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Inclusion & Equity Education

dialogues | trainings | events | online resources | co-sponsorship | staff


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

About us

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 application 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.

Similarly, in-group time (affinity-based organizations and events) is also helpful to many, as a familiar source of comfort and support, especially to those in numerical and/or power minorities.

However, using the well-known "salad" metaphor, 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.

Dialogues

One of IEE's focal areas from 2016-17 forward is on dialogue: meaningful exchange to increase mutual understanding and change. 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.

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

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

Events

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.

Online Resources

We are working to expand the number and variety of online resources available online, to help Pios connect with information, organizations and opportunities to broaden and deepen their experience in sharing across our similarities and differences, such as:

Suggest or request information you think would be helpful to have handy.

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 igr@du.edu 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.

OUR STAFF

Driscoll North, Campus Life suite | igr@du.edu | 303.871.2027

  • Thomas Walker, PhD, Director
  • Kelly Hill, Graduate Coordinator
  • Syah Taylor, Graduate Coordinator
  • Nicole Bozas, BIRT Admin Support
  • Stephanie Papadopoulos, Resource Coordinator
  • TBA, DU DialogUes Program Manager

Connect at facebook.com/IEedDU and instagram.com/du_dialogues