Building a more diverse and inclusive institution is a key element in Colorado College's strategic plan. Based on our plan, the college is moving from three different diversity statements to one. The following statement, developed from the work of faculty/staff and student strategic action teams, was approved by the Colorado College Board of Trustees at its November 2014 meeting.
At Colorado College, we aim to create a fruitful climate for intellectual and scholarly growth, meaningful interaction, and common endeavors. Diversity and inclusion are key to a liberal arts education of the highest caliber.
As we celebrate the increasing diversity of students, faculty and staff at Colorado College, we recognize that vigorous living, learning, and teaching require more than a campus of variety and difference. Our mission to engage the college in a vibrant exchange of ideas thrives on a multitude of backgrounds, experiences, perspectives and viewpoints. We are committed to cultivating mutual respect, empathy and understanding, and to building constructive and rewarding working and social relationships.
To these ends, we actively pursue the following goals:
- Create a campus community that is broadly accessible to individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and aspirations. We will identify and draw on the talents and promise of local, national and global populations in our admission of students and our hiring of faculty and staff.
- Foster an equitable intellectual and social climate that is inclusive, and respectful of human dignity. We acknowledge that categories of difference are fluid and not necessarily fixed. We respect individual rights to self-identification and expression, and we encourage activities, gatherings, and conversations in which individuals from all walks of life are able and eager to fully participate.
- Promote full engagement in courses, curricula, co-curricular programs, and projects. We will provide resources and space for distinctive projects that further our diversity goals and our shared interests and ideals.
As we pursue and fulfill these goals, we will prepare our students to be conscientious and critical thinkers, and considerate and responsible citizens and leaders.
Colorado College aims to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. As a leading institution in higher education, we strive for inclusive excellence in access to, and development and delivery of, outstanding learning opportunities and success for our diverse community of individuals who teach, learn, and work at the college. We pursue the equal opportunity of individuals to fully participate in our mission.
Colorado College is an equal opportunity employer committed to increasing the diversity of its community. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, age, religion, gender identity or expression, disability, or sexual orientation in our educational programs and activities or our employment practices.