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Provide Input on Antiracism Implementation Plan

Dear Campus Community,

 
While diversity, inclusion, and equity have long been essential values at Colorado College, it’s too easy to pursue them passively — and when we do that, we make little progress. In the past year and a half, we have shifted gears, taking up the work of antiracism, which means we actively oppose racism in all of its forms. I truly believe that this effort is crucial to changing higher education and the world for the better.
 
Racism has existed at Colorado College since our founding, and it still exists today. We have felt its pain in overt incidents, and feel its hurt as an undercurrent day-to-day.  During the 2018-19 academic year, Dr. Roger Worthington of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion in Higher Education led an external review of racism at CC. The final report of that review was shared with the campus community in May. 
 
Over the summer, a small group with representation from the faculty, student body, Board of Trustees, and administration carefully considered the report and its recommendations, as well as other information gathered throughout the last academic year. We drafted an Antiracism Implementation Plan, with a timeline and metrics for measuring our progress.
 
Today I am sharing this draft plan. During Block 1, I ask for your input on this draft and specifically request input from the Diversity and Equity Advisory Board, the Faculty Executive Committee, the Colorado College Student Government Association, and Staff Council.
 
Your review and comments are so important to this work, and to finalizing an implementation plan that will guide our direction for the next several years. This plan will be a living, evolving document — because we, too, will be evolving as we transform our culture, gain more knowledge, and grow. 
 
We won’t be perfect. We won’t always get things right. We are all learning. We are on this journey together to make CC a more welcoming, inclusive place for all who learn, teach, work, and visit. 
 
Please read the draft Antiracism Implementation Plan and send your comments and input to me at president@coloradocollege.edu. 
 
To our new members of the campus community: You may access the final external review report on the external review of racism webpage. Use your CC username and password when prompted.
 
It is a strategic priority at Colorado College to become an antiracist institution. I encourage you to consider what you can contribute to this important work. Our success depends on all of us doing our part.
 
Sincerely,


Jill Tiefenthaler

President