In fall 2022, academic and administrative unit leaders began using the results of the Campus Culture Survey and other resources to initiate next steps for developing action plans to address challenges impeding our ability to create and sustain a more inclusive campus environment.
Broadly speaking, the goals of these action plans are to promote greater diversity, equity and inclusion and to further support the academic, research and career success of students, faculty and staff. They focus on eliminating barriers disproportionately affecting minoritized people and impacting their achievement, safety and sense of community.
The goals are intentionally broad, unit-focused, flexible and formative so units can consider local contexts as they create outcomes and their own action plans.
- Staff diversity, equity and inclusion consultants from the office of the senior vice chancellor for DEI are working with unit leaders to set goals and propose outcomes appropriate for specific units, locate resources needed to support the work, and determine the success of the goals and outcomes.
- Staff consultants are providing coaching and support, helping to illuminate needed work to advance unit goals, and connecting units to other units to synthesize efforts. These efforts will build the accountability and transparency needed to demonstrate progress.
- Units are prioritizing one or two goals and have the independence and flexibility to put their goals into action in ways that align with their priorities, context and previous work.
- With the support of designated senior staff consultants, units are working to tie in recommendations from the chancellor’s strategic priorities, the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan, the five DEI goals inspired by the IDEA Plan, the Buff Undergraduate Success initiative and other campus efforts.
- Units should also involve students and employees while collecting information related to their priority goals and regularly solicit their ideas, information and insights.
- Employees and students have access to an online resources hub that will curate research and other resources designed to build and share knowledge related to diversity, equity and inclusion.
- Campus units will have opportunities to participate in community gatherings to share challenges and successes with students, staff, faculty, campus leaders, shared governance groups and other members of the CU Boulder community.
- Starting in spring 2023, individuals, groups or units will be able to submit Impact Grant proposals that will be peer-reviewed and evaluated for the extent to which they support the campus's five DEI goals, demonstrate collaboration and reflect unit support. Proposals for summer 2023 initiatives will be accepted in January and proposals for academic and yearlong initiatives beginning in August 2023 will be accepted in February.