The Graduate School at the University of Colorado Boulder is committed to ensuring that our graduate education is accessible and welcoming for all students. This includes the active and purposeful recruitment of students from all backgrounds, especially students from traditionally underserved communities, the creation of a welcoming and productive scholarly community, and the fostering of respectful and nurturing academic and professional relationships. Nothing is more central to creating an equitable and just society than providing education for all.

While we live in a society that continues to be mired in intersectional oppression, we aspire to cultivate a climate at CU Boulder that fosters justice, equity and inclusion. We ask our graduate community to continually reexamine their practices and attitudes to ensure that they are not intentionally or unintentionally excluding or disadvantaging anyone. The educational endeavor is best served when diverse viewpoints, backgrounds and abilities are represented and empowered in the scholarly, creative and teaching process.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Goals

  • Employee skills and development
  • Student achievement outcomes
  • Community building
  • Employee recruitment outcomes
  • Preparing students to participate in a diverse democracy

CU Boulder Diversity Plan

The CU Boulder Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan is the campus’s blueprint for diversity, equity and inclusive excellence. This plan outlines goals for climateinfrastructure and leadership as well as recommendations and actions, the result of five years of collaborative work across campus.

University of Colorado Boulder Land Acknowledgment

The University of Colorado Boulder, Colorado’s flagship university, honors and recognizes the many contributions of Indigenous peoples in our state. CU Boulder acknowledges that it is located on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute and many other Native American nations. Their forced removal from these territories has caused devastating and lasting impacts. While the University of Colorado Boulder can never undo or rectify the devastation wrought on Indigenous peoples, we commit to improving and enhancing engagement with Indigenous peoples and issues locally and globally.

 We will do this by:

  • Recognizing and amplifying the voices of Indigenous CU Boulder students, staff and faculty and their work. 
  • Educating, conducting research, supporting student success and integrating Indigenous knowledge.
  • Consulting, engaging and working collaboratively with tribal nations to enhance our ability to provide access and culturally sensitive support and to recruit, retain and graduate Native American students in a climate that is inclusive and respectful.

Report a Concern

The purpose of reporting is to ensure safety and prevent further harm, offer support resources, understand the scope of the problem, and explore resolution options. Even if an individual chooses not to move forward or participate in a grievance process or investigation (through OIEC or law enforcement), they can contact OIEC for information and assistance in accessing support measures such as changes to academic, living, transportation and working situations. Visit the Office of Institutional Equity and Compliance website to learn more about how to file a complaint or receive support for any concerns.