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University of Northern Colorado

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1051 22nd Street
Box 10
Greeley, Colorado 80639
Phone
(970) 351-2881
Email address
admissions@unco.edu
School Information
"Founded in 1889 and tucked between the Rocky Mountains and Colorado’s stunning high plains, UNC is a public doctoral research university committed to the success of its 13,000 students, with more than 100 undergraduate programs and 120 graduate programs. The university’s just-right size, expert faculty, and tradition of research and hands-on learning gives students exceptional opportunities and a personalized education" (Source: https://www.unco.edu/about/). The student to faculty ratio is 17 to 1.
General Information
Following the death of George Floyd, the university launched initiatives in order to support anti-racism in its school. This includes the implementation of curriculum changes to reflect diversity and inclusion. The university is considering funding scholarships to advance these goals. A panel discussion's conclusion was that campuswide training should be implemented soon. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • On July 15, 2020, a panel discussion involving UNC representatives "gathered in response to the anti-racism movement" in order to "discuss issues such as bias, privilege, inclusivity, and systemic racism." As a result, the university decided to implement "campuswide professional development" training for implicit bias and microaggressions.
  • The UNC School of Nursing intends to "plan for anti-racism education and skills building for faculty, staff and students."
  • UNC's Empower Inclusivity Committee "creates and sustains a culture where professional development in equity and inclusion is an expectation and a requirement for all faculty and staff to ensure UNC becomes an equity-minded and inclusive campus." The committee plans on creating workshops, discussions, and programs that reflect these goals.
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The School of Theatre Arts and Dance "cultivates an appreciation and understanding of theatre through an anti-racist lens and is working with Broadway for Racial Justice to ensure that theatre is a vehicle for the enrichment of life studied and viewed via the full spectrum of American society and culture."
  • The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences intends on "advocating for the infusion of diversity into the curriculum."
Program and Research Funding
  • The university is considering funding scholarships "that provide funding for research that focuses on equity, inclusion, and diversity."
Resources
  • The university is also considering mentoring McNair scholars as well as "establishing joint initiatives with state or national organizations with an emphasis on equity and inclusion."
  • UNC provides faculty with "resources to support equity," including a guide on syllabus curation.
  • UNC has a DEI and Anti-Racism research guide which includes "How to Be an Anti-Racist" by Ibram X. Kendi.
  • UNC launched the UNITE Cohort program in order to give "students the opportunity to begin or continue conversations in relation to inclusion across a broad range of identities."
  • The College of Natural and Health Sciences has a STEM Inclusive Excellence Collective which "engages with campus administrators, faculty and students to create a climate of inclusive excellence in STEM on campus."
Symbolic Actions
  • The School of Psychology's Statement on Systemic Injustice and Anti-Racism states the school is "here to support our students as we all work together to dismantle systemic injustice."
  • UNC's annual Teaching and Assessment Symposium took place on March 23, 2021. The topic was "Critical and Inclusive Pedagogy: Considerations for Racially-Just Teaching and Praxis." The speaker, Dr. Chayla Haynes Davison, researches critical race theory.
  • On June 1, 2020, the university's president responded to the death of George Floyd by stating, "This tragic and unnecessary event has once again shined a spotlight on racially motivated violence and systemic discrimination in our society."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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