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University of Denver

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
University Hall
2197 S. University Blvd
Denver, Colorado 80208
Phone
(303) 871-2000
Email address
admission@du.edu
School Information
"Located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains, we embody the spirit of exploration and discovery that defines our region and our history. The University of Denver is a private institution built on exploration through research and collaboration among educators, students, and local and global communities. "With nationally recognized academic programs, a history of widespread influence, a forward-looking vision for a 21st century education and a deep commitment to promoting inclusion, we open a world of opportunity to students and empower Pioneers to make a difference around the world." The university enrolls over 12,000 students, has a 11:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers over 100 degree programs. (Source: https://www.du.edu/about/overview) (Source: https://www.du.edu/academics)
General Information
The University of Denver has taken steps to forward its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives. In addition to pledging additional funding for DEI initiatives and hiring new senior leadership, the university also promised to "Continue baseline mandatory training for administrators, faculty, staff, and students." See developments below:

Actions Taken

Admissions Policies
  • An update regarding the DEI Action Plan was provided in November 2021. DU claims to "have outlined shared definitions," "honored our Native students and Native community members," "launched a new Latinx Center website," among other updates.
Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • DU will "Continue baseline mandatory training for administrators, faculty, staff, and students."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • In collaboration with the College of Education Student Association (COESA), Dean Karen Riley of the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) has committed to providing all incoming and current MCE Students with an eBook of How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi, "to foster reflection, dialogue, and antiracist action." In the fall of 2020, all students started participating in a cross-college, Action Book Club (ABC) throughout the Morgridge College of Education, Josef Korbel School of International Studies, and the Graduate School of Social Work. The purpose of the ABC is to "bring systemic issues surrounding power, privilege, and oppression to the forefront and to invite interdisciplinary community-building to address current issues."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • After three professors of color in DU’s Graduate School of Professional Psychology left in May 2022, the school worked to fix its "systemic issues" partly by hiring a new dean and finding replacement faculty.
Program and Research Funding
  • The university announced the creation of the "Faculty Institute for Inclusive Teaching", "an asynchronous, interactive, self-paced, online program on inclusive teaching. It is designed to meet DU’s faculty where they are – either building on years of inclusive teaching practices or just beginning to incorporate inclusive teaching into their curricula."
  • DU will "Provide resources from strategic imperative planning funds to the office of diversity, equity, and inclusion to implement the action items."
  • DU will "Grow DU’s existing DEI leadership by expanding the ODEI fellows program."
  • The ODEI is offering funding for up to $5,000 for "Programming and Learning about Antiracism" as part of the DEI Action Plan.
  • ODEI has funded three proposals through its antiracism initiative: antiracism in legal education, antiracism in clinical psychology curricula, and antiracism and its impact on CAHSS’ promotion and tenure decisions. ODEI is planning to fund proposals related to addressing anti-Asian and anti-immigrant racism and violence against Native American and Indigenous women, as well as proposals that commemorate or reflect on Juneteenth.
Resources
  • DU will "Create a widespread culture of DEI through new programming related to power and privilege, as well as thinking more expansively about existing programming, such as heritage months."
  • "The Department of Philosophy at the University of Denver offers an undergraduate specialization in Critical Theory for DU students. Our critical theory curriculum consists in graduate and undergraduate courses taught by faculty across the Humanities, including Philosophy, Communications, Religious Studies, English, Economics, Emergent Digital Practices, and Gender & Women’s Studies."
  • DU also offers a minor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, one of the goals of which is to "Uncover and understand the social, cultural, and historical contributions and lived experiences of racialized populations in the United States, and around the world."
  • The university library has a "Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Guide" site to "support students in the CRES minor."
  • The library has "Anti-racist Resources" specifically geared toward wwhite students, staff, and faculty.
  • Between January and March 2020, the University of Denver hosted its virtual 20th annual Diversity Summit where DU "explored and examined antiracism." The Summit hosted 34 virtual events and four additional DU community events with 105 speakers and 1,555 attendees.
  • The Office of DEI is hiring Social Justice Peer Educators for 2023-2024, with some online trainings during the summer and the pilot program launching in the Fall.
  • DU has a list of Social Justice Resources, including links to the DU Equity Portal, Equity Labs, and Catalyst Series for Social Justice.
  • DU's IRISE program supports interdisciplinary research, scholarship and creative works that promote equality and equity in historically underrepresented communities on issues of inequality, social justice and inclusivity. IRISE founder and interim Vive Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion Dr. Tom Romero describes IRISE to be about "joining with underserved and underrepresented communities to dismantle systems of oppression and inequity."
  • The Hubb is DU's student staff-curated blog on social justice and DEI topics.
  • The Cultural Center at DU provides identity-based student programming, annual cultural signature events, and leadership opportunities and support. It seeks to create an environment where students of color, students of marginalized faiths, and LGBTQ+ students can "critically engage their historical legacies, while enhancing their educational, intellectual and personal/professional interest" as it relates to intersectional identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status.
  • DU DialogUes provides students with personal, professional and community development opportunities as students engage with one another to "increase mutual understanding around current events, salient identities, and complex issues." Program offerings include single-session dialogues, dialogue series, for-credit courses, and facilitation trainings.
  • Students Organizing Against Racism (SOAR) LLC aims to "[foster] the knowledge and skills needed to become change-agents in responding to racial and related social inequities in support of a greater public good." 22 like-minded students live together, learn together by enrolling 2-credit seminars, and work with faculty mentors.
Symbolic Actions
  • DU will "Hire a strong vice chancellor for diversity equity and inclusion(VCDEI) with centralized authority reporting to the chancellor."
  • DU's WORC (Whites Organizing for Racial Consciousness) hold monthly meetings that attempt to "advance white identity consciousness and criticality, with discussion of and engagement in action steps to deconstruct and dismantle white supremacy."
  • The Chancellor’s Statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion mentioned how DU integrated a culture of Inclusive Excellence in its "processes, systems, mission statements and other structures."
  • DU's Butler Institute for Families is seeking an anti-racism consultant with expertise in "planning and implementing strategies to build an anti-racist and multicultural organization." The consultant will engage in a multi-year project with an anticipated span of 3 years.
Last updated April 25th, 2024
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