Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The Department of Mathematics affirms the core values described in the University of Colorado Boulder's Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics Plan (IDEA).  Diversity is meant to include, but not be limited to, diversity with respect to cultural differences, race/ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, (dis)ability, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy. 

The Department of Mathematics decries the historic exclusion and marginalization of groups of individuals in the mathematical sciences. We recognize that this wrong is not only a thing of the past, but that exclusion and marginalization continue to happen today, not only on the international and national levels, but also at CU Boulder and in our department. This exclusion harms students from underrepresented groups by denying them role models and devaluing their cultural perspectives.  

The Department of Mathematics believes that mathematical talent is equally present in people of all backgrounds, identities, and abilities, and that with support, this diversity of talent has the power to make the world more just and equitable. By including the perspectives and understandings of different cultures, we learn to value different ways of thinking and ways of being that are not necessarily our own.  Considering more diverse perspectives will enrich the culture of mathematics as a whole, and lead to new ways of thinking about problems.

The Department of Mathematics makes a commitment to seek to address those wrongs by taking concrete actions and implementing programs to provide equal opportunities for students, faculty and staff of all identities on campus. Real inclusion implies continually questioning our ideas about excellence, what it looks like and how we measure it.  The Department of Mathematics makes a commitment to question its practices and to educate its members, in particular with regards to issues that impact members of historically excluded groups. We envision a diverse, inclusive and supportive mathematical community at CU Boulder, and make a commitment to continue building a welcoming and positive space where faculty, staff and students of all identities feel safe and thrive.

Organizations we sponsor

http://math.colorado.edu/documents/diversity/The_Edge.png We are a Participating Sponsor for the Edge Program whose goal is to "strengthen the ability of women to pursue careers in mathematical research and education, and to place more women in visible leadership roles in the mathematics community".
http://math.colorado.edu/documents/diversity/Math_Alliance.png We are a Silver Member of the Math Alliance, an organization whose goal ensure that "every underrepresented or underserved American student with the talent and the ambition has the opportunity to earn a doctoral degree in a mathematical or statistical science".
http://math.colorado.edu/documents/diversity/AWM.png We are an institutional member of the Association for Women in Mathematics, an organization dedicated to supporting women in mathematics.