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Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Embracing Diversity

Colorado State University is committed to embracing diversity through the inclusion of individuals reflective of characteristics such as: age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, first-generation status, familial status, gender identity, and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious, and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, medical diagnosis, documentation status, and veteran status with special attention given to populations historically underrepresented or excluded from participation in higher education.

We have the goal of increasing numbers of diverse faculty, staff, and students and creating a welcoming and inclusive climate. Offering a multicultural curriculum with training in cultural competence will result in alumni who are qualified to succeed in our diverse world. We support expanded research opportunities in issues of inequity and social justice to further our intention of improving lives for all people, including the underserved and underrepresented.

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College Diversity Resources

If your parents never earned a bachelor’s degree, you are a first-gen student. We couldn’t be prouder of your achievements. Find resources on this page to help you on your academic journey.

The Assistive Technology Resource Center in the Department of Occupational Therapy offers resources for students and employees to help enhance learning for people with disabilities.

The Accessibility by Design website offers tools for faculty and staff for creating electronically accessible materials to support diversity and inclusion for all types of learners.

Social Justice Speaker Series

The Social Justice Speaker Series is envisioned to stimulate thought and action as we work toward promoting equity and inclusive excellence.  Over the years to come, we will engage with leaders addressing important aspects of diversity and inclusion. In Spring 2024, we are conducting a campus climate survey.

College Diversity Plans

We have identified three goals in the College’s Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Blueprint plan in conjunction with the DEIJ Committee that align with the College and CSU’s strategic plan:

  1. Establish and maintain a centralized approach to transparency and accountability within Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice efforts
  2. Engage all College of Health and Human Sciences faculty and staff in intentional efforts to advance recruitment, retention, and promotion of marginalized and excluded faculty and staff across the college
  3. Promote cultural responsiveness throughout the student experience (including in the classroom, research, and mentoring)

In addition, Goal 3 of our Strategic Plan, INCLUDE, outlines our objectives. See the College’s Strategic Plan.

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Valuing Diversity Department and School Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Efforts

Visit our unit pages to learn how each department is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion at CSU.

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University Diversity Resources

Visit CSU’s Office for Inclusive Excellence to access employee DEI training opportunities, the employee climate survey, the Symposium for Inclusive Excellence recordings, and more!

The Principles of Community – Inclusion, Integrity, Respect, Service, and Social Justice – support CSU’s mission and provide a collaborative framework for engaging with one another.

CSU has a number of diversity offices that promote multiculturalism and support students on campus.

CSU’s land acknowledgement recognizes the long history of Native peoples who originally lived on the land where the University is now located.

Events and Celebrations

The CSU and the Fort Collins communities mark DEIJ months and holidays with celebrations and educational programs open to all.

Multicultural Undergraduate Research Art and Leadership Symposium (MURALS) is an annual undergraduate research and artistry symposium that provides a platform for undergraduate students with marginalized identities to showcase their scholarly work.

Each year in January, the CSU and Fort Collins communities come together to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a march and program.

Also called Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates the liberation of 250,000 enslaved black folks by federal troops in 1865. Fort Collins and CSU celebrate Juneteenth each summer with a weekend of activities.

The campus Cultural Centers sponsor events, speakers, and celebrations during diversity months such Black History Month, Native American Heritage Month, Pride Month, and Latinx/é Heritage Month. See the Cultural Centers’ websites for more information.

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