DEI Campus Resources
DEI Resources for the UCCS Community
Below is a list of DEI resources from across the UCCS community that help advance a greater culture of inclusion and belonging.
ADA Information & Resources
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, public accommodation, communications, and governmental activities.
CU System DEI Report
Diversity is a core value of the University of Colorado. CU believes all students— regardless of ethnic, racial, political, gender, religious, intellectual, and geographical background—will have a more enriching college experience when they are exposed to a plurality of ideas, viewpoints, life experiences, and rapidly evolving perspectives on national identity. The university continually seeks to create a more inclusive university community—one that fosters an academic and work climate that is productive, positive, safe, and respectful of all viewpoints.
The CU Diversity Report is an important mechanism for campus officials to share information with the Board of Regents, campus community, and the public about efforts to increase campus diversity and provide an environment that allows all students to succeed. It includes the following information for each CU campus:
Excel Language Center
The Excel Language Center provides a supportive environment focused on academic achievement, language skills acquisition and development, the celebration of cultural diversity, and a space for inclusive community building. Whether you are a new language student or already in the process of learning a language, the LC is dedicated to making language learning resources easily accessible to you. Check out our website for more information
Faculty Resource Center Universal Design Teaching Program
This comprehensive credential is awarded for proactively designing and implementing inclusive teaching strategies. Badge earners demonstrate competency in applying Universal Design for Learning concepts to course design and teaching practices, exercising self awareness and commitment to inclusion, and improving student success. This program pairs participants with an FRC Instructional Designer to redesign a course for inclusive teaching. Participants can expect to spend 24-36 hours to complete each badge.
HR DEI Policies
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is committed to maintaining an environment free from sexual misconduct, discrimination or harassment based on race, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, age, disability, creed, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, political affiliation, or political philosophy.
Kramer Family Library
The Kraemer Family Library acknowledges and commits to promoting awareness of and sensitivity to human differences. The Library recognizes its unique role in helping promote diversity by acquiring resources that strengthen the University’s efforts to promote learning and education in the areas of diversity and multicultural studies. The Library’s collection must reflect this commitment by supporting research and study that enhances knowledge of our pluralistic society. Furthermore, the Library provides the UCCS community with equitable access to all of its information resources and services. This access is guaranteed without regard to race, color, gender, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, or class.
Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience
The mission of the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is to advance human resilience to adversity by designing evidence-based solutions through interdisciplinary research, healing therapies, and community training and empowerment. This is accomplished through the work of our three divisions: Research, Healing, and Community Training & Empowerment.
Through partnerships, outreach, research, institutes, conferences, leadership coaching, and other diversity services, the Center bridges the gap between university and diverse communities to examine real world problems and contribute to the advancement of real world solutions. They offer two signature programs: The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning, and a Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion
This ADVANCE Adaptation project utilizes evidence-based practices to enhance the research capacity and opportunity of women-identified faculty (hereafter referred to as women for brevity) in STEM while staying attuned to women’s unique intersecting identities to help identify and remedy past, current and future inequities. Project CREST: Changing Research Experiences, Structures, and (in)Tolerance through the Adaptation of Promising Equity Practices will transform the University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) by adapting practices from ADVANCE IT.
Research, Inequity, and Social Justice Resources
At UCCS, we fuel success by actively researching and providing resources on a variety of issues, including inequity and social injustice. With this resources, we hope to expand the perspectives of Mountain Lions and spark informed conversations and motivate actions that will create substantial and lasting change that improves our UCCS community.