Colorado State University Diversity Statement

Colorado State University has a unique mission in the State of Colorado. As a land grant University we are committed to a foundational principle of inclusive excellence recognizing that our institutional success depends on how well we welcome, value, and affirm all members of the Colorado State community. Only through the inclusion of the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, and alumni can we truly be excellent in our pursuits.

Our inclusive excellence efforts hinge on four key ideas:

Broad and inclusive definition of diversity

We recognize that in order to truly be inclusive we must draw attention to the depth and breadth of the diversity represented at Colorado State. Our definition includes 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, and veteran status. We also recognize that the historical exclusion and marginalization of specific social groups must be addressed to promote equity.

Inclusiveness and excellence are interdependent

We recognize that in order to continue to stay current in the global marketplace and stay relevant in an increasingly diverse world, we must embody inclusion. To practice inclusiveness is excellence.

Everyone is responsible for inclusive excellence

All members of the campus community (administrators, faculty, staff, students, and alumni) must recognize and assume responsibility for the climate of the university. A unit or person can drive the process, but every individual at Colorado State assumes responsibility for positive change.

Inclusive excellence goes beyond numbers

Historically, diversity has been gauged by demographics or numbers; we must move beyond solely numbers toward an inclusive community that embeds diversity throughout the institution in multiple areas including demographics, policies, and communications; curriculum, pedagogy, and student learning; recruitment, hiring and retention, evaluation and supervision.

Achieving inclusive excellence is a long-term commitment and must have a comprehensive broad approach, embedding appreciation of all members and inclusion best practices into the very fabric of Colorado State’s organizational culture.

Our Guiding Principles

In conjunction with the implementation of inclusive excellence we adhere to Guiding Principles which inform our office policies, inclusion efforts, strategic priorities, and training initiatives.

  1. Increasing diversity and inclusion efforts on campus are essential to the continued excellence of the institution.
  2. Inclusion intentionally creates work, learning, and service environments which are mindful of every member reaching their full potential.
  3. Underrepresented and misrepresented populations or groups have been historically excluded and marginalized from social systems and academia, both intentionally and unintentionally.
  4. Systems which exclude and marginalize members based on social identity do not maximize potential of all members or achieve Inclusive Excellence.
  5. Diversity and inclusion policies and practices are essential to stay competitive and competent in the global market place and are necessary in the recruitment and retention of a diverse workforce.
  6. Differing backgrounds and experiences, both intentionally and unintentionally, impact how we are perceived and treated at Colorado State.
  7. Differing backgrounds and experiences, both intentionally and unintentionally, impact how we perceive and treat others at Colorado State.
  8. Implicit bias and stereotyping can negatively impact our interactions and hiring practices at Colorado State.
  9. Inclusion intentionally values all voices and contributors.
  10. Diversity and inclusion must recognize both domestic diversity and international diversity.
  11. Interrupting intentional and unintentional incidents of bias and using inclusive language are necessary to create inclusive spaces.
  12. Each member of the campus community has an impact on the climate of diversity and inclusion positively or negatively through everyday attitudes and actions.
  13. Multicultural awareness and competency allows our community to more effectively act with integrity and respect.
  14. Inclusion practices must be implemented at individual, group, and organizational levels.
  15. Striving for inclusion is challenging and necessary to achieve excellence.