October 25, 2019

Dear Vice Chancellor Boswell and the IDEA Plan Authoring Committee [the Committee]:

With this letter, we acknowledge the receipt of the Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan that was transmitted to us on October 17, 2019, and we recognize it as the final and official work product of the Committee. The IDEA Plan [the Plan] represents the culmination of more than three years of campuswide discussion, reflection, and synthesis, and we appreciate all of the work, vision, and passionate commitment that went into the preparation of this important document.

Our acceptance of the document acknowledges a few key things: first, that the IDEA Plan is now the official report of record that will serve as our central advisory document for our work together to create a more inclusive and collaborative climate on the Boulder campus; second, that our enthusiastic acceptance of the plan as our guide now challenges us to prioritize and adapt its key ideas within our resource realities and environments. To this end, effective immediately, we will begin the implementation of key elements of the plan, including the review of our current campus and unitpolicies as they pertain to inclusivity and campus climate, as well as a review of our current--and development of future--training and professional development resources for our faculty, staff and students. Details of our implementation plans will be communicated to the campus in the coming weeks.

In the interest of transparency, and to make certain all campus stakeholders are fully cognizant of the Committee's important work, we will post the IDEA Plan and this letter of acceptance on our websites, and engage fulsome communications beginning Oct. 30.

In closing, thank you again for all for your valuable contributions and passionate commitments to this effort. Your work will enable our community to better serve our students, staff, and faculty at CU Boulder, and I believe it marks a key moment of transformation for our campus.


Philip D. Distefano, Chancellor, University of Colorado Boulder

Kelly Fox, Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Operating Officer, University of Colorado Boulder

Russell Moore, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost, University of Colorado Boulder

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Archive: Messages from Campus at the Start of the Inclusive Excellence Process

Chancellor's Message

Imagine a University of Colorado Boulder where individual differences are viewed as a key strength of our university. Think of a campus where people are not singled out, or marginalized because of their differences. Rather they are viewed as foundational to a vibrant community of learning and as critical to our success as physical infrastructure, technology, state and federal funding, or the support of donors and alumni.

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Chancellor DiStefano announces the results of the most recent student climate surveys.

"The challenge at hand is to engage, for the first time in our history, in a comprehensive effort to craft a strategic plan for diversity, equity and inclusive excellence." —Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano

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Vice Chancellor's Message

With spring upon us, it is a good time to update the campus on the work the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) is doing with communities and partners on campus to continue our progress toward making excellence inclusive.

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The Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement has worked throughout 2016 and 2017 in reviewing the collective input of the campus and strategizing initial efforts to respond to pressing requests for highlighted and increased resources. Many thanks to the large proportion of campus units (over 90 percent) who submitted narratives in response to the initiative. ODECE will reconvene our steering committee members in Spring and Summer of 2018 to build on our summary report of our process, findings and common themes across campus units to inform, in conjunction with information from the Academic Futures process, as we craft the Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence Plan for the Fall of 2018.

View the full message from the Vice Chancellor regarding the start of our making excellence inclusive process.

Provost Message

The Diversity, Inclusion and Academic Excellence planning process is designed to facilitate discussions about CU-Boulder’s definition of inclusive excellence and to embed these principles into the fabric of the university.

SVC/COO Message

Being inclusive consists of a desire to discover and embrace points of view that are not a part of each person’s native experience. It is a basis for personal development and civic engagement.

Read the full message from SVC/COO Fox