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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Student Life: Get Involved!

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

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

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.

OUR Spring events

With the DU Grand Challenges team, we developed host trainings and materials for A Community Table ! You choose when, about what, how, and with whom to have that conversation, we provide the rest. Details, registration and tools at grandchallenges.du.edu/events/community-table (Open through June 11)

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: