CU Boulder recognizes its obligation to redress systemic racism and to foster a campus culture that confronts racism and promotes equity for students, faculty and staff. CU Boulder commits to taking a series of immediate actions in advance of the Fall 2020 semester.
These actions are CU Boulder’s initial response and will be augmented with other actions that will occur in the Fall and Spring semesters, as well as long-term actions that will extend into Academic Year 2021.
Update and enhance our faculty and staff hiring practices to achieve greater representation of persons of color in our community and to better express the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion to all who would consider becoming part of our university.
Provide mandatory implicit bias training for all members of search committees and everyone who votes on faculty hires to ensure that our faculty recruiting process is not affected by unconscious biases that limit opportunities for diverse scholars.
The provost's office will begin to reallocate open faculty lines to fund hires that broadly support diversity and inclusion.
Evaluate the mandatory qualifications for staff searches to ensure that qualifications reflect true competencies for positions.
Update and enhance our student recruitment and retention policies and practices
Analyze in-state and out-of-state recruiting strategies to ensure that CU Boulder recruits from schools that support communities of color.
Develop applications and admission documents that highlight the importance of diversity, inclusion, and equity and communicate CU Boulder’s expectations that incoming students will support campus values.
Implement mandatory bystander training for faculty, staff, and students.
Engage with the CU System and CU Student Government in examining our procurement practices with Colorado Correctional Industries.
Complete a review of our campus police policies and procedures to align with best community and campus practices, including the protections contained within SB20-217.
Charge CU Boulder faculty with developing a CU 101 anti-racism module for first-year students that explores the toxicity of racism in U.S. history, U.S. life and at CU Boulder and delves into ways to act against it in our daily lives on and off campus.
Continue engagement between CU Police Department, CUSG, United Government of Graduate Students, and student organizations of color to improve mutual understanding and law enforcement transparency and accountability to the campus.
Form the Council for Community and Inclusion recommended in the IDEA Plan and begin implementation of the IDEA Plan.
Implementation of the IDEA Plan
We also commit to the immediate implementation of the Five Action Areas of Focus – known as the “CLIMB recommendations”– of the IDEA Plan, beginning with the immediate formation of the Council for Community and Inclusion to prioritize and steer ongoing actions, owners and accountability as we move into the coming academic year:
Cultivate success for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body with new financial resources and programming
Learn and leadeffective efforts to attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff
Increase financial resources and incentives to undertake diversity and inclusion work
Move accountability for diversity and inclusion from the periphery to core institutional functioning
Build institutional infrastructures and human capacity to implement the plan
Our Response to Incidents of Racist & Discriminatory Speech
While as a public institution we must acknowledge each person’s First Amendment right to free speech, we want to be clear: Racist and discriminatory speech runs counter to our values and is not welcome at CU Boulder. We strongly encourage anyone who doesn’t want to or believes they cannot live our values of respecting the rights of others and accepting our differences to reconsider their ability to be a productive member of our community.
The Chancellor announces immediate actions for change to advance anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion at CU Boulder. The eight actions are designed to transform the CU Boulder experience for Black students, faculty and staff; for all students, faculty and staff of color; and for other marginalized individuals and groups.
Bob Boswell, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
Akirah Bradley, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
Valerie Simons, Associate Vice Chancellor for OIEC and Title IX Coordinator