DIO's goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive environment.

We would like to enhance opportunities and increase awareness of our diverse communities and culture & outreach programs. Engagement events give University employees opportunities to interact with and support the local community through fundraising, donations, and volunteer activities.

Committee members: Bethany Highfill, Katie Princo

Diversity workshops & events below

CU Denver: drop-in chat sessions Wednesdays 11am-1pm (zoom)  From Center from Identity & Inclusion
CU Engage and the Office for Outreach & Engagement Coffee social: 3rd Thursday each month during the academic year, 12-1pm Learn how CU can support faculty, staff, & students' work
CU Boulder: DEI Network Happy Hour  4th Thursday every month 4-5pm (zoom)  
CU Boulder: Center for Teaching and Learning Upcoming events throughout the year  Several classroom-focused seminars, workshops, and events
CU Boulder: Office of Diversity, Equity & Community Engagement News & Events  
CU Boulder Department of Ethnic Studies Drs. Shawn O’Neal and Jennifer Ho’s Anti-racism 101 CU on Coursera - 3-week program/11 hours
CU Denver’s Department of Communication Dr. Brenda J. Allen’s Inclusive Leadership: The Power of Workplace Diversity CU on Coursera - 4 weeks/21 hours
Read the IDEA Plan Inclusion, Diversity, and Excellend in Academics  
Watch the importance of “why” this effort: How diversity makes teams more innovative TED talk 


  1. Read & sign CU's Inclusivity pledge
  2. Why pronouns matter & how to be an allyTo share or not to share? If you are comfortable doing so, sharing pronouns normalizes inclusive practice. It is not recommended to require people to share their pronouns because some people may not be ready to share.
  3. Understand racial microaggressions and the messages they send. Compiled by the University of Minnesota, please take a few minutes to review. 
  4. LGBTQ resources at CU Employee Services
  5. 2021 Colorado Equal Pay ActCU Campuses prepare for Compliance. CU System HR Equal Pay Summary slides here.

Outreach - Explore how CU serves Colorado and annual focus

  • March-April: Spring Clean & donate
  • May: Dumb Friends League Furry Scurry (with SSC Health & Wellness Committee)
  • June: CU Pride 
  • June: Bike to Work Day (with SSC Health & Wellness Committee)
  • June-Aug: School supply drive (physical items & code to buy virtually)
  • Sept-Oct: Coat Drive
  • Nov-Dec: Winter Holiday Drive

To help address food insecurities in communities across the metro area, the YMCA Beyond Hunger program provides bags a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy, and grains to help people in need. Check locations and times. Sign up to reserve and pick-up. It is first come, first serve. Pick up is curb side / drive through.

  • Spring Clean ideas for those items you love and don’t use. Consider donating them. A second life is better than a trash fill.
  1. The Doe Fund: Business Attire & your personal technology.
  2. Ronald McDonald house: Office supplies, Kitchen items, Laundry room items (dryer sheets, detergent), Individually wrapped snacks, Gift cards you no longer want/need/use
  3. Denver Rescue Mission: Small furniture (not damaged), Clothing, Household items, Kitchen appliances & dishware, Non-perishable food.
  4. Clothes to Kids Denver: donate new or gently used clothes.
  5. School supplies and clothes (lists multiple organizations) for Denver Public Schools.
  6. Coats for Colorado accepting all sizes.

Please consider making a difference locally and help a local organization like the non-profits below:

CU Resources: Training & Learning 

1. CU at the Top: Diversity and Inclusion (you can browse or formally begin by completing an agreement form with your supervisor)

  • Understand and implement strategies for inclusion.
  • Uncover components of your own biases and perceptions.
  • Gain insight into other identities and experiences that are different from your own.

2. CU Denver: Center for Identity & Inclusion. Services, Virtual drop-in chat sessions, programs, resources, & events.

3. CU Boulder

4. eCornell offers free webinars on a wide variety of topics, grouped by theme (ref: Emily Osan, CU System DEI Specialist)

Some past community opportunities the committee has featured:

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