University of Colorado Boulder will invest $25 million over the next five years into diversity initiatives, Chancellor Phil DiStefano announced today, including programs to recruit, retain and support students, faculty and staff from underrepresented communities.
“Over the past year events across the country have magnified historic racial and social injustice,” DiStefano said. “Our community of our faculty, staff and students have increasingly called upon us to move the needle to accelerate campus progress with regards to diversity, equity and inclusion. I believe over the past year we’ve done some good things, but we have to do more and there’s no doubt about it.”
Programs to support underrepresented communities on campus include admission, retention and graduation; financial access to higher education; mental health and wellness services; workforce recruitment, retention and progression; and establishing and maintaining community on campus.
DiStefano and other campus leaders will work with students, faculty and staff to define exactly what those programs will look like, he said. Members of the campus IDEA Council — which stands for Inclusion, Diversity and Excellence in Academics — as well as other student, faculty and staff groups will be asked for input, DiStefano said.
The initial $25 million in funding will come from one-time revenue sources, such as auxiliary and external lease revenue, said spokesperson Deborah Méndez Wilson in a statement. The goal is to build an additional $1 million per year into the campus’ continuing budget so that the funding continues after the fifth year.
This is a developing story and will be updated.
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