University of Colorado & Diversity

Read our Employer Profile As of Fall 2016, the University of Colorado welcomed 17,151 ethnically diverse students to an already growing, diverse university.

CU students, faculty and staff believe that this diversity, equity and inclusion are essential to the betterment and richness of our university. We value inclusiveness in teaching, co-curricular programming, admissions and more.

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

Under the University of Colorado’s Board of Regents policy, each campus is committed to building a community of students, faculty and staff in which diversity is a fundamental value. Differences among people are what we call diversity – a natural and enriching hallmark of life.  A climate of healthy diversity is one in which people value a rich panoply of diverse ideas, perspectives and backgrounds, individual and group differences, and communicate openly.

Diversity in Action

To fully realize its mission and vision, the University of Colorado is committed to fostering diversity, inclusion and cultural competency on all campuses. Each CU campus has created a diversity plan that addresses its specific circumstances and imperatives for all faculty, staff, students and alumni.

Examples of each campuses’ efforts include:

  • Training
    • Safe Zone Training (LGBTQ+)
    • Crucial Conversations
    • Discrimination and Sexual Misconduct
    • Search Committees
    • Diversity and Cultural Competency
  • Committees (Universitywide)

Multiple faculty and student committees serve on each campus to better promote the equity and support for all students, faculty and staff. CU has several faculty committees made up of representatives on each campus to improve the cultural climate for underrepresented/minority faculty members at the university. These include:


  • Centers and Programs

Each campus has an Office of Diversity and Equity as a point of contact to further achieve the university’s commitment to inclusive excellence and uphold this as a priority across all campuses. Additional initiatives, services, programs and centers include, but are not limited to, disability services, multicultural student groups, veteran services, religious services, women’s resources, gender and sexuality centers, and more for all faculty, staff, students, alumni and community members.

  • Systemwide Commemoration and Recognition Programs
    • President’s Diversity Award
      • This annual award recognizes significant achievements of faculty, staff, students and campus units in developing a culturally and intellectually diverse university community reflective of inclusive excellence.
    • Diversity and Excellence Grants
      • The university awards several grants each year to innovative projects that creatively advance the principles of diversity and inclusion in substantive ways.
  • Campus Events
    • University of Colorado Diversity Summit
      • At the annual summit, faculty, staff and administration examine and learn best practices and tangible strategies to effectively improve and foster inclusion at each campus and the university system.
    • Annual TRANSforming Gender Conference
      • The CU Boulder Gender and Sexuality Center provides a place to discuss gender and sexuality issues with prominent keynote speakers and workshops for student and employees.
    • UCCS Diversity and Inclusion Summit
      • Speakers present on key topics surrounding diversity and inclusion at this annual summit hosted by University of Colorado Colorado Springs.

For a complete picture of each University of Colorado Campus and their diversity and inclusiveness initiatives, visit each campuses’ website:

                University of Colorado Denver

                University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

                University of Colorado Colorado Springs

                University of Colorado Boulder

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