Progress and Priorities
Student enrollment reflects our commitment to diversity. For example:
- In 2004, 14.3% of our students identified as American ethnic minorities;
in 2014, 24.7% of our students identify as American ethnic minorities.
- In 2004, 1.7% of our students were international;
in 2014, 6.4% of our students are international.
- The incoming class this fall was made up of 27% persons of color, and 7% are international students.
Our leadership also reflects our commitment to diversity. For example:
- Two of the college’s four highest-ranking officials – president of the college, dean of the college, vice president for finance and administration, and vice president for student life/dean of students – are people of color;
- 35% of the extended leadership team (leaders who report directly to members of Cabinet) are persons of color.
The college will add faculty in fields that offer a critical examination of diversity and inclusion: Race and Ethnic Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, and Southwest Studies.
Strong programs for developing and retaining diverse faculty and staff are among the priorities for the Workplace Excellence initiative of our strategic plan.
We have put stronger policies in place for protecting every member of our community, with one anti-discrimination policy that applies to faculty and staff, and one Title IX policy for students, faculty, and staff.
Our Excel@CC program, which is part of the Workplace Excellence initiative of our strategic plan, includes multi-session tracks for building a more diverse and inclusive workplace with distinct offerings for both faculty and staff.
Every new search committee will include dedicated, trained representatives for diversity and inclusion.
The charge of the new Butler Center underscores that our goal is not assimilation, but rather to transform Colorado College. Paul Buckley, as assistant vice president of diversity and inclusion/director of The Butler Center, discusses diversity in the context of a broad definition, encompassing socioeconomic, gender, sexual, accessibility, age, national origin, and racial and ethnic diversity.
Building a more diverse and inclusive institution is a key element in the college’s strategic plan. Based on our plan, the college has moved from three different diversity statements to a single statement.