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Inclusion & Equity Education

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NOTE: We are re-organizing and expanding; staff and faculty especially, check details.


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 much wider diversity of identities, is a necessary, but insufficient, element of Inclusive Excellence.

However, using oft-cited food metaphors, it is not enough simply to have all the 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 provides a variety of programs and services focused on preparing students for and creating positive interactions across a wide variety of campus communities.


One of IEE's focal areas from 2016-17 forward is on dialogue: meaningful exchange to increase mutual understanding and create positive social change. Through the DU DialogUes initiative (PDF overview), we are:

Training & Consultation

We offer open and by-request workshops for students, employees, organizations, classrooms and offices. This includes Queer & Ally (Q&A) trainings. To learn more about training options, click here.

We are scheduling additional sessions, and will post details in our online calendar (column at right) as they are settled. Groups can request sessions via workshops link.

And, as are other specialized campus partners, we are available to consult and/or refer on questions of inclusive policies and practices.


Beyond general campus events, we also offer a wide variety of ongoing and occasional educational programs, including:

  • CO-LEADS regional social justice leadership summit (fall)
  • Community Voices topical dialogue evenings (occasional)
  • Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence (winter) provides opportunities for sharing and learning about research, issues, identities and best/promising practices
  • Flick & Feed/Back webinar, panel and/or pop culture movie discussions (occasionally, formerly Dinner & A Movie)
  • FORWARD facilitation training program, preparing graduate students to lead various presentations and dialogues (inactive)
  • Voices of Discovery multi-session inter/group dialogues (select quarters)

We also have limited co-sponsorship resources; visit section below.

Event Co/Sponsorship

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

Check our online calendar (shows at top right column on this page) for past and any upcoming examples; and email well in advance, with your ideas and available details.

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.