Advance Faculty Diversity & Retention

Impact Area: Invest in and provide training for students, staff, and faculty

View the DEI Action Plan for 2020-2021

Advance faculty diversity and retention.

Action Item Details

DU continues to lag in both its recruitment and retention of minoritized faculty. This action item, which will be ongoing throughout the 2020-2021 academic year, will build on current strengths and develop new tools for university leaders to more aggressively diversify and retain our faculty. These opportunities and tools include: 

  • Continuing to build the university’s critical race and ethnic studies, gender and women studies, and urban studies curriculums with commitments to Indigenous and Black community initiatives by exploring the feasibility of cluster hires in Indigenous and Black studies with specializations in sexuality, urban and/or sustainability studies. 
  • Developing a target of opportunity hiring initiative to aggressively hire faculty candidates, at any rank and in any discipline, who have an accomplished track record (calibrated to their career stage) of teaching, research, or service activities addressing the needs of African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian Pacific Islander students or communities.
  • Investing substantively in growing on- or off-campus initiatives (such as becoming an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development) to provide professional development, training, and formalized mentorship opportunities for minoritized faculty to support their promotion, tenure, and pathways to academic leadership.



Office of the Provost

Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs

Faculty Senate

Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Minor

Gender and Women’s Studies

Urban Studies

Sustainability at DU

DU IMPACT 2025 Knowledge Bridges Incubator

Faculty of Color Association (FOCA)

Queer Faculty Association

The Women's Coalition