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    Recent Progress

    Updated June 30, 2020


    • Launched an external review of racism at CC
    • Established the Antiracism Implementation Plan
    • Reviewing Pathfinder, Faculty Handbook, and collegewide policies to make policies antiracist
    • Awarded honorary degrees to 18 people of color (45% of all honorary degrees awarded May 2012-August 2019) 
    • Received $1 million gift from Board Chair Susie Burghart ’77 dedicated to accelerating CC’s antiracism work


    • Hired two of three diversity, equity and inclusion leaders to implement and evolve our plan: Peony Fhagen, Ph.D., senior associate dean for equity, inclusion, and faculty development; and Rosalie M. Rodriguez, senior associate dean of students for equity and inclusion/director of the Butler Center. Elevated the administrative DEI role to a similar level, moved it from Human Resources to Finance & Administration, and named Barbara J. Wilson interim director of diversity, equity, and inclusion for staff.
    • Increased the diversity of the CC Board of Trustees from 6% people of color in Fall 2011 to 33% people of color in Fall 2020
    • Increased women on the board from 26% to 39% 


    • Completed CC’s investment in ADA accessibility - approximately $7 million spent on ADA improvements
    • Naming of key spaces - Tava Quad, Collins House, Salazar House, Roberts House, Butler Center
    • Gender-neutral bathrooms

    Compositional Diversity


    • Domestic students of color increased from 18% to 24.6% since 2011
    • International students increased from 5.1% to 8.4% since 2011


    • Faculty of color increased from 18.3% in Fall 2012 to 28.8% in Fall 2019
    • 84 permanent faculty hired since Fall 2012
      • 55% women
      • 48% people of color
      • 14% identifying as African-American
      • 4% international
    • Senior faculty hiring initiative to increase diversity, diversify the curriculum, and provide faculty mentors

    Student Experience

    • Founded the Butler Center
    • Expanded Outdoor Education to include more inclusive programs
    • Expanded Accessibility Resources
    • Added Living Learning Communities for students with interest in Indigenous Peoples and LGBTQ+
    • Adopted a smudging policy
    • Increased the diversity of counselors in the Counseling Center
    • Adopted a pronoun policy and preferred name policy
    • Established the Wellness Resource Center
    • Added financial aid for blocks abroad
    • Added block break programming
    • Increased the meal plan dollars for students on financial aid
    • Centralized funding opportunities through a website so that all students are able to search for funds and not require social capital to obtain opportunities
    • Created a financial literacy program in financial aid for Bridge Scholars
    • Repurposed 22 laptops for year-long checkout to students in need
    • Hosted the Equity Conference for High School Speech and Debate Teachers


    • Started the Advising Hub
    • Made Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies a major
    • Made Indigenous Studies a minor
    • Added a requirement of two Equity & Power classes to the general education requirements
    • Added an elder-in-residence and diversity and inclusion specialist
    • Supported the establishment of the Africana Intellectual Project
    • Grew the resources and tenure-track faculty in Southwest Studies, Feminist and Gender Studies, and Race, Ethnicity, and Migration Studies


    • Started the Colorado Pledge, making CC more affordable to Colorado families with incomes of less than $200,000 annually
    • Completed Susie B. Challenge supporting the Colorado Pledge, raising more than $5.5 million for access
    • Started the Stroud Scholars college preparatory program for Pikes Peak region high school students who face barriers to a college education
    • 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, following a $21 million increase to deep-need financial aid led by the Walton Family Foundation in 2010. 
    • Raised first endowment for Bridge Scholars Program, and assembled endowed resources for student access to internships through Edge Internship and Public Interest Fellowship Program
    • Increased outreach and partnership efforts with community-based organizations such as the African American Youth Leadership
    • Received a gift from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity to establish a scholarship to support students from underrepresented racial groups in the Colorado Springs area
    • Doubled the fly-in budget for underrepresented students to attend programs
    • Work closely with athletics coaches to increase recruitment of students of color
    • CC named one of the colleges that are the most generous to the financially neediest students:
    • Removed the application fee for applying to CC
    • Funded the Bridge Program early arrival through $400 grant to offset early arrival to campus
    • Collaboration with Butler Center and Bridge Program to increase outreach year round (presentations on taxes, financial aid deadlines, other opportunities, etc.)
    • Inclusive computing collaboration with Butler Center to ensure students are aware of options to fund technology needs


    • Added transgender benefits to health insurance
    • Started Excel at CC and added diversity and inclusion training for staff and faculty
      • 54% of faculty and staff have completed “Good to Great”
      • 25% of faculty and staff have completed “Toward a Daily Antiracist Agenda”
      • Required that search committees have two trained members
    • Added the Presidential Leadership Awards, including one for diversity and inclusion
    • Held first-ever diversity-related virtual-reality experience for faculty and staff at the 2019 Fall Conference; showcased this throughout the year

    Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College

    • Hired a curator of Southwest Art collection
    • Received a $1.2 million grant to bring visiting Indigenous artists to campus


    • Launched “CC Conversations,” a series of live Facebook/Zoom panel discussions drawing on the expertise of CC faculty, staff, and alumni on important topics. The first was on “CC Conversations on Racism, Policing, & Protest.” 
    • Elevate Black voices and perspectives, sharing quotes and content from major speakers who visited campus to speak on racism.
    • Launched Untold Stories to share lived experiences of marginalized people, as one attempt at reconciliation 
    • Added a more extensive photo permissions policy that takes additional steps before a student’s image is used in high-visibility media
    • Created the Diversity at CC website, which includes five diversity dashboards on our students, faculty, staff, and trustees, bringing transparency to our current and past metrics on diversity
    • Added language to the CC website, FAC website, and admission viewbook acknowledging the original inhabitants of the land upon which CC sits


    • Hosted affinity reunions over the past five years specifically supporting marginalized groups, to include alumni of color and LGTBQ alumni
    • Created more accessible CC alumni travel program within the Alumni Office, lowering price and exclusion barriers
    • Creating regional initiatives aimed at affinity regional programming for diversity and inclusion