CU is Putting Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at the Forefront



CU on the Air talks to CU President Mark Kennedy and CU Chief Diversity Officer Theodosia Cook about what is in the works, what is being planned and what still needs to be undertaken to end racism and to further diversity, equity and inclusion on CU’s four campuses and in the larger community.

  • Takeaways from the presentation to the Board of Regents
  • What’s being done and what needs to be done
  • Why it’s going to take us a bit of time to achieve the outcomes that we’re all looking for
  • Working toward more collaboration, more accountability and more transparency
  • Recognizing the harm that people have endured and finding how CU can be responsible and tactfully address those concerns
  • Today is a period of profound change and energy in race and equality
  • Focusing on the root causes
  • The pandemic’s impact on disparities
  • How our country has been evaluating issues from a racial lens, a socioeconomic lens and gender lens the past decade to identify the values of what it means to be American
  • Top priorities are on diversity, equity and inclusion as we bring our campuses back for the fall
  • The metrics of diversifying faculty, staff and students
  • Engaging all of our campuses to see ‘What efforts are we doing now?’
  • Gaining the trust of our constituents, such as the BIPOC communities, surrounding work being done

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  1. As an Oglala Lakota graduate of the University of Colorado who has had connections to the University of Colorado since the late seventies (my older sister is also a graduate of the University) I have seen many attempts at creating more diversity at the University come and go. But there is a member of the University’s indigenous community that still lives in Boulder that has been involved with many of these shifts and understands the issues. His name is Dr. Charles Cambridge. I highly recommend that he be involved with any talks or attempts to improve the situation at the University of Colorado.

    To my knowledge the minority student population has stayed basically the same through all of these prior attempts at change. I attended while a Native American program was being ran by Norbert Hill who went on to found AISES.

    Just a thought.

    Ben Artichoker

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