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Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The office of diversity and inclusion serves the entire DU campus

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Initiatives

IRISE

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for the Study of (In)equality (IRISE) is designed to provide opportunities and support for faculty and students to engage in the development of cutting edge interdisciplinary research on issues of inequality, social justice, and inclusivity with a central focus on topics related to race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, disability, veteran status and religion. Visit IRISE's website.

DULCCES

The University of Denver (DU) Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship (DULCCES) was founded in 2005 by former provost and chancellor Robert Coombe. DULCCES is as a consortium of interdisciplinary faculty dedicated to creating and advancing knowledge that gives voice to the history, politics, culture, and legacies of Latino communities. The faculty of DULCCES are dedicated to critical inquiry that incorporates the rich histories of the Latino community. As a community of scholars we value the connection between the mind and the heart of the community which is the foundation from which we have emerged as scholars. Visit DULCCES' website.

RISC

RISC, Race, Inequality, and Social Change, began as a working group spearheading the efforts to bring ethnic studies to the DU curriculum.  RISC has now evolved into a program, working under the auspices of ODI and IRISE to partner with academic units towards the goal of enhancing the DU curriculum around issues of power, ideology, and the perpetuation of inequity. Visit RISC's 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.