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Our Commitment

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to enhancing diversity in all forms as described in the University Diversity Plan. Our goals specifically linked to diversity include:

  • Develop and coordinate active recruitment and retention programs for undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds and underserved groups
  • Grow the base of faculty, administrative professional, classified employees, and graduate assistants who are from diverse backgrounds and/or who focus on diversity issues as their research interest
  • Strengthen HDFS research that focuses on diversity and diverse populations
  • Grow the knowledge base and awareness of cultural competence among faculty, graduate students, administrative professionals, and classified staff


Dr. Christine Fruhauf talks to her lab assistants.

Statement of Solidarity - Black Rams Matter

We stand in solidarity with our Black community, and we wholeheartedly endorse the sentiments expressed by the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, the President of Colorado State University, and the Dean of the College of Health and Human Sciences. The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to addressing racism and anti-Blackness at all levels, including institutional and individual, and aligning our actions with all efforts to advance social justice.

CSU President Joyce McConnell, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, and Dean Lise Youngblade issued statements of support and solidarity for the Black and African American communities surrounding recent racist events. Statement from President Joyce McConnell Statement from the CSU Office of the Vice President for Diversity Statement from Dean Lise Youngblade Joint Statement from the School of Education and the RISE Center – Includes Resources School of Social Work Committee for Social Justice Resources for Talking about Race and Racism with Kids from CSU’s Early Childhood Center

Black Rams Matter

HDFS Diversity Resources

The Human Development and Family Studies Peer Mentoring Program is a year-long program that provides new first-generation and/or students of color with a supportive community to help you successfully navigate your transition to college.

Our research-based centers and programs are committed to better the future of diverse populations and their families.

The Center for Family and Couple Therapy provides therapy services to the Northern Colorado community for families, couples, and individuals across the lifespan. The CFCT is committed to creating a safe environment that honors diverse backgrounds, family forms, and experiences.

CSU Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative

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