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Staff of Color Association


Our mission and goals

The mission of the Staff of Color Association (SOCA) is to create a supportive community for promoting personal and professional growth through shared experiences, resources, and strategies for staff of color.

SOCA, in partnership with the University of Denver, works to advance Inclusive Excellence on campus and within the community.  SOCA recognizes the importance of building and supporting Inclusive Excellence throughout all levels of the University and shares the institution’s strong commitment 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.

Our goal is to foster a safe and welcoming space for staff of color to discuss shared experiences and receive support needed to successfully navigate systems that lead to professional advancement on our campus.  While SOCA maintains a particular focus on the specific needs of staff of color, all staff are invited to attend SOCA meetings and promote its mission.