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Natural Sciences & Mathematics

Inclusive Excellence

Dr. Nancy Sasaki
NSM Inclusive Excellence Coordinator


The Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics is committed to Inclusive Excellence (IE) and recognizes that a community or institution's success is dependent on how well it values, engages, and includes its rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni constituents. We are in constant transformation and we value the practicing of IE in every effort, aspect, and level of our university. Our goal is to make IE an embedded habit that is practiced consistently throughout our institution.

What is Inclusive Excellence? Thomas Walker, Director of Educational Programs & LGBTIQA Services at the Center for Multicultural Excellence, gives us some information in this "Inclusive Excellence" presentation. 


The University of Denver community is strongly committed to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, and religion.

NSMentoring: Face2Face

A mentoring program, NSMentoring: Face2Face aims to help students transition to life as science and math majors at DU through connection with peer and faculty mentors. Our mentors come from a variety of different backgrounds, with many different academic, professional, and social interests represented. Mentors do not function as advisors; rather, they share advice and experiences from their own personal and professional journeys. For more information about the program, please contact Molly Durava.

Inclusive Excellence Fellow

NSM's current Inclusive Excellence Fellow is Molly Durava, who is pursuing a graduate degree in higher education and student affairs at DU's Morgridge College of Education. Molly completed her undergraduate degree at North Central College and is a transplant from the Chicago area. She loves singing, corgis, Hazelnut coffee, and has a background in mathematics and computer science.

The Inclusive Excellence Fellows Program provides students pursuing master's degrees in higher education with experiential learning opportunities designed to strengthen their academic and professional expertise in the areas of diversity, equity, and Inclusive Excellence.

Our IE fellow provides direct support to efforts to promote and implement Inclusive Excellence practices within NSM.

The Interdisciplinary Research Incubator for Study of (IN)Equality (IRISE)

IRISE has been working to build, develop, and support our many programs 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. The IRISE Newsletter is the first of a regular series of newsletters for updates on all of IRISE’s activities. This newsletter will inform you of programs and events related to research on inequality as well as relevant funding, scholarship, and conference opportunities. Feedback is welcome. 

The Untold History of Women in Science & Technology

Visit "The Untold History of Women in Science and Technology" to listen to women across the Obama Administration tell stories of their personal heroes in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Share stories yourself. And honor these women's legacies in the best possible way: by committing to encourage young woman to pursue careers in science.