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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. The College’s 2021 Strategic Plan outlines diversity-related goals and objectives.

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CSU Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative

In 2019, President Joyce McConnell launched the Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative at CSU. The initiative is being led by Vice President for Student Affairs Blanche Hughes.

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 Race and Intersectional Studies in Educational Equity Center in the School of Education brings together researchers and community members to advance intersectional racial justice and equity.

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.

College Diversity Blueprint Plan

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

  1. Establish and maintain a centralized approach to transparency and accountability within DEI&J efforts
  2. Engage all CHHS faculty and staff in intentional efforts to promote 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)
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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 of Inclusive Excellence to access employee DEI trainings, employee climate survey, diversity symposium recordings, inclusive excellence reports, student diversity offices, inclusive excellence blog, and upcoming events!

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.

Diversity News