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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Student Life: Get Involved!

Inclusion and Equity work on campus is led by three primary offices; staff and faculty especially, check details.

Fall 2019 highlights

  • DON'T PUSH MY BUTTONS (10/21) (PDF flyer): Join us during lunch at Halls and Nelson dining to decorate a cookie, make a button, and have a quick chat about what pushes your buttons (when others reduce you to one/wrong box).
  • CULTURE NOT A COSTUME (10/23) (PDF flyer). 6.30-8.30pm in AAC event space. Share your experiences around cultural appropriation vs appreciation, and this annual campus campaign to celebrate thoughtfully and safely. Part of larger Conflict Resolution Month @DU.
  • RETREAT STAFF TRAINING (11/1-3): National trainer prepares facilitators to lead winter 2020 student retreat. Full weekend commitment and advance application required; participants must have completed a prior SD Facilitator training weekend.
  • WORKSHOPS: 90-110minute sessions on various dialogue and IE topics, listed chronologically in our calendar at right. Most require advance registration.
  • FOR-CREDIT DIALOGUE COURSE (PDF): Winter 2020 COMN 2000: Identities in Dialogue course, offers 2 sections.

overview

Having a demographically diverse campus community is educationally important (cf. Gurin for University of Michigan), and continues to be the focus of much quality scholarship and programming in US higher education, with similar applications in the workplace, marketplace, and civic involvement (eg, the legal professions). Such compositional diversity, including a wide diversity of identities, is a necessary, but insufficient, element of Inclusive Excellence.

Using the oft-cited food metaphor, it is not enough simply to have a number of individual ingredients present in the kitchen; they must also come together for their still-distinct colors, textures and flavors to create an engaging and nourishing dish. Having diverse individuals learning, living and working on campus is little more than cosmetic, if they do not interact across identities, or if their interaction is infrequent, superficial, or outright negative.

Therefore at DU, IEE programs and services provide students with information, skills, and opportunities for engaging constructively across difference.

Offerings

Event Co/Sponsorship

While most of our time and budgets are already committed each year to in-house projects, we sometimes co/sponsor and/or collaborate on special events that actively bring together our diverse communities, to engage intentionally and constructively across differences.

Check our online calendar (top right column on this page) for past and any upcoming examples; and email [email protected] well in advance, with your ideas and available details. (Click here for PDF info sheet regarding +Dialogue events.)

Please note: Simply inviting a variety of communities to attend an event (hoping for presence) is not our goal. We seek to create and support programs where active and intentional intergroup interaction (e.g., meaningful discussion) is a structured part of the event process, not simply with diversity in the audience or as a subject matter.

Past events have included: