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Our Commitment

Revised March 16, 2015

Colorado College makes it our mission to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. In doing so we are committed to building and sustaining an environment that upholds our core values:

  • Honor the life of the mind as the central focus of our common endeavor
  • Value all persons and seek to learn from their diverse experiences and perspectives
  • Practice intellectual honesty and live with integrity
  • Serve as stewards of the traditions and resources of Colorado College
  • Nurture a sense of place and an ethic of environmental sustainability
  • Encourage engagement and social responsibility at local, national and global levels
  • Seek excellence, constantly assessing our policies and programs

Together, we work to build a community of mutual respect where all can trust that things are done with positive intent, and balanced with open and clear communication.  The college aims to provide complete and accessible information so that all contributors know the direction of the institution and how their jobs fit into the overall structure and future of the college.  As employees, we recognize our responsibility to receive, act upon and share information. Open dialogue helps to improve CC policies and practices as we aspire to make excellent decisions, hold ourselves and one another accountable, pursue appropriate transparency and coordinate our efforts.  We value discourse and encourage one another to voice concerns and ideas.

As an institute of higher learning, we are dedicated to the life of the mind; we prize reflection and personal accountability. We seek to sustain a workplace environment that cultivates creativity and innovation, personal and professional growth, and the health and wellbeing of all of our community members. We realize an ideal working environment identifies and magnifies people’s strengths, provides opportunities for continual development of skills and abilities, and allows for the pursuit of a healthy work/life balance. We affirm that all members of our community are integral to the important work we do. 

We believe that a vibrant exchange of ideas thrives in an inclusive atmosphere where individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, experiences, interests and aspirations come together to forge constructive and rewarding working and social relationships. We are committed to creating a community that is respectful of the human dignity of all persons while being intellectually challenging, engaging and inspiring. We recognize that these differences can bring challenges, and we strive to create a welcoming environment that acknowledges the challenges while cultivating, exploring and celebrating the differences.  This commitment requires an environment free from all forms of harassment or bullying behavior, and respect for confidential matters.

Our practice of these values and behaviors helps ensure excellence in our work and success in our mission.