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Progress and Priorities

Student enrollment reflects our commitment to diversity. For example:

  • In 2004, 14.3% of our students identified as American ethnic minorities;
    in 2014, 24.7% of our students identify as American ethnic minorities. 
  • In 2004, 1.7% of our students were international;
    in 2014, 6.4% of our students are international. 
  • The incoming class this fall was made up of 27% persons of color, and 7% are international students.

Our leadership also reflects our commitment to diversity. For example:

  • Two of the college’s four highest-ranking officials – president of the college, dean of the college, vice president for finance and administration, and vice president for student life/dean of students – are people of color;
  • 35% of the extended leadership team (leaders who report directly to members of Cabinet) are persons of color. 

Priorities

  • The college will add faculty in fields that offer a critical examination of diversity and inclusion:  Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, and Southwest Studies.

  • Strong programs for developing and retaining diverse faculty and staff are among the priorities for the Workplace Excellence initiative of our strategic plan.

  • We have put stronger policies in place for protecting every member of our community, with one anti-discrimination policy that applies to faculty and staff, and one Title IX policy for students, faculty, and staff.

  • Our Excel@CC program, which is part of the Workplace Excellence initiative of our strategic plan, includes multi-session tracks for building a more diverse and inclusive workplace with distinct offerings for both faculty and staff.

  • Every new search committee will include dedicated, trained representatives for diversity and inclusion.

  • The charge of the new Butler Center underscores that our goal is not assimilation, but rather to transform Colorado College.  Paul Buckley, as assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion/director of The Butler Center, discusses diversity in the context of a broad definition, encompassing socioeconomic, gender, sexual, accessibility, age, national origin, and racial and ethnic diversity.

  • Building a more diverse and inclusive institution is a key element in the college’s strategic plan. Based on our plan, the college has moved from three different diversity statements to a single statement.