At Colorado State University, diversity, equity, and inclusion are more than words – they are a call to action. Through proactive efforts and meaningful progress, we are working towards our vision of an inclusive university community that welcomes and affirms diversity of people, perspectives, and ideas.

Office of the Vice President for Diversity

Founded in 2010, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity (VPD) is committed to fostering an inclusive campus environment through the active engagement of Colorado State University employees. 


VPD resources to support the individual include the Educate Yourself blog, trainings such as Creating Inclusive Excellence Program and the Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence, the Diversity Symposium, and more.


VPD resources aimed at the organizational level include specialized trainings tailored for specific units, the development of departmental diversity plans, community building affinity groups, and more.


At the systemic level, the VPD conducts the Employee Climate Survey and offers intersectional takeaways and department-specific data. VPD committees such as the President’s Commission on Diversity and Inclusion, make policy change recommendations and develop new university-wide initiatives.

University Diversity Statement

Colorado State University is committed to embracing diversity through the inclusion of individuals reflective of characteristics such as: age, culture, different ideas and perspectives, disability, ethnicity, first generation status, familial status, gender identity and expression, geographic background, marital status, national origin, race, religious and spiritual beliefs, sex, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, physical appearance, medical diagnosis, documentation status, and veteran status with special attention given to populations historically underrepresented or excluded from participation in higher education. The University’s commitment to diversity is a longstanding one that reflects our role and mission as a land-grant institution.


Through community collaboration, we provide leadership, accountability, and education to advance an inclusive university culture that prioritizes equity at individual, organizational, and structural levels.


Colorado State University will be a modern land grant institution that embodies diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice as fundamental values that inform our practices so all may access and realize their full potential.

Areas of Focus

The Office of the Vice President for Diversity (VPD) fosters an inclusive environment that promotes and nurtures diversity, broadly defined, at Colorado State University. Our goal is to further develop an environment where all members of the University community are welcomed, valued, and affirmed. Consistent with the University Strategic Plan, we achieve this by focusing on the following areas:

  1. Actively support efforts to increase recruitment, retention, and promotion of faculty and staff from historically marginalized and excluded populations;
  2. actively support efforts to increase retention and recruitment of students of color from historically marginalized and excluded populations;
  3. build an environment where students are more culturally competent and have skills to enter into a diverse global workplace;
  4. improve the campus climate of inclusion;
  5. enhance effectiveness of curriculum, educational programs, and research, with regard to diversity and inclusion; and
  6. increase outreach and engagement with external communities.