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Inclusion & Equity Education

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

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


  • Work award student staff: search Student Employment site for jobs #6802 (IEE Resource Coordinator) and #6462 (IEE Program Asst)
  • Program Manager: Due to a strong initial response, we are no longer accepting applications for this position. We will only contact applicants if/as they move to interview stages, OR when they are no longer under consideration. If you have applied, please monitor your email for updates!
  • Graduate Coordinators: We are no longer accepting applications for these positions; they have been filled.

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.


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

  • partnering with on- and off-campus groups to offer Sustained Dialogues experiences and facilitator training for students, staff and faculty
  • partnering with Communication Studies to pilot intergroup dialogue courses on gender; winter/spring 2018 details coming soon
  • likely to host another Peacemaking Circle on campus

Training & Consultation

We offer open and by-request workshops for students, employees, organizations, classrooms and offices. This includes Queer & Ally (Q&A) trainings.

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; students sponsored to attend)
  • 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 (generally quarterly, formerly Dinner & A Movie)
  • FORWARD facilitation training program, preparing graduate students to lead various presentations and dialogues
  • 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 planned, 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 (still on CME homepage) 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.