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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves the entire DU campus

University of Denver

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) is committed to providing leadership, guidance, and resources in support of the University of Denver’s commitment to building a more diverse and inclusive institution.  Recognizing that this commitment requires that DU establish and sustain a dramatically rich campus climate and culture that deepens our intellectual environment, ODI is responsible for addressing Inclusive Excellence and diversity matters that impact the academic experience at DU for faculty and students.  For example, ODI supports DU’s efforts to advance diversity, equity, and Inclusive Excellence by providing the campus community with opportunities to extend their knowledge, perspectives, and experiences vital to performing effectively in a culturally diverse and globally connected society.

For questions or to contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please email

ODI Response to DACA Decision

Echoing Chancellor Rebecca Chopp's statement, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion is disheartened by the Trump Administration's choice to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. While it is reported that the ending of this policy will affect approximately 80,000 undocumented immigrants the actual impact is much farther in its reach as people protected by DACA live, engage with, and contribute to the lives of citizen people across this nation. Consequently, many of our students, faculty, and staff will be impacted by the negative rhetoric and myths promoted by anti-immigrant sentiment, as well as the real threat to the safety of loved ones, family member, friends, and beloved students. Citizens and non-citizens will be experiencing the stressful impact of the ending of DACA regardless of their race or ethnicity. We grieve with those impacted by the curtailing of this program and stand in support of those who continue to seek innovative policy and practice toward providing DREAMers with avenues of success.

We believe that we at DU benefit from the diversity that resides within our community; that together through dialogue, shared learning, critical thinking, and engaged praxis we collectively move toward realizing a more inclusive, welcoming, and resilient population tasked with addressing the world's challenges. It is important that we keep this on the forefront of our minds as we engage the University community in our work as educators, staff, learners, and members of intellectually informed and compassionate community. We will continue to work alongside the University of Denver's administration, faculty, and staff in making sure that support and resources are available for those impacted from this shift in policy. The below resources are available to members of the DU community and can be shared with community members effected beyond DU.

ODI Statement on Charlottesville

As the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at University of Denver, we enter into each new academic year with the mission of creating and instilling a more and more welcoming and affirming campus for all. This year is no different, though for many of us in the DU community and beyond it may feel different. The recent events at Charlottesville sadly demonstrate that our campuses and the communities of which we are a part are not isolated from fractured and painful histories of racial subordination nor their continuing present day manifestations in our classrooms, workplaces, neighborhoods, and homes. Such actions and behavior draw into distinct contrast those beliefs and epistemologies that are antithetical to our shared work of Inclusive Excellence here at DU. As our DU Law Faculty have so clearly stated, "we cannot ignore the shadow cast by the horrific events in Charlottesville, Virginia.... We are outraged to learn of white supremacists wielding Confederate and Nazi flags; chanting blatantly racist, anti-Semitism, and homophobic slogans; and violently assaulting those protesting their actions. We are devastated by the killing of Heather Heyer, a woman peacefully exercising her right to free speech to protest white supremacy and racism."

We condemn the ideologies and actions of white supremacists, white nationalists, neo Nazis, and anyone who either individually or collectively promote and sponsor such hate. We stand witness to the pain, hurt, and fear of those whom experience the physical as well as emotional violence of such intolerance and bigotry. We find shared purpose with those who seek and act toward healing our historical and present day social traumas. Our very work comes from and exists beside our unjust racial history as a nation. And it is this work, the work of Diversity and Inclusion in teaching, curricular innovation, faculty development, cutting-edge research, creative works, and in seeking greater understanding of self and others that we as a community will forge together throughout this next year. Please join us.


IRISE logoSovereignty, Self-Determination, and Solidarity: Researching Equity in an Inequitable Age  

This year IRISE is launching a series of events and conversations aimed at interrogating the role of research in responding to the deep rooted challenge to opportunity, diversity, and inclusion in our current political climate. The events also will work to explore how and in what ways this research empowers the Rocky Mountain West's most underserved communities. To stay up to day with IRISE, sign-up for the IRISE listserve here. 

 ODI Logo Third Thursday Lunch & Learn

This year, Office of Diversity & Inclusion and the Office of Teaching & Learning will be hosting a lunch and learn on the third thursday of every month.  Check back here each month for more information on these events. 


Navigating Race, Identity, and Intersectionality in Research and Praxis:  ODI/OTL Lunch & Learn - Thursday September 21, 2017. Location TBD.

Foundations & Best Practices in serving Undocumented/DACA students: First of two listening sessions.  Hosted by Campus LIfe and Inclusive Excellence - Thursday, September 21, 2017. Craig Hall COmmunity Room.

Successful Wrtiers: Planning for Academic Writing & Identifying Writing Challenges: Roger Salters Institute Workshop, IRISE -- September 22, 2017. For more information, email IRISE


 RSI Logo The Roger Salters (RSI) Writing Institute is intended to support students in their academic writing process. DU participants from across all disciplines will form a cohort and work through each of the sessions together to build planning, writing, peer reviewing, and editing skills necessary to produce scholarly and academic work. The workshop series will culminate in a two-day Writing Retreat in June 2018.  For more information please email IRISE or check out the IRISE website

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The Pioneer Pathways Program (P3) is an IRISE student program for historically underrepresented undegraduate students in their 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year at DU with an interest in doing research on issues of equity and pursuing a graduate degree. For more informaiton on P3, please email IRISE or check out the IRISE website.