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Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The office of diversity and inclusion serves the entire DU campus

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Initiatives

IRISE

The Interdisciplinary Research Institute for the Study of (In)Equality (IRISE) is the intellectual home for faculty and students to engage in the development of cutting edge interdisciplinary research on issues of inequality, social justice, and inclusivity. IRISE seeks to advance Inclusive Excellence, diversity, and equity at DU, as well as furthering DU's public good mission by extending and connecting this work across campus to locally diverse communities in a comprehensive and meaningful way. Visit the IRISE website.

The Latinx Center at DU

The Latinx Center at the University of Denver advances critical interdisciplinary research, scholarly and creative work, and curricular development related to the historical, political, cultural, and intellectual legacy of Latinx people. The Center promotes and advances knowledge affecting the Latinx community through hosting visiting Latinx scholars, film makers, poets, performing artists and culture critics; providing grants that support scholarship and creative works on topics that contribute to the knowledge and experience of the Latinx community nationally and internationally; providing research briefs on areas of policy that affect the Latinx community; and supporting graduate education for University of Denver Latinx students and students engaging in research focused on the Latinx issues, concerns, and culture. Visit the Latinx Center website.

ODI Faculty Fellows

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion's Faculty Fellows Pilot Program will advance the work of Inclusive Excellence; creating and further embedding a capacity building resource within and alongside academic departments at the University of Denver. The ODI Faculty Fellows are tasked, broadly speaking, with the goal of engaging and fostering engagement in each unit's diversity and inclusion efforts as well as serve as a resource and platform for innovation and transformation at a local level, with support (both in terms of funding and training) from the University at large. As a unit based role, your ODI Faculty Fellow, will work within the department toward realizing DU's vision of becoming a "diverse and inclusive community ... known regionally and nationally as a best-practice environment for all who work and learn" (IMPACT 2025, p. v). The five areas of focus for this cohort of the ODI faculty fellows includes providing vital support for: 1) underrepresented faculty, 2) the infusion of inclusive curriculum and pedagogy, 3) unit level strategic planning toward Inclusive Excellence, 4) participation in faculty search processes, and 5) diversity and inclusion communication and advocacy efforts within their unit and beyond. 

Diversity Retention and Recruitment

The retention and recruitment of an outstanding and diverse faculty is identified as vital to the continued success of the University of Denver. It is known that exposure to a broad spectrum of perspectives and diverse forms of knowledge leads to a more stimulating and rich educational experience for students and faculty.

Faculty and Staff Affinity Group Support

Affinity groups serve as an important support promoting the success of underrepresented faculty and staff. The Director of the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion serves as the liaison providing support and service to faculty affinity groups, while HRIC provides support and service to staff affinity groups, helping to promote successful employment on campus. Click here for the most up to date list of affinity groups.