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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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Faculty of Color Association (FOCA)

The DU Faculty of Color Association (FOCA) is a voluntary empowerment and advocacy group composed of faculty members from under-represented racial and ethnic groups within the University community.


Committed to advancing the Inclusive Excellence mission of the institution, FOCA will play a significant role in how the University utilizes its power and institutional authority to address race and racism as complex cultural constructs at the individual and collective level that impact economic, political and policy dynamics of the institution and larger society.


In the belief that shared governance and joint action will increase the University's capacity to successfully fulfill its mission to create an open, diverse, and inclusive academic and cultural environment, FOCA strives to achieve the following goals:

  • Create, develop, and foster community and collaboration among DU faculty of color including support and advocacy for faculty of color, particularly junior faculty.
  • Promote and cultivate the value of diversity and inclusiveness in research, teaching, and service in campus life and community.
  • Advocate for the advancement of University diversity initiatives.
  • Be proactive in holding the University accountable for any actions that impact faculty, staff and students of color.
  • Create greater representation and inclusiveness of faculty of color in recruitment, retention, tenure, promotion and governance.
  • Advance an understanding of issues impacting faculty, staff, and students of color among the institution's constituencies and decision making bodies.
  • Form and support alliances and coalitions of subordinated and marginalized groups and communities, both internal and external to DU—locally, nationally, and globally.
  • Create cultural awareness and serve as a resource for preserving the richly diverse cultural history of the institution and ensuring that history informs future decision making.

To get connected with FOCA email co-chairs Dr. Apryl Alexander or Brian Gonzales, MSW.