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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Student Life: Get Involved!

Diversity, inclusion and equity work on campus is led by three primary offices; staff and faculty especially, check details.


Congratulations, graduates! The world needs your insights, example, and actions more than ever. Be well, do good!

Racial+ justice and current events

As a central campus source for resources, the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) is now publishing a list of campus and community information related to current acts of racism and protests for justice. Review current, and suggest additional content, at: www.du.edu/diversity-inclusion


IEE/DU DialogUes joins with the statements of the University overall and numerous departments, organizations, student collectives, and community partners, now being compiled on the ODEI website (above).

And in that righteously angry spirit and to those necessary, equitable ends, we recommit ourselves to the good, hard work of engaging students in learning about self, one another, and social systems, and of supporting and challenging one another to improve all, for all.

Working with partners, some IEE/DU DialogUes 2020 summer+ projects include:

  • Developing an in-house, modular dialogue facilitation training series, and expanding facilitation skills training into more campus partner student leadership roles
  • Expanding dialogue opportunities to include more intra-, as well as inter-group, identity/affinity dialogues, and more topical dialogues (eg health disparities, racial justice, social sustainability)
  • Finalizing and piloting new workshops to connect with existing topics in more complete, intentional sequences, including an Intro to Privilege+Oppression and Allyship/Accompliceship
  • Revamping existing workshops such as Responding to Microggressions to incorporate more active bystander framework, and updating Q&A Trainings' structure and content
  • Developing additional resources for, in addition to programming around, the fall US election, "free speech" rights and responsibilities, and other identities, issues and events
  • Advocating for stronger incentives for participating in, and better communication about campus bias incident, discrimination and harassment prevention, report and response resources

Diversity, inclusion and equity work on campus is led by three primary offices; staff and faculty especially, check details.


current events collaborative webinars with Community + Values Initiative, posted on Youtube:

STUDENT JOBs

Students seeking campus employment should check with their academic programs, the DU public job board (www.du.edu/jobs), Student Employment, and/or Career@DU for opportunities.

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 [PDF]). 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, however, 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. In fact, the critical-thinking, communication, collaboration skills and experience strengthened when engaging constructively across difference are among those employers most seek (ref NACE). Thus 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 (click for more info)

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 igr@du.edu 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: