Goal 3: Invest in student antiracism resources and efforts


Goal 3 Current Commitments:


We are dedicated to providing holistic advising that supports all students as they work to achieve their educational, professional, and personal goals.

This approach helps students learn and grow in an inclusive, innovative, and collaborative community. Our work has begun with the Advising Hub and initiatives such as the Elder-in-Residence. We will continue to strengthen and assess these efforts, and build upon them.

In an effort to best support students from all marginalized groups, we will engage outside experts to conduct focus groups, identify needs, and recommend programming and support systems.

We began this effort with Indigenous students in summer 2019 and a focus on the needs of Muslim students in Block 4 2019. We will examine the needs of Black, Latinx, international, LBGTQIA+, Asian American, First Generation, and other groups of students – as well as examine intersectionality – throughout 2020. We welcome suggestions for additional consultations.

On-campus internships – with the opportunity to earn academic credit – as well as summer research, service, and student employment opportunities, will be established for students who work on the antiracism initiative.

To support student coalition building for the antiracism initiative, antiracism grants will be established for students proposing to work on specific action steps for the antiracism initiative.

The Colorado College Student Government Association and Academic and Student Life Divisions will ensure that student funds are allocated equitably. The new senior associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion/director of the Butler Center will train all student group leaders who receive funding.

With input from a series of focus groups being conducted during the 2019-20 academic year, we will reassess the Butler Center.

We will look closely at clarifying expectations and reallocating resources to focus on student needs and achieving goals.

Framework will be established during the 2019-20 academic year and implementation will begin in 2020-21.

Parties accountable: Board of Trustees, president, provost, vice president for student life/dean of students, vice provost, and the new senior associate dean of students for diversity and inclusion/director of the Butler Center

Updates, August 2021:
The work of examining the needs of students and student groups will continue beyond 2020 as part of the college’s ongoing commitment to antiracism

Report an issue - Last updated: 01/17/2023

In Progress

  • 2011 to 2020, students of color increased from 18% to 27.1%
  • 2011 to 2020, international students increased from 5.8% to 8.4%
  • Building/rebuilding trust and relationships with students and student organizations
  • DEI leadership positions - created and recruited 
  • Student developmentally appropriate and capacity building program suite 
  • Inclusive computing collaboration with Butler Center 


  • Member of the Liberal Arts Colleges Racial Equity Leadership Alliance
  • Equity & Power course development program; General Education program
  • DEI leadership team meetings with departments, committees, and employee/student groups
  • Senior faculty hiring initiative to increase diversity, diversify the curriculum
  • Started the Colorado Pledge, making CC more affordable to Colorado families 


  • Established “CC Conversations”
  • Colorado Springs Police Department liaison contract review
  • Established the Stroud Scholars Program for pre-college, local students
  • Received Sachs Foundation gift for Black students pursuing careers in education
  • Elections 2020 in classrooms and panel discussion
  • Antiracist Pedagogies and the General Education Program Workshop
  • Antiracism in Field Study Workshop Series
  • Writing Instruction Workshop
  • Equity audit of the student handbook 
  • Antiracism Evaluation Tool covering personnel, policies, practices, assessment
  • Orienting the Butler Center to student development
  • Antiracism Plan Oversight Committee
  • External review of racism at CC; and established Antiracism Implementation Plan
  • Approximately $7 million spent on ADA improvements
  • Naming of key spaces - Tava Quad, Collins House, Salazar House, etc.
  • Gender-neutral bathrooms
  • Founded the Butler Center
  • Expanded Outdoor Education to include more inclusive programs
  • Added Living Learning Communities on Indigenous Peoples and LGBTQ+
  • Adopted a smudging policy
  • Increased the diversity of counselors in the Counseling Center
  • Adopted a pronoun and preferred name practice
  • Established the Wellness Resource Center
  • Added financial aid for blocks abroad
  • Added/enhanced block break programming
  • Increased meal plan dollars for students on financial aid
  • Centralized funding opportunities for students
  • Created financial literacy program in financial aid for Bridge Scholars
  • Repurposed 22 laptops for yearlong checkout to students in need
  • Hosted the Equity Conference for High School Speech and Debate Teachers
  • Started the Student Opportunities and Advising Hub
  • Made Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies a major
  • Made Indigenous Studies a minor
  • Added an elder-in-residence and diversity and inclusion specialist
  • Established the Africana Intellectual Project
  • Increased resources and tenure-track faculty in Southwest Studies, Feminist and Gender
  • Completed the Susie B. Challenge supporting the Colorado Pledge
  • Added a test-optional policy
  • Joined QuestBridge; enrolled more than 150 QuestBridge students across four classes
  • Raised nearly $70 million for need-based financial aid since 2014
  • Raised first endowment for Bridge Scholars Program, endowment resources for student
  • Doubled the fly-in budget for underrepresented students to attend programs
  • Removed the application fee for applying to CC
  • Funded the Bridge Program early arrival through $400 grants to offset early arrival to campus
  • Hired a curator of the Southwest Art Collection for the Fine Arts Center
  • Received $1.2 million grant to bring visiting Indigenous artists to campus
  • Launched Untold Stories of students, alumni, and employees from marginalized social groups
  • Added acknowledgement of the original inhabitants of the land upon which CC sits 
  • Established affinity based student support and mentoring programs
  • Established Antiracism Book Club
  • Established “Dismantling Hate: An Education Series Toward Understanding & Action”

NOTE: some of these progress points may apply to multiple goals.