Department Actions

What actions are departments taking to be antiracist at CU?

Here we will share plans that departments and programs have created. 

Natural Sciences

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences (ATOC)

ATOC faculty chair replaced Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee faculty chair and opened the committee to anyone who wanted to join. The committee now has about 25 members and have voted to waive graduate student application fees, created a mentor program for students applying to the graduate program, and host seminars that address bias and microaggressions in the ATOC community.

An active Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion action plan was written in 2018. Since then, the plan has been adopted by the faculty committee and working group and is being actively implemented. There is also an opportunity for graduate students to get credit for working on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion formal committee.

Five graduate student working groups have been formed to address undergraduate curriculum, beyond CU outreach, program improvement, faculty and staff communication, and collaboration.

Social Sciences

Ethnic Studies

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Economics

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Anthropology

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Economics

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Anthropology

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Non-Department Initiatives

United Campus Workers (UCW)

CU’s new union’s antiracism committee is focused on holding campus leaders accountable for their promises, Lupita Montoya, CCI.

University of Colorado Student Government

Formed a police oversight and accountability committee that involves CUPD representatives, additional students, and a few faculty.

Geography

Co-host colloquium joint seminar series with GEOL, INSTAAR, GEOG, and ATOC one time a month in which underrepresented scientists are invited to present. Graduate students are responsible for talks, workshops, and/or activism at least one time a semester. Graduate students are also self-organizing into reading “small acts of resistance.”

Geology

Formed a Diversity and Inclusion Committee that met weekly over the summer of 2020 to create an “action item statement” with tangible goals that promote diversity and inclusion. 

Allies

Allies have submitted their ideas for how to create systems change at CU https://docs.google.com/document/d/1V2Bf70pFsTQ8J8TN0BR25yMZGQQKciu-MeD41727KVw/edit?usp=sharing

Center for Humanities and the Arts

Antiracism brainstorming session held through zoom in July 2020 with 31 attendees comprised of students, staff, faculty, and administration from different departments.

Five graduate student working groups have been formed to address undergraduate curriculum, beyond CU outreach, program improvement, faculty and staff communication, and collaboration.

Anti-racism self-paced Canvas course along with potential discussion groups. Hosted by Inclusive Communities of Practice. The link to enroll on the Canvas page: https://canvas.colorado.edu/enroll/MAPBED
Also have Grounded Knowledge Panels with Inclusive Communities of Practice that build panels of four participants, and host four panels on anti-racism topics over the full academic year. 

The Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion  (JEDI) Committee was formed in May of 2020. The JEDI Committee meets weekly and has done a SWOT analysis, ID’ed priorities, brainstormed actions, and has developed short to long term goals.

Created three initiatives: 1) rewrote Colorado Creed, 2) created a campus antiracism pledge, and 3) formed an interdepartmental accountability board.

Radical BIPOC Womxn/Femmes Collective

CUBIPOCstories

Anonymous form for all CU BIPOC, including alumni, to share their experiences: 
forms.gle/AH1f7AppsUsRqwq5A 

Stories are shared to
https://www.instagram.com/cubipocstories/

Hold biweekly zoom meetings for BIPOC students, postdocs, researchers, staff, faculty, and administration.

Wrote a petition and created an associated email campaign. Wrote op eds, created a website, held and attended non-violent action trainings, and started social media accounts (@diversifyCUnow on Instagram and Facebook, @diversifyCU on Twitter). A Slack was created for the organizers to discuss and plan ways to diversify CU.