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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

Black History Month Calendar of events

Join us as we celebrate Black History Month.  For a printable calendar of events, click here.

Black Panther Screening 
Sponsored by the Undergraduate Student Diversity Committee
February 17th, 7;30pm, IMAX (Colorado Boulevard)
*Ticket purchase is required

Leadership Insights with Chancellor Chopp with Special Guest Nick Dawkins 
Invitation Only, See ODI for details
Sponsored by the DU Black Alumni Affinity Group
February 19th, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Dismantling the Black Patriarchy with Dr. Tuitt and Dr. Towns
Sponsored by the Black Graduate Student Association (BGSA)
February 22nd, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Sie Complex 1020

Black Community Dinner
Contact BSA for more details
February 22nd, Time and Location TBD

Black Male Luncheon
Contact CME for RSVP information 
February 23rd, 12:00pm-2:00pm, Ritchie Center, Gottesfeld

African Gala 2018
Sponsored by the DU African Students United
February 24th, 7:00pm-11:30pm, Kang Center for International Security & Diplomacy 

Book Talk, "Leading while Black" by Dr. Floyd Cobb
Sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion
February 26th, 12:00pm-1:30pm, Location TBD


National Day of Racial Healing 

Tuesday January 16, 2018, is the National Day of Racial Healing. In collaboration with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) calls on "colleges and universities across the country to engage in activities, events, or strategies that promote racial healing and foster engagement around the issues of racism, bias, inequity, and injustice in our society" (AAC&U, 2018). 

The members of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion have pulled together a list of books that they find meaningful, insightful, challenging, and/or hopeful, as we take time to mark this day and our commitment to racial healing, justice, and transformation. 

ODI racial healing and transformation reading list.

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. 


IRISE 2.0 Retreat: Friday February 9, 2018. For more information email us at


 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

P3 Logo

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.