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Diversity and Inclusive Excellence

We hope to build a campus environment in which all are welcome. This website is a jumping off point to help you locate the best DU resource for your needs.

We're proud of our progress to date, but our work is not complete. Support our community through deeper involvement. Attend an event hosted by our affinity groups, and meet the staff at our centers and institutes. We move forward together.

Chancellor’s Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

The University of Denver is its people—all its people. We aim to attract bright and motivated students and give them every opportunity to thrive. We rely on engaged faculty who are passionate about their teaching and their scholarship. We depend on talented staff to support the operation and mission of the University.

In an organization so reliant on its people, creating a diverse and inclusive community isn’t only the right thing to do; it’s critical to the successful implementation of our mission. The greatest challenges facing us in the century ahead are incredibly complex and will require diverse teams who can work collaboratively and innovatively. Actively seeking a student body and a faculty and staff who represent the diversity of our region, nation and world is necessary to prepare our students for an increasingly globalized and connected world. That diversity extends to identities beyond just race and gender—including sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, socioeconomic status, religion, political and ideological viewpoints, and more.

In 2006, the chancellor and provost asked the University’s senior leadership to embrace Inclusive Excellence and to begin working in conjunction with our Cultural Centercampus leadersthe Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and every member of the University community to realize this vision at DU. We have made significant progress in recent years, thanks to the critical efforts of faculty, staff, students and administrators. We have better integrated a culture of Inclusive Excellence in our processes, systems, mission statements and other structures. But we have more work to do—work that is the responsibility of everyone in our community and that the University’s leadership recognizes remains critically important to everything we do.

As the University of Denver prepares to meet the exciting challenges of the growing, thriving and remarkably diverse city in which we live as well as the needs of a changing nation, we will continue to be guided by the principles of Inclusive Excellence. We must continue to strive for an inclusive community that embraces all its members, provides equality of opportunity for all and actively encourages all voices to be heard. Everyone must be welcomed and treated with dignity and respect, and every person’s story must be honored. An inclusive community celebrates different cultures, engages in clamorous debates and cultivates the individual and collective flourishing of all of us.

Our Campus Diversity Resources

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For Students

Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence fosters inclusivity and diversity in our community. We support students with campus events, intergroup dialogues and other resources.

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For Faculty

Our Office of Diversity and Inclusion addresses cultural challenges that impact our academic experience. We aid students and faculty in advancing diversity in our intellectual environment.

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For Staff

Human Resources and Inclusive Communities recruits and retains a highly skilled, diverse population of faculty and staff at the University of Denver. 

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The landscape around diversity and inclusive excellence at the University of Denver is evolving rapidly. If you see an error or omission on the site, please let us know.

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