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The first-ever Chancellor’s Diversity Showcase took place on Oct. 22 in the gymnasium of the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center.

Presented by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and organized by an event committee, the Diversity Showcase invited students, faculty and staff to celebrate the programs, services and research that help to achieve the university’s strategic priority of diversity and an inclusive culture.

“This event helps us see all of the good work that we’re doing, as well as imagine what else we might do,” said Brenda J. Allen, vice chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion.

Campus community members walked around the room, visiting the 44 tables, booths and displays, hosted by groups ranging from Undocumented Student Services to Disability Services and Resources to the Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands certificate and scholarship program.

The displays illustrated CU Denver’s comprehensive approach to diversity, which recognizes historically underrepresented persons and groups in the areas of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, veteran status, ability status, nationality, socioeconomic status, religion and more. In addition to learning what exhibitors are doing, attendees had an opportunity to post comments on an idea wall to express how they feel included on campus, and to share ideas for other ways to value diversity.

Chancellor Dorothy Horell spoke at the event, saying, “We are encouraged to see the work that’s been done, but we haven’t reached the finish line – when it comes to diversity, there is no finish line.”

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First-year students Chantel Elote and Rebecca Huerta work for the Center for Identity & Inclusion and believe it’s truly their “home away from home.”

“The Diversity Showcase brings a sense of community that we tend to not see at big universities and shows that we have many students of color. This is the reason I came here.” – Rebecca Huerta, first-year student

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