Mission Statement

The Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement works to achieve the University's commitment to inclusive excellence and uphold it as a priority across the campus. The office fosters CU-Boulder's vision for a diverse campus climate and works with students, faculty, and staff to implement the campus diversity plan. Programs and activities are sponsored by ODECE to engage the campus and community members in valuing our common experiences and celebrating our differences.

Human diversity includes, but is not limited to ethnicity, race, gender, age, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, religion, disability, political viewpoints, veteran status, gender identity or expression, and health status.

ODECE’s Commitment to our Mission During COVID-19

As with the rest of CU Boulder during the novel coronavirus pandemic, ODECE has shifted its operations entirely online to the remote work environment. We are committed to working to achieve inclusive excellence and uphold it as a priority through online and virtual interactions and programming. We intend to adapt and evolve our support approaches for creating an inclusive campus climate for students, faculty and staff as the campus plan for remote working, teaching, learning, research and creative work continues to likewise evolve according to university policy and guidance from governmental authorities.

To the best of our ability, ODECE will continue to foster collaboration across the campus in making excellence inclusive by:

  • Providing internet hotspots and laptop computers to individual students who demonstrate need; referring students to appropriate financial, health and support services as needed
  • Moving student-facing programming online whenever possible, in both synchronous and asynchronous formats
  • Engaging in new and flexible modes of communication to meet our students and our faculty and staff partners where they are at in terms of both logistics and mental and emotional capacity
  • Planning future events and programs to take place fully remotely, with possible hybrid options when those become clearer under the guidance of the CU Boulder coronavirus response team and senior leadership
  • Nurturing our relationships with colleagues and partners across the departments and units to share conversations and resources about inclusive remote teaching and working practices
  • Supporting departments and units in their efforts to further the work of the Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan, where possible, in a remote fashion
  • Supporting the broader impact statements of federal grant proposals through the provision of required data and text as requested