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University of Colorado, Boulder

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3100 Marine Street Bldg RL3 Suite A-122
Boulder, Colorado 80303-1058
(303) 492-1411
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School Information
"As one of only 36 U.S. public research institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU), the University of Colorado Boulder is all about realizing the positive impacts of new knowledge. From offering dozens of exciting programs in a range of academic fields, to serving as one of the world’s most dynamic research and innovation hubs, to working closely through hundreds of public outreach efforts with communities across Colorado and the world, we take pride in helping our students, faculty, staff and partners turn new ideas into productive outcomes that change lives." The university offers over 4,000 courses across its over 150 fields of study. (Source:
General Information
The University of Colorado, Boulder, has finalized the development of its CU 1010 "Anti-Racism" module for incoming, first-year students. Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff will be required to undergo mandatory bystander training. Furthermore, the university will be hiring a Chief Diversity Officer soon. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • The UC Boulder 2020 IDEA Plan (Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics) states that in order to "recruit a more diverse student body, we must be able to retain and graduate the students we already have." The Plan also states, "In the past two decades, CU has made strides in enrolling increasingly diverse first-year students... this growth has been uneven and still falls short in reflecting the full diversity of local and national communities."
  • On June 29, 2023, UC Boulder's Chancellor issued a statement in response to the Supreme Courts affirmative action decision which reads in part as follows: "Today’s decision recognizes that universities may still consider the unique experiences of individual students, which might include how race has affected the applicant’s life. Those experiences can demonstrate an applicant's unique ability to contribute to the university... I want you to know that I am committed to equity and to supporting the students that this ruling most directly impacts. Combined with our recent campus surveys, we are taking the following actions to address inequities...."
  • As part of its "Statement of Anti-Racism," the Political Science Department states that is it "working to improve our outreach to underrepresented groups in high schools to provide information about the political science department at CU."
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Development of the CU 101 “Anti-Racism” Module is finished with the material being available for students in the fall.
  • First-year students will be required to take a CU-101 Anti-Racism Module class
  • University will be developing an “anti-racism” module for first-year students.
  • The UC Boulder 2020 IDEA Plan (Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics) states that "[a]ll faculty search committees should complete training in conducting inclusive searches" and that the university would "[e]nhance training for Student Affairs, such as for resident assistants and hall directors, regarding diversity awareness and inclusive best practices."
  • The UC Boulder 2020 IDEA Plan (Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics) states that the university should "[e]nsure experts in the CTL [Center for Teaching and Learning] receive training in inclusive pedagogy and then in turn offer professional development opportunities in inclusive pedagogy to the campus."
  • The Center for Inclusion and Social Change at CU Boulder offers numerous workshops, including "Implicit Bias," "Interrupting Racism," and "Microaggressions."
  • UC Boulder's Center for Teaching and Learning offers "Anti-Racism Canvas" courses for faculty, staff and students which include the following topics: "Racial Identity Awareness," "Systems of Oppression," and "Recognizing Bias."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As part of its "Statement of Anti-Racism," the Political Science Department states that is has "adopted a commitment by all faculty to include at least one unit per class on anti-racism."
Disciplinary Measures
  • University community members who have been victims of acts of bias "can report to the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance." The OIEC "can address concerns through a formal investigation or an educational resolution process (which does not include an investigation but focuses on intervention to stop the behavior).
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Students, faculty, and staff will be required to undergo mandatory bystander training.
Program and Research Funding
  • The UC Boulder 2020 IDEA Plan (Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics) states that the university should "[ensure] that existing resources are expended in ways that intentionally address issues of diversity and inclusion, and creating new funding streams to support learning and working climates by participating in workshops and trainings."
  • The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE’s) virtual Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education will feature Professor Ibram X. Kendi, the author of "How to be an Anti-Racist."
  • University will be hiring a Chief Diversity Officer
  • University will be providing an "anti-racist pedagogy learning community" focusing on "the experiences of people of color in campus classrooms and seeks to redress educational disparities among underserved student populations."
  • A university team created Anti-racism courses free of charge to any CU Boulder student or employee through Coursera.
  • The university library created an "Anti-Racism Resources" site. The home page reads, "We will continue to add resources as we can with the knowledge that the practice of becoming anti-racist is ongoing."
  • In January and February of 2022, the school held a #BeTheChange Challenge where "faculty and staff have had daily opportunities to explore books, stories, podcasts, films and music 'to learn about current and historical issues of racial inequity and ways to be part of the solution,” according to challenge organizers."
  • The school formed an Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Council in November of 2020. Since then, "the representatives of the 26-member council have made the recruitment and retention of students, faculty and staff a guiding focus of their work and have put forth eight recommendations aligned with these priorities."
  • The Center for Teaching and Learning at UC Boulder provides an in depth look at the Black Lives Matter movement and how the movement could be incorporated into current educational systems. The Center states, "Engaging in this work, instead of standing by and leaving students to navigate the racially charged moments by themselves, involves reading, self-educating, and deeply reflecting on the cultural conditioning that has led us to this moment."
  • The UC Boulder 2020 IDEA Plan (Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics) states that the university should "[e]nsure a curriculum that fosters intercultural competence and prepares critical thinkers who innovate through embracing multiple perspectives."
  • On April 26, 2023, CU Boulder Today reported on a "Obstetric Racism" study and stated, "Systemic racism is ubiquitous in U.S. labor and delivery rooms and contributing to a sharp rise in medically questionable inductions that could be harming Black and Latina mothers and babies, according to new CU Boulder research."
Symbolic Actions
  • In 2022, campus leaders and the chancellor urged "every member of our community to join in learning more about diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism and to work continuously together to address these challenges more actively and in ways that can help authentically transform our campus culture in the coming year."
  • The International Student and Scholar Services at UCF issued a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement which reads in part as follows: "Systemic racism toward people of color in the United States is an epidemic. These killings come at a time where the COVID-19 pandemic is causing much higher rates of death in Black, Latino and tribal communities, especially the Navajo Nation. We urge our campus community to consider racism as another public health emergency for Black, Latino, Native and other communities of color."
  • UC Boulder's Political Science Department released a "Statement of Anti-Racism" which reads in part as follows: "We, the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder political science department, assert that Black lives matter...The department of political science, by existing within the racist power structure in this country, participates in systemic racism. We acknowledge the discrimination and racial tension within our department and the campus of CU Boulder. Acts of racism in the department have gone unreported, as affected individuals have been marginalized from speaking out about their experiences. Systemic racism has also allowed the department to overlook racist incidents and behavior."
Last updated February 7th, 2024
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