Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence

The Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence Task Force’s recommendations address all groups relative to establishing a positive climate and creating respect and equity for all. These recommendations will benefit the entire DU community and should be integrated into the work of the University at all levels.

View the task force report (pdf)

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Date

Task and Updates

Task Assignment

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Start date:
September 1

Collect data on faculty and staff candidate pools and recruitment practices to identify successes and change ineffective procedures

Start data collection immediately, with expansion efforts once diversity recruiting and retention leader position is filled

Senior associate provost for diversity, equity and Inclusive Excellence; diversity recruiting and retention leader in Human Resources,

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Formed:
Fall 2015

Create a Chancellor’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee to advise on policies, practices and cultural changes that will result in stronger recruitment, retention and support for a more diverse and inclusive campus

The chancellor appointed the following members in Fall 2015:

Shelly Smith Acuña
Dean, Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Armin Afsahi  
Vice Chancellor for Advancement

Miriam Bornstein
Associate Professor, Department of Languages and Literatures

Roberto Corrada
Mulligan Burleson Chair in Modern Learning and Professor

Ginni Ishimatsu
Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Hinduism, Religions of China and Japan

Art Jones
Faculty Senate President, Clinical Professor of Culture and Psychology and Associate Dean at Colorado Women’s College

Laura Maresca 
Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity

Debbie Mixon Mitchell 
Director of Diversity Recruiting (Faculty)

Deb Ortega
Professor and Director, University of Denver Latino Center for Community Engagement and Scholarship

Christopher Pena
Interim Assistant Director, Institutional Research and Analysis

Sarah Pessin
Director, Center for Judaic Studies and Professor, Department of Philosophy

Lili Rodriguez
Vice Chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence

Miriam Tapia Salinas
Executive Director for Diversity Enrollment and Community Partnerships

Billy Stratton
Associate Professor of English

Andrea Smith
DU Latino Alumni Association Co-Chair

Frank Tuitt
Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Professor of Higher Education

Barbara Wilcots
Associate Provost Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of English

James Herbert Williams
Milton Morris Endowed Chair
Dean and Professor, Graduate School of Social Work

Robert (Bob) Willis
Assistant Vice Chancellor, External Relations

TBA
Senior Diversity Recruitment and Retention Leader (Staff)

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Start date:
Summer 2015

Better emphasize diversity education and awareness on first day of faculty/staff orientation and provide follow up during the first year

Vice chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence; senior associate provost for diversity, equity and Inclusive Excellence; diversity recruiting and retention leader in Human Resources

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Start date:
Summer 2015

Emphasize our core values and continue to develop a diverse and inclusive community

  • Invitations to attend campus-wide events such as the Diversity Summit, the Women’s Summit and the Internationalization Summit
  • Acknowledgement from unit leaders for individuals’ roles in promoting and building Inclusive Excellence
  • Circulate regular newsletter for highlighting best efforts of faculty, staff and students
  • Incorporate Inclusive Excellence into training and development opportunities offered to University employees

UPDATE:

Vice chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence; senior associate provost for diversity, equity and Inclusive Excellence; diversity recruiting and retention leader in Human Resources, in consultation with the Chancellor’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee

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Start planning:
Summer 2015

Expand diversity awareness into first-year experience for all students at the undergraduate and graduate level

Vice chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence and Barbara Wilcots (Graduate Studies)

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Start Planning:
Fall 2015

Embed ongoing individual education/evaluation around Inclusive Excellence

Staff Development Week will include sessions related to diversity and inclusion for individuals to broaden their understanding

Expand and institutionalize what some units and departments already require in terms of annual assessment of goals related to diversity, equity, and Inclusive Excellence

Diversity recruiting and retention leader in Human Resources

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Start Planning:
Summer 2015

Train all search committees and all hiring managers on diversity and inclusion issues as they relate to the search process

Also engage professionals (either from within DU or outside) to train the new Chancellor’s Diversity and Equity Advisory Committee so that members can serve as sources of expertise within each unit.

Diversity recruiting and retention leader in Human Resources

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Start Planning:
Summer 2015

Develop a Diversity Dashboard, similar to other administrative dashboards, that will allow a clear picture of the status of diversity efforts in each unit

Reinforce that diversity extends to identities beyond just race and gender—including sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, socioeconomic status, religion, and political and ideological viewpoints.

Vice chancellor for Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence; senior associate provost for diversity, equity and Inclusive Excellence; Gina Johnson (Institutional Research); diversity recruiting and retention leader in Human Resources

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusive Excellence
  • Shelly Smith-Acuna (co-chair)
  • Frank Tuitt (co-chair)
  • Shadee Abdi (student)
  • Stefanie Ungphakorn Cowan
  • Alejandro Garcia (student)
  • Theresa Hernandez
  • Mike Holt
  • Lavita Nadkarni
  • Todd Rinehart
  • Nik Scott