Chancellor Philip DiStefano today announced the immediate actions for change he and his administration will take 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.
“Many of you have told me you want immediate and sustained action to change the history of systemic racism and inequality in our country, our community and at our institution,” DiStefano said. “The actions I am announcing today are our start. I acknowledge we have a long, difficult road ahead, and we must all work together.”
These actions for change (see below) and additional information are available on the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE) campus actions page, and will be updated continuously based on progress, perspectives and priorities shared by the campus community, continued understanding, and the need for transparency and accountability moving forward.
Among the next steps the chancellor and other campus leaders plan to take before mid-July is the immediate implementation of the campus Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics (IDEA) Plan, which was approved earlier this year.
“We have much hard and uncomfortable work to do if we expect the change we desire at CU Boulder to take hold, much of which begins within our own minds and hearts,” DiStefano said. “I will provide updates on our progress each month—including our successes, obstacles, failures and new opportunities—so we can deepen our understanding, continue to act, sustain our work together and bring anti-racism, diversity, equity and inclusion into everything we do.”
Additional actions are forthcoming, but the chancellor announced the following actions for change that will begin this week: