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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves the entire DU campus

University of Denver

Welcome to the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) 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, ODEI is responsible for addressing Inclusive Excellence and diversity matters that impact the academic experience at DU for faculty and students.  For example, ODEI 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.

*The ODEI team is working hard to keep this webpage up to date with information about DU's response(s) to and resources for students, faculty, and staff with regard to the current acts of racism and protest nation wide.  As such, it is our hope that this site provides you with relevant information and resources, while noting that there will be limitations as we continue to build it out.  If you have an event or resource you would like to add to this webpage, please email Additionally, please email us if you have any questions about the site.

Update on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at DU

"I've asked Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Tom Romero, Interim Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Jerron Lowe, and Interim Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Niki Latino to come together to propose an action plan for diversity, equity and inclusion at DU. We will meet with the Chancellor's Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee and the Provost's Diversity and Equity Academic Council to vet the plan with the goal to announce the details broadly by August 15, 2020. This will be a draft plan meant for community comment, which we will review and then develop a final plan to share with our community by the beginning of the fall quarter. We will also plan for a Zoom town hall to receive feedback on the draft plan in real time. Look for more details in the coming weeks." - Chancellor Jeremy Haefner, 17 July 2020.

Read the full letter here.


Knowing that COVID-19 has disproportionately and deeply affected communities of color and other minoritized communities, we have created a resource list of campus support for your reference as our community navigates our re-opening in the coming months.

Access the list of resources here

DU Statements Regarding the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)

ODEI Statement in the Wake of George Floyd's Murder

The murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis is just the most recent act of anti-Black violence that is rooted in a centuries-long American history of abuse of Black bodies. Beginning with the 17th century Atlantic slave trade, continuing through nearly 250 years of chattel slavery, more than a century of epidemic-level vigilante lynching, and more recently in the 20th and early 21st century, a decades long pattern of sanctioned police murders of unarmed Black people, the dehumanization and devaluing of Black bodies has sadly been at the center of the American experience. This long history has unfortunately progressed in parallel with a robust collective amnesia that has conveniently sifted out all the facts of trauma and repression and replaced them with a confident national image of freedom, equality and prosperity.... [Read more here]

Additional DU Statements:

University of Denver - We Stand Together: A Statement by Senior Leadership
University of Denver - College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences
University of Denver - Community + Values Initiative 
University of Denver - Critical Race & Ethnic Studies Faculty 
University of Denver - Cultural Center
University of Denver - Graduate School of Social Work
University of Denver - IRISE
University of Denver - Media, Film, & Journalism Studies
University of Denver - Morgridge College of Education
University of Denver - Publishing Institute
University of Denver - Religious Studies
University of Denver - Sturm College of Law
University of Denver - University College 
University of Denver - University Libraries 
University of Denver - Vicki Myhren Gallery

Student Statement(s)

Other Institutional/Organizational Statements:

National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
American Educational Research Association
American Sociological Association
NASPA: Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education
University of Michigan, Dr Robert Sellers
Former Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Brenda Allen

 Racial Justice Resources 

Racial Justice Action Steps

  • Educate yourself:  Read, listen to podcasts, watch documentaries, and challenge yourself to learn, explore, examine, and excavate the realities of race and racism in this country. Do not ask your friends and family of color to educate you.  It is your responsibility to do the work of racial learning, unlearning, and relearning. 
  • Interrogate your location(s) and the ways that your various identities provide forms of privilege, allowing you to disengage/ignore the realities of racism in our country? What emotions are you experiencing with regard to the current protests?  Where do they come from?  What has influenced them? Spend time in self reflection to better understand how you benefit from the system of Whiteness and how you will work toward the deconstruction of those privileges.  
  • Speak up and Step in: When you hear racist comments and statements (including microaggressions, microassaults, and microinvalidations) – in the classroom, at work, with friends, and at family gatherings. This is essential! Put into practice your education as the catalyst for change.
  • Financial Support: Donate to organizations that are already working toward racial justice (e.g., the Black Lives Matter organization, Minnesota Freedom Fund to provide bail money for protesters who are arrested, and Equal Justice Initiative). Support Black and minority owned businesses in your local communities and nation wide.