Next week will see the campus celebrate the 20th annual Diversity and Inclusion Summit, to be hosted in the University Memorial Center on Nov. 11 and 12. I want to extend a personal invitation to each member of the campus community to attend this important two-day event. This summit raises awareness on the need for our campus to continually transform itself to become more diverse, more welcoming and more inclusive of individuals, communities and ideas.
As we look forward to Veterans Day this Tuesday, Nov. 11, I encourage you to take a moment and consider the debt of gratitude we owe our veterans. Without their service and dedication to our nation, our freedom and liberties would not be as secure as they are today. I cordially invite you to attend the Veteran’s Day Commemoration Ceremony in the Folsom Field Stadium Club at 11 a.m. on Veteran’s Day.
Presented every four years, the Social Climate Survey provides the campus with an in-depth look at the experiences our students have inside and outside the classroom. How is the campus social climate is experienced by students with different interests, beliefs and social identities? The university values these differences and wants to make sure that all students feel welcome, accepted and free to express their views.
Results from this survey inform campus decision-making, and those who complete the survey are making a vital contribution to our understanding of the campus climate. All students who complete the survey will be entered into a drawing for one of five $500 cash awards.
The 20th annual University of Colorado Boulder Diversity and Inclusion Summit will be held Nov. 11-12. This year, the summit continues with the theme “Building the Road Map." Complete summit schedule.
"Having our entire campus community and city and county of Boulder employees participate in the Diversity and Inclusion Summit is the key to having a successful summit and thus moving forward with our overall goal of helping our campus and community reach the goal of being a place that exemplifies diversity and inclusion," said Alphonse Keasley, CU-Boulder's assistant vice chancellor for campus climate and community engagement.
What are the chances of an Ebola case coming to CU? Extremely low. But in the same fashion that we prepare for floods, fires and other emergencies, dozens of campus leaders are developing response plans for this unlikely event. If you have not recently traveled to West Africa or been exposed to someone with Ebola, there isn’t much to be concerned about.
The University of Colorado Boulder has distinguished itself for the commitment of our campus community to civic discourse as a driver of our missions of research, teaching, and service. One of the most important ways to fulfill that commitment is by voting. I urge all CU-Boulder faculty, staff, students and alumni to exercise your right to vote and to make your voice heard in the upcoming elections.
As a physics education researcher, Valerie Otero mentors university faculty and community K-12 teachers who teach in a variety of science disciplines to help them build learning environments that are empowering for students. She is driven to continue to improve the way science is taught, at all levels, and believes in progressive learning environments that enable students to use and develop the critical and creative intelligence they already have.
There are multiple benefits to learning a new language such as Italian, according to senior instructor Priscilla Craven. Not only does it deepen an understanding of another culture, it also enhances employment opportunities in a global economy. Students can develop better overall communication and adaptability, which are skills that can be applied to other fields.
On Thursday, Oct. 23, a partial solar eclipse will grace Colorado skies. If you want to catch a glimpse of it, the University of Colorado Boulder’s Fiske Planetarium is selling eclipse-safe glasses for viewing and hosting a viewing event on the lawns surrounding the venue.