Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Josef Korbel School of International Studies strives to foster an equitable, just, inclusive and welcoming environment for all students, staff, and faculty.
We aspire towards accountability, respect and empathy. To promote inclusivity in our community, we seek to recognize and address intersecting and systemic forms of oppression.
The values of equity, justice and inclusivity are essential for preparing the next generation of ethical practitioners, scholars, and leaders.
As a school of international and public affairs, we prioritize this work in our scholarship and in our teaching.
Student Assistance Fund
The Student Assistance Fund provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. The fund is designated to off-set a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. Therefore, long term needs can be addressed by meeting with a SOS Case Manager to determine available options. Funds are awarded as a grant, and unlike a loan, do not need to be repaid. Funds may count as income and may be subject to federal and/or state taxes.
Conversation Partner Program
The English Language Center (ELC) is a place where students from all around the world come to learn and improve their English. In order to successfully learn a second language, we encourage our students to get real-life practice with native speakers of the language. Our Conversation Partners program is available to all ELC students who wish to further develop their English listening, speaking and conversational skills, as well as gain more cultural awareness.
Global Friends Program
The purpose of this program is to promote friendship across cultures within the University of Denver community by matching international students with a domestic University of Denver student.
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Resources for Faculty & Staff
Faculty & Staff Affinity Groups
The University of Denver supports many groups representing the diversity of our institution. From student organizations to faculty and staff associations, DU hopes to foster and support affinity groups of all kinds.
Mental Health Resources
DU's Employee Assistance Program allows staff and faculty to meet with counselors for personal needs. Resources are also available for faculty looking to help students exhibiting irregular behavior or decreasing academic performance.
Inclusive Teaching: Learn how to best engage with the social identities and positionalities that faculty and students bring to the classroom.
Teaching Excellence Initiative: The Teaching Excellence Initiative is a faculty-initiated effort to improve and value teaching at DU by articulating teaching expectations, providing ongoing support and creating a fair and balanced means of evaluating and rewarding teaching.
Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress: As a faculty or staff member, you may be among the first to notice signs of distress in a student. Find out how to identify when situations require your intervention, and how to do so effectively.
DU's Human Resources and Inclusive Community is proud to offer family support for our faculty and staff, including child and elder care resources, housing down payment assistance and more.
Additional Faculty Resources
National Center for Faculty Development: Get on-demand access to tools, mentoring and support for diverse faculty.
Faculty Learning Communities: Faculty Learning Communities are cross-disciplinary groups, run by faculty members, that meet regularly to explore teaching topics in depth. Participants in FLCs investigate and assess teaching methods in order to learn from each other and reflect on their current practice.
Student-Faculty Partnership Program: In this program, students and faculty members work together to explore the question of how to create engaging, inclusive environments for all. Students regularly visit and observe their faculty partner’s class, and then meet to discuss their observations, insights, and wonderings.
In recognition of the prevalence of systemic racism, DU's libraries have assembled a set of tools intended to provide general information for anti-racist learning and practice specific to anti-Black racism.
DU Food Pantry
The DU Food Pantry exists as a free and open resource for anyone with a DU ID number to supplement their weekly food supply in times of need. New visitors are asked to fill out a short demographic survey.