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Nov.-Dec. 2014

Inclusive Excellence News

IE@DU: Make it Happen!

Thursday, Jan. 8, noon-1:30 p.m. – Gottesfeld Room, Ritchie Center

(Dec. 16, 2014) In an effort to enhance the University’s commitment to Inclusive Excellence, the associate provost for Inclusive Excellence with support from Student Life will host Dr. Daryl G. Smith from Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Smith is a nationally known scholar, author and expert on organizational change and diversity in higher education. Her research, teaching and publications have been in the areas of organizational implications of diversity, assessment and evaluation, leadership and change, governance, diversity in STEM fields and faculty diversity. Space is limited; please RSVP.

DU community participates in Sand Creek memorial event

(Dec. 9, 2014) Chancellor Rebecca Chopp and Nancy Wadsworth, chair of the University of Denver’s John Evans Study Committee, were among nearly 20 members of the University of Denver community who were present last Wednesday at a ceremony marking the 150th anniversary of the Sand Creek Massacre. 

Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence “Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Still Matters”

Jan. 22-23, 2015

(Nov. 25, 2014) This year the annual Diversity Summit will kick off with TED-like talks featuring the Renew DU postdoctoral fellows and other researchers who are part of the Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE). The day will also feature lunch with MSNBC analyst and civil rights lawyer Michelle Bernard, followed by faculty, staff and student-led workshops and a time for action and engagement. As you are preparing your courses for the winter quarter, please consider incorporating the Diversity Summit as part of your syllabi. More information and registration

Volunteer for the Sand Creek Massacre Spiritual Healing Run

Wednesday, Dec. 3

(Nov. 18, 2014) This year marks the 150th year since the Sand Creek Massacre. The run is a commemoration for victims and survivors of the massacre, and for healing of ancestral homelands. Volunteers are needed all day on Wednesday, Dec. 3; sign up here. If you’re unable to volunteer, please join us on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. at 15th and Arapahoe Avenue in downtown Denver for the presentation of the Captain Silas Soule Memorial Plaque and to walk the final mile to the Colorado State Capitol.

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Campus Climate for Students Working Group requests your feedback

(Nov. 11, 2014) The Campus Climate for Students Working Group is charged with developing institutional recommendations to improve the campus climate for all students with special focus on three subsets of students: domestic students of color, LGBTIQA students and international students. Throughout the past year, this committee has gathered information about the work that is currently done to improve the University’s climate for our students. The purpose of this information gathering is to build upon the strengths of current strategies that could be beneficial if employed institutionally.

As part of this information gathering, we are trying to provide voice to as many of our colleagues as possible who work on a daily basis with our students to help inform these institutional recommendations. We understand that we have committed colleagues throughout campus who have and continue to dedicate their time, expertise, resources and passion to improve our campus climate. This cross-campus committee serves as another opportunity to continue to build upon this expertise with institutional leadership as part of a strategic planning process to create transformative and sustainable change.

In October and early November we conducted a series of Campus Conversations focused on the strengths, opportunities, aspirations and results (S.O.A.R.) for a welcoming and affirming campus climate for all students with special attention to the three populations previously listed. We gathered a large amount of information from the attendees to these conversations. As a final part of that information gathering process, we would like to invite other staff and faculty members who did not have the opportunity to attend a meeting to share their thoughts with the working group by answering a brief, anonymous survey. The data from this survey will be reviewed and combined with the data collected from the conversations to inform the recommendations the group will share with campus leadership.

IRISE Research and Creative Works Grants Request for Proposals

(Nov. 11, 2014) IRISE is now accepting proposals for research/creative works grants available to faculty and students for the 2014-2015 academic year. The IRISE Research/Creative Work Grant aims to facilitate interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative works that seek to deepen our understanding of inequalities (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation) that impact the quality of life for historically marginalized communities and/or to promote equality in diverse communities.

Faculty grants up to $5,000 may be matched by participating divisions, while grants of up to $2,000 are available for graduate and undergraduate student research projects. 

IRISE also is accepting applications from graduate students working on issues of inequality to support their professional development.

Grant proposals are due Feb. 16, 2015. Grant submissions will be reviewed and recipients will be notified by April 2015. 

For more information or to apply visit the IRISE grant webpage or email

Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence

Jan. 22-23, 2015

Registration is now open for the 2015 Diversity Summit! The theme, “Fifty Years Since Selma: Your Voice Sill Matters!” refers to a peaceful multiracial march that took place in Selma, Ala., on March 7, 1965. The march was to draw attention to the call for equal voting rights in this country. Met with violence, their efforts helped call national attention to the need for comprehensive voting rights legislation; and the federal Voting Rights Act became law on Aug. 6, 1965. This year's 14th annual Diversity Summit will focus on actions that made progress possible 50 years ago and what we can do today to continue the struggle for social justice and equality in the United States. Register today!

Native American Heritage Month, November

"Raven Cry Message from the Stronghold" art exhibit
Through Nov. 21 – Anthropology Museum, Sturm Hall, first floor

This exhibit features works by Walt Pouier. More

A Tsistsistas-Hearted View of Sand Creek

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 10:30 a.m. – Anderson Academic Commons, The Loft

Dr. Henrietta Mann, founding president of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, will lead a presentation that looks at Sand Creek from the perspectives of tradition, history and the cultural adaptability of the people called Tsistsistas na Hinónóéí,  Cheyenne and Arapaho. The presentation will also explore the nations’ creation of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribal College, which demonstrates an exercise in tribal sovereignty.

See the full list of Native American Heritage Month events

Morgridge College of Education Students of Color Reception

Friday, Nov. 14, 5:30 p.m. – Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall Commons

The Morgridge College of Education (MCE) is hosting the annual Students of Color Reception. We would love for you to experience MCE as we are Celebrating a More Inclusive College. This opportunity highlights our interactions with inclusive excellence in transforming people, communities and the world. Please join us and share with your networks interested in education, as we will engage in the accessibility of our academic programs, service and financial aid. Please RSVP here.