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Inclusion & Equity Education

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

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.

Click the headers below for summaries of and links to our offerings. And check for upcoming events in the calendar at right.

Dialogues

One of IEE's focal areas is on dialogue: meaningful exchange to build community, increase mutual understanding, and create positive social change. Through the DU DialogUes initiative , we offer:

  • single-session +Dialogue events--exploring a specific issues and providing a sample of the power of sustained dialogue
  • Sustained Dialogue series --same small groups meeting multiple times to build deeper understanding
  • intensive student retreat in the mountains over MLK holiday weekend
  • for-credit courses using dialogue as learning content and process
  • facilitator trainings--preparing DU affiliates to lead dialogues, and/or be even stronger participants
Training & Consultation

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

These and other upcoming events will appear in the top-right column of this page, or click "See all" for full calendar. (If none are posted, none are yet scheduled; please check back.) Advance registration is required, via links in each calendar description.

All sessions are held on-campus, with details posted and/or shared with registrants directly.

And, we are available to consult and/or refer on questions of inclusive policies and practices. Email [email protected] with your question and contact info.

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 (shows at 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:

Informational Resources

Beyond in-person opportunities to share and learn, check out our growing menu of online info and linked resources, to help inform and support self and others.