The Cultural Center invites you to celebrate differences use the resources on this site to learn more about our work, and how we can support your understanding and action for the University's commitment to Inclusive Excellence.
"It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences."
In all that we do, we strive for Excellence , Collaboration , Intersectionality , Equity , Integrity and Inclusiveness .
The Vision of the Cultural Center is to foster a campus community committed to centering, preserving, and promoting the historical, cultural, intellectual, and social movement traditions of the affinity groups* we support at the University of Denver, and throughout the world.
*Asian Pacific Islander Desi American, African American, African, Latinx, Native American, Indigenous, LGBTQ+, and people of all faith (Sikh, Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish, ...) communities
The mission of the Cultural Center is to create an environment where students of color, students of marginalized faiths and LGBTQ+ students can critically engage their historical legacies, while enhancing their educational, intellectual and personal/professional interest as it relates to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic, and cultural sensibilities; while providing a physical safe haven for respite and dialogue as they navigate their journey at the University of Denver.
- Increase the presence and participation of historically underrepresented populations within the institution as well as their retention, success, and sense of belonging.
- To provide a community that facilitates success in the areas of leadership, scholarship, service, and advocacy through advising, empowerment, cultural enrichment, educational programming, and social development.
- Engage members of the University of Denver community in collaboration with community partners, in the work of inclusivity and diversity toward service to the public good.
A Letter From the Cultural Center
Dear DU Community,
After a week of contemplation, participating in various campus conversations, public rallies and protests, yesterday, we watched the family of George Floyd memorialize him, saying goodbye to their father, son, brother, cousin, uncle, nephew and celebrating his life. In addition, we remember Breonna Taylor on her 27th birthday (June 5) and all the women who have lost their lives to brutality, hatred and total disregard for their humanity. These are all too familiar events reminding many mothers and fathers and families of their similar losses, atrocities against humanity, at the hands of those who were given the charge to "serve and protect."
Our communities are crying out ENOUGH is ENOUGH! #Say Her Name, #Say His Name, #Say Their Names.
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We say the names of the Black Lives that are no more: George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Trayvon Martin, Philando Castile, Korry Gaines, Atatiana Jefferson, Michael Brown...(countless more) These deaths and many more are evidence of senseless killings, recklessly failing to see the humanity in all people. We at the Cultural Center join the rest of DU and those around the world expressing our anger, grief and exhaustion from the daily racial injustices we see and experiences. ENOUGH is ENOUGH! #Say Her Name, #Say His Name, #Say Their Names.
We stand with students, staff and faculty against all and any forms of racism, aggression and injustice. We stand in solidarity with those who want to see a better world, a better Denver and a better DU. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! #Say Her Name, #Say His Name, #Say Their Names.
You can find resources on the ODEI website (Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) home page and the IEE website (Inclusion and Equity Education) home page, as well as the OTL (Office of Teaching and Learning). Responding to Trauma in the Classroom , by Dr. Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave. How Higher Ed Can Fight Racism: 'Speak Up When It's Hard' , an interview with Dr. Sirry Alang 200+ Black owned businesses in Denver area to support (303 Magazine)
Andriette Jordan-Fields, Interim Director of The Cultural Center and Spiritual Life
Jasmine Pulce, Assistant Director of Race and Ethnicity
Cody Ortiz-Oldham, Assistant Director of Gender and Sexuality
Alondra Graduate Assistant
Latisha Clerkley, Graduate Assistant