Services menu for a full list of CME support and educational offerings.)
We are also working to expand the number and variety of online resources available through this website, to help Pioneers connect with information, organizations and opportunities to broaden and deepen their experience in sharing across our similarities and differences, such as:
- 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.
CME also co/sponsors special events that actively bring together our diverse communities, to engage intentionally and positively across differences. See our online calendar for some past and upcoming examples.
For co-sponsorship with the Center, please visit our online Sponsorship information page.
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., discussion) is structured part of the event process, not simply having diversity in the audience or as a subject matter.