The courage and sacrifice of protesters following the unjust killings of Black Americans has advanced opportunities to address ongoing social inequities and deeply embedded systemic racism. As CU Boulder professionals, we must recognize and challenge our personal privilege and the biases that perpetuate inequalities on this campus, in higher education and throughout the broader global community. In doing so, we reaffirm our shared “commitment to building CU Boulder as a diverse, inclusive, and equitable public research university for the 21st century,”  as articulated in the campus IDEA Plan for (Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics).

As we work to cultivate a more inclusive campus community where every student, staff and faculty member knows they are valued and feels a sense of belonging; and where everyone has the opportunity to bring their diverse perspectives to solving the challenges of our time, we invite your collaboration and appreciate your insights.

The following strategies and resources, while not comprehensive, were researched and compiled by Julie Graf and Lisa Romero de Mendoza, both of the Biological Sciences Initiative at CU Boulder. While many of the strategies and citations are science-based, the general principles apply to all disciplines of academic research and creative works.  We would like to thank those who reviewed and contributed to these strategies:  Anne-Barrie Hunter, Rebecca Ciancanelli, Lee Niswander, Paul Muhlrad, Edward Chuong, Deborah Wuttke,Theresa Hernández, Deane Bowers, Christopher Lowry, Timothy O’Neill, Joan Gabriele, Sharon Anderson, Robert L. Spencer and Michael Baratta.

A condensed version of the strategies appear below. For more information, including references and resources, please download the full document. Download document 

Untapped – The term untapped is used throughout below because it emphasizes the significant potential of students for whom opportunities in research have been lacking.

Strategies for Fostering an Inclusive Research Environment