Daniels DEI Graduate Council
Advocate, Promote, Lead
Membership is open to graduate students of all identities who wish to promote Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in academic and business environments.
Meet the Council
“We are striving to make Daniels a more inclusive and diverse community accepting of all.”
Being bi-racial there were many times in my life that I felt like I didn’t belong. I wasn’t white enough for some people or I wasn’t Latino enough for others. DEI is important to me because it is for everyone, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, identity, etc. Everyone is welcome, and it’s a place where we all can belong!
Growing up in three different countries has helped me understand the vast differences between culture, ethnicity, custom, tradition and professionalism. It has also made me aware of the issues that minorities encounter daily. I ask myself, do we remain silent or seek our voices and fight for the right to education, civil rights and professional growth?
We host different kinds of events throughout the year, ranging from fundraisers to celebrations of cultural heritage and panels. Recent events have included a supply drive for a Title 1 school, a Lunar New Year celebration in collaboration with GBSA, and a panel event with Daniels graduate student military veterans. We encourage members to share ideas for events they would like the Council to host.
Resources For Graduate Students
The Cultural Center
The mission of the Cultural Center is to create an environment where students of color, students of marginalized faiths and LGBTQ+ students can critically engage their historical legacies, while enhancing their educational, intellectual and personal/professional interest as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic and cultural sensibilities. while providing a physical safe haven for respite and dialogue as they navigate their journey at the University of Denver. The Cultural Center includes Spiritual Life and The Pride Lounge.Learn more >
DU Community + Values
At the University of Denver, we are steeped in the belief that DU has the responsibility and power to: Solve complex problems, engage multiple perspectives, nourish democracy, foster greater belonging, show compassion beyond boundaries and shape the future of our world. We also believe that DU has yet to fully activate that power. Learn more >
DU Health and Counseling Center
The mission of the University of Denver Health and Counseling Center (HCC) is to enhance overall student well-being and success through inclusive physical and mental healthcare, prevention, education, advocacy and recovery support services.
The HCC website has information on the Student Health Insurance Plan, a Statement on Racial Violence, the HCC COVID response, medical services, counseling services and health promotion. If you’re a student in recovery and want to make friends and engage in sober events, join the Collegiate Recovery Program. As DU strives to provide inclusiveness and academic excellence, the DU Collegiate Recovery Program will continue to provide comprehensive services to students.
DU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Action Plan
“Overcoming barriers in diversity, equity and inclusion is not easy work. It is also not quickly achieved. Our progress at DU has not been stymied by a lack of passion, interest or commitment. Individuals and groups across campus have made real change, but this change has occurred largely in pockets and has failed, in some cases, to reach the people who need it most. The reasons for this are complex, and we are now pivoting to better identify leadership, take action and increase accountability and consistency.”
The University’s DEI website offers information on DU’s commitment to DEI and action plan (a working document). It also includes a DEI statement from the chancellor, as well as a recording of the most recent townhall regarding the University’s proposed action plan.
Whites Organizing for Racial Consciousness (WORC)
A campus network that holds space for DU community members to support racial justice and the responsibility white people have in building a more just and fair community in solidarity with people of color. Learn more >
These are only a few of the DEI resources available to graduate students at Daniels. See a full list of resources.