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.

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.


The Office of the Vice President for Diversity offers leadership and direction intended to build capacity at the individual, organizational, and structural level to shape and maintain a university climate that is inclusive and provides access for all its members.


Colorado State University will be an organization that is inclusive of all its members and leverages diversity and inclusion as an organizational best practice that provides equitable access to opportunities and resources that allow all to realize their full potential.

For more information, please see our office’s progress report: 2010- 2018 Progress Report of the Office of the Vice President for Diversity