What is the IDEA Plan?

The Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan serves as the university’s evolving blueprint and guide to embracing the ever-widening variety of people, cultures, identities, experiences, philosophies, and ideas vital to building CU Boulder as an equitable 21st century public research institution. The plan has Three Key Goals with Five Action Areas of Focus.

The Three Key Goals:

1.Climate -Create a richly diverse, inclusive and equitable learning and working environment.

2. Infrastructure -Empower individuals and university entities to enact transformational diversity, equity and inclusive excellence work.

3. Leadership -Create a permanent focus on diversity, equity and inclusive excellence as a deeply understood and shared priority among campus leaders at all levels. 

Five Strategic Action Areas (CLIMB)

1. Cultivate success for a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body with new financial resources and programming

2. Learn and lead effective efforts to attract and retain a diverse faculty and staff

3. Increase financial resources and incentives to undertake diversity and inclusion work

4. Move accountability for diversity and inclusion from the periphery to core institutional functioning

5. Build institutional infrastructures and human capacity to implement the plan

What is the IDEA Council?

The IDEA Council serves as a designated campus leadership team and advisory board that prioritizes and makes recommendations to campus leadership to implement the IDEA Plan. The group is a representative body of individuals appointed by Vice Chancellors and Deans from across all major areas of campus. The council is convened by the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) on a monthly basis to inform institutional strategy and make recommendations to leadership regarding prioritization and implementation of IDEA Plan actions. The IDEA Council is co-chaired by a tenured faculty member and a Strategic Resources and Support division member.

What can I do to support the effort?
  • Read the IDEA Plan
  • Ask about and engage in diversity efforts in your department
  • Think about how you can apply recommendations outlined in the Idea Plan to your daily life