December 2015
Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano Philip P. DiStefano

Dear Friends,

As 2015 comes to a close and we are thinking about our communities on campus, across the nation and around the world, I wanted to write you a short note.

Today we are proud to be graduating 1,700 students during our winter commencement. With their CU-Boulder education they have given themselves the power to transform themselves and the world. They have learned valuable lessons in critical thinking, civil discourse, collaborative decision making and informed solutions.

In that same spirit of conversation, understanding and collaboration, and in light of the turmoil around the country related to race relations and safety, we are engaged with representatives of undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty to collaboratively ensure that CU-Boulder is a welcoming and safe place for everyone.

For some time now we have been engaging in a comprehensive strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. This plan will help to ensure the university is all that we want it to be ­ – an inclusive and diverse community whose values are apparent in all its work. 

Highlights of 2015

CU-Boulder Highlights 2015 collage of photos

2015 was a year to remember on campus. History Professor Elizabeth Fenn won the Pulitzer Prize in April, New Horizons hurtled past Pluto in July with a history-making instrument built by CU-Boulder students to capture the evolution of the solar system and the campus hosted a Republican presidential debate in October. Add to that the 20th national championship by the ski team and it made for quite a year. We've selected 15 highlights of 2015 at CU-Boulder to share with you.

Yvonne and I wish you a peaceful holiday in your home and around the globe.

From our CU Buffs family to yours, Happy Holidays.

Philip P. DiStefano