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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 April 2022, the University of Denver Graduate School of Social Work created an "Anti-Racist PhD Program."
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.
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.
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."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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