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University of Northern Colorado

Undergraduate School

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1051 22nd Street
Box 10
Greeley, Colorado 80639
(970) 351-2881
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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: 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

Admissions Policies
  • On June 27, 2023, UNC issued an update to its community as it strives to become a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and stated, "Acknowledging this rising demography, UNC launched a intentional effort to grow our Latina/o student population through varied outreach to families, high schools, churches, and community organizations." Additionally, the university has "initiated bilingual and bicultural admissions outreach efforts."
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.
  • The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion provides various trainings that are "designed to nurture a community in which all students, staff and faculty are provided with tools that promote equity-minded practices."
  • As part of its commitment to anti-racism, UNC Libraries states that it would "[l]everage culturally responsive training to better understand systematic and historical oppression and how we can create a more just society."
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."
  • Through UNC's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the DEI Fellows Program "designed to provide UNC’s faculty and staff with opportunities to develop competency & praxis in equity and inclusion." Through this program, "Fellows will design and develop a project for the fellowship year, culminating in a campus-wide training or initiative."
  • The Teaching for Inclusion & Equity Program at UNC was designed for its faculty and doctoral students in order to "enhance student learning and academic success by adopting an equity-minded, inclusive approach to teaching and learning."
Re-Imagining Policing
  • On July 17, 2020, the Vice President of the Division of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion announced that the division has "agreed to have implicit bias training for the UNC police department in September [2020]."
  • 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."
  • UNC's Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion lists and links to its many policies, practices and programs.
  • The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at UNC hosted an online event titled, "The Need for Anti-racism policies and practices in CEBS" and stated, "Our hope is that the content of the conversations from this event will inform and help create an anti-racism action plan for the college."
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."
  • As part of the 2023 Black Heritage Month celebration at UNC, the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion stated, "Black Resistance, the 2023 theme for Black Heritage Month, focuses on the impact of historical oppression and systemic injustice and the continued work that is needed to create a future that is more equitable and inclusive of everyone."
  • UNC Libraries has issued an Anti-racism statement which states the following: "We also acknowledge and affirm that the United States was founded on white supremacy which has built systematic racism into laws, policies, and practices which impact people of color to this day.  We stand in solidarity with communities of color and strive to redress these wrongs."
  • As part of its commitment to anti-racism, UNC Libraries will "[c]ollect more books by and for Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and other traditionally minoritized groups."
  • UNC's Counseling Center issued a Diversity Statement which reads in part as follows: "These recurrences are a national issue, a consequence of decades of systemic racism, White supremacy, and myriad forms of systemic oppression. The campus community is not immune from such forms of injustice...We at the UNC Counseling Center condemn systemic injustices, these recent acts, and firmly believe that such tragedies continue to represent an unacceptable norm."
Last updated February 15th, 2024
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