Every March, we celebrate Women’s History Month in recognition of women’s service and contributions to the continued progress of humankind. This March, we are particularly indebted to and grateful for women as our fatigued nation continues its slow progression away from the grips of a deadly health crisis.
The University of Denver is committed to increasing and improving support for the growing population of Native American and Indigenous students, faculty and staff on campus. Such growth has been the result of intentional efforts undertaken over the past several years.
In keeping with the Black History Month theme of my posts this month, I had an opportunity to talk with one of DU’s newest employees, Andriette Jordan-Fields, PhD, the first Black Community Experience Coordinator.
Recognizing this premise and DU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, the University will establish a Black Community Advisory Board, a board that will provide input and recommendations to Chancellor Haefner and University leadership about issues, policies, and actions that affect Blacks on DU’s campus.
In my last post, I talked about the origins of Black History Month as well as the opportunities we have to learn about the ongoing struggles of Black people, celebrate their achievements, and support the fight for justice.
As February begins, we have an opportunity and renewed responsibility to learn and listen to the stories and achievements that have shaped our history and will illuminate our future. The month of February as national African American History Month had its origins in 1915 when historian and author Dr. Carter G. Woodson founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and History.