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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UCCS

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI)

UCCS is committed to being a leading educational institution where all who attend, work and benefit from the campus are valued and respected. We value inclusive diversity as a foundation for teaching and scholarship that prepares students, faculty, staff, and community members for both local and global multicultural engagement.

Creating a culture of inclusion requires active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in which all members of the UCCS community feel an authentic sense of belonging.

Event Series: DEI Community Dialogues

Throughout September and October 2022, the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (VCDEI) will be facilitating a series of community dialogues designed to center the voices and lived experiences of our diverse students, staff, and faculty. The series will be available both virtually and in person.

DEI Mission at UCCS

As an institution committed to equitable access and opportunity, we uphold our commitment to sustainable inclusive belonging by blending diversity, equity, and inclusion into the full fabric of the UCCS community.

We will advance and sustain a culture that promotes diversity awareness, appreciation, and respect while the inspiring agency and social responsibility through holistic approaches to self-awareness and identity development.

We provide an inclusive and supportive campus environment that embraces a culture of belonging, engagement and learning for all including those with diverse intersecting backgrounds, social identities, abilities, and cultures.

Inclusive Belonging

We value inclusive belonging as a foundation for teaching and scholarship that prepares students, faculty, staff, and community members for both local and global multicultural realities.

DEI Community Values

We will advance and sustain a culture that promotes the awareness, appreciation, and respect of diversity, while also inspiring agency and social responsibility through holistic approaches to self-awareness and identity development.

We are dedicated to equitable access and opportunity by creating inclusive learning and work environments that weaves diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into the full fabric of the UCCS community.

We are believing in fostering a culture of inclusion through the active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in which all members of our campus community feel and authentic sense of belonging and can thrive.

We embrace a climate of belonging that centers holistic community engagement and supports the mental health and wellbeing of all our community members, including students, staff, and faculty with diverse intersecting backgrounds, identities, abilities, and cultures.

Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Rame Hanna serves as the inaugural Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, responsible for guiding and leading institution-wide efforts to advance a culture of belonging at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS).

Guided by a commitment to sustainable inclusive excellence, Rame seeks to foster a socially just campus climate that embraces intersectional identities, promotes diverse critical knowledge, and centers the lived experiences of marginalized and underrepresented communities to ensure that all belong and can thrive.

DEI Update for the Fall 2022 Semester

On behalf of the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (VCDEI), I am excited to welcome you back to UCCS for the upcoming academic year! Over the past six months, I have had the opportunity to connect with many wonderful colleagues from across the campus and the Colorado Springs community. I have been delighted to learn so much about our unique culture, recent diversity related initiatives taking place on campus, and aspirations many folks have for the upcoming year and beyond!

VCDEI Inaugural Letter

We have all started a new chapter in our lives, taken a leap of faith or tried something that may have been out of our comfort zone. Just a few weeks ago, my partner and our goldendoodle packed our car and embarked on a 40 hour drive across country to start a new life in Colorado Springs. As we passed by all the wonderful cities along the way, I wondered what Colorado Springs would be like and how long it would take for UCCS to feel like home. Read the full letter...

Strategic Plan 2030

Foster a Community of Learning, Engagement, and Inclusive Belonging to Nurture the Growth and Success of Faculty, Staff, and Students.

  • Cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence that responds to the diversity of our campus community.
  • Advance a culture of innovative and inclusive pedagogy that is relevant to the academic and professional needs of today’s students.
  • Deepen curricular and co-curricular experiences to foster global perspective, experiential engagement, and professional preparation.
  • Strengthen our culture of health, safety, and wellbeing.
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