Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at UCCS
Foundational Value for Inclusive Diversity
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 realities.
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.
Equitable Access and Opportunity
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 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.
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.
Letter from the Inaugural VCDEI
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 the 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.
VCDEI Spring 2023 Update
I am so delighted to be welcoming you back to UCCS this spring. I hope each and every one of you had a joyous and rejuvenating winter break. As we enter this new year, I invite you to center your mental health and wellness, show care and compassion to yourself and those around you, and lead with a DEI lens. Together we can foster a strong culture of belonging on campus and create more inclusive learning and work environments where all are invited to be their authentic selves.
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 an inclusive learning and work environment 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 active, intentional, and ongoing engagement with diversity in which all members of our campus community feel an authentic sense of belonging and can thrive.
We embrace a climate of belonging that centers holistic community engagement and supports the mental health and well-being of all our community members, including students, staff, and faculty with diverse intersecting backgrounds, identities, abilities, and cultures.
UCCS Strategic Plan
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.
CU Land Acknowledgement
As we gather, we honor and acknowledge that the University of Colorado’s four campuses are on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute, Apache, Comanche, Kiowa, Lakota, Pueblo and Shoshone Nations. Further, we acknowledge the 48 contemporary tribal nations historically tied to the lands that comprise what is now called Colorado.
Acknowledging that we live in the homelands of Indigenous peoples recognizes the original stewards of these lands and their legacies. With this land acknowledgment, we celebrate the many contributions of Native peoples to the fields of medicine, mathematics, government and military service, arts, literature, engineering and more. We also recognize the sophisticated and intricate knowledge systems Indigenous peoples have developed in relationship to their lands.
We recognize and affirm the ties these nations have to their traditional homelands and the many Indigenous people who thrive in this place, alive and strong. We also acknowledge the painful history of ill treatment and forced removal that has had a profoundly negative impact on Native nations.
We respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. We honor them and thank the indigenous ancestors of this place. The University of Colorado pledges to provide educational opportunities for Native students, faculty and staff and advance our mission to understand the history and contemporary lives of Native peoples.
LGBTQ+ Friendly Campus
The Campus Pride Index has a strong theoretical research foundation in LGBTQ current programs, practices, and policies for safer, more inclusive campus learning environments. The index tool has been tested extensively since 2001 and was recently updated with new, higher LGBTQ national benchmarks in 2015. The Campus Pride Index is a vital tool for assisting campuses in learning ways to improve their LGBTQ campus life and ultimately shape the educational experience to be more inclusive, welcoming, and respectful of LGBTQ and ally people. The index is owned and operated by Campus Pride, the leading national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create safer, more LGBTQ-Friendly learning environments at colleges and universities.
Military Friendly Campus
Institutions earning the Military Friendly® Schools Awards designation were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,800 schools participated in the 2022-2023 survey, 665 schools earned awards level designations in Gold, Silver, and Bronze. 282 were selected for “Gold” award status for their leading practices, outcomes, and effective programs.