The Women & Gender Collaborative connects and promotes efforts that support the University’s mission to improve campus culture and climate around gender and make Colorado State University the best place for women to work and learn.
The Women & Gender Collaborative was developed with these principles in mind:
- A single effort will not be sufficient or effective. Changing campus culture and climate depends on, and must include, participation and effort from diverse groups with diverse interests that address a wide range of issues.
- To effectively address a problem it must first be adequately understood. This requires building a foundation of education and continued learning for the entire campus community through critical reflection, listening, and open dialogue.
- There are existing groups on campus that have been committed to doing work around women and gender. It should be a priority to bring them together and centrally promote their activities as part of a larger, more comprehensive campus-wide effort.
- There may be interested individuals who want to get involved but don’t know how. They are a crucial audience to engage and empower so everyone can effectively contribute to making positive changes at CSU.
- Culture change requires participation from – and engagement with – multiple audiences. This includes those who are not always initially interested in or adequately informed about how gender shapes our everyday experiences. These groups must also be engaged and equipped with the necessary tools to contribute to creating an inclusive and equitable campus culture.