Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Plan

*Updated April 2023

The diversity, equity & inclusion strategic plan for Career & Professional Development ensures our services meet the unique needs of all stakeholder groups. In alignment with the unifying philosophy recently outlined by the Office for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, we will aim to have a holistic approach in these efforts inclusive of learning differences, sex, gender identity, gender expression, language, race, ethnicity, national origin, citizenship, disability, religion, spirituality, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status as well as their intersectionalities as we develop this plan.

Through six months of stakeholder listening sessions, surveys, best practices research and data analysis we were able to identify themes for areas of emphasis in the coming three years that centered the voices of our diverse community. These listening sessions and themes have informed the goals outlined below.

Bold Goals to Achieve by 2025

Goal 1: Representation of Staff & Volunteers Develop tactical strategies to diversify the career staff and career volunteers with the goal to have a staff and volunteer composition that more closely matches the campus demographics by 2025.

Goal 2: Career Staff Training Create a staff training process that builds knowledge and confidence to fully integrate diversity, equity and inclusion principles and topics into all conversations, programs/events, initiatives, as well as career education resources and presentations.

Goal 3: Employer Training Program Create a comprehensive employer training program regarding diversity, equity & inclusion in recruiting in a campus environment including public recognition for those that meet a set training program and show organizational commitments.

Goal 4: Increase Financial Support for Experiential Learning In partnership with Advancement and national organizations, develop a strategy for increasing funds available for internships, research, campus employment, and similar high impact experiences.

Goal 5: Campus Integration with Diverse Communities Ensure a clearly defined liaison model for connecting with diverse campus communities and leverage liaison relationships to co-create tailored programs when appropriate.

Goal 6: Tailored Marketing & Communication Develop a marketing strategy for communicating to diverse audiences and ensure current marketing and communication efforts are infused with inclusive messages.

The goals outlined above will be addressed in phases over the next three years. On the following page, we have outlined explicit action items for year one and deadlines for completion. Staff will integrate the below goals into their annual performance plans as goals for the coming year to ensure accountability and progress toward goals. For questions about any of these goals, please contact career@du.edu.

Goal 1: Increase Representation of Staff & Volunteers 
Action Item:Deadline:
Create a hiring plan to diversify student employees.March 2023
Create standard language for inclusion in all job descriptions that ensures DEI language and work is covered throughout.Completed 10/21
Create a DEI speakers bureau that includes professional development training for student & alumni volunteers.In Progress
Invite Rufina Hernández, Associate Director, Office of Equal Opportunity to a staff meeting to discuss diversifying candidate pools.Completed
Have a quarterly staff meeting discussion to increase the visibility of our team’s work to the national community.Completed 9/21 & Ongoing
Ensure all staff attend key campus diversity trainings; create 4 Winds digital screens celebrating the names of staff that have attended.Completed 6/22 & Ongoing
Investigate relocation expense policy within Advancement & DU to support candidates moving to Colorado.Completed 6/22
Assess volunteer engagement with CPD and identify opportunities for incorporating inclusive practices.   Winter 2023 
Investigate with HRIC the diversity of our applicant pools and if there is a place in the hiring process where we are losing our diverse candidates.  Spring 2023
Examine best-practices around retaining staff of color, LGBTQIA staff, and other staff of diverse identities. Winter/Spring 2023

Goal 2: Career Staff Training 
Action Item:Deadline:
Send out quarterly DEIA newsletters with focus on accessibility and on-boarding resources.In Progress
Develop quarterly career services deep-dive staff training on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion topics.In Progress
Ensure access to shared drive for DEIA resources for all academic career services offices.In Progress

Goal 3: Employer Training Program 
Action Item:Deadline:
Promote resource for employers to uses for DEIA hiring and employment issues and continue to add to the resources.Ongoing
Engage with employers to determine topics of interest for training and DEIA engagement.March 2023
Develop content and format for employer training and engagement.June 2023
Document employer engagement (DEI survey response (y/n), training attendance, event attendance) in PCO.Ongoing

Goal 4: Increase Financial Support for Experiential Learning 
Action Item:Deadline:
Finish defining “Experiential Learning” in DU terms. In Progress
Work to determine funding that can be allocated to experiential learning. Complete for FY23
Review additional resources for uConnect listings and Experiential Learning Definitions.In Progress
Pilot outreach to students who have not yet reported internships, highlighting benefits of internship participation, pathways to finding internships, and existing funding sources.Scheduled for early FY24 when intern hiring begins
Research financial aid context regarding internship course tuition and stipends.In Progress
Support Advancement priorities around this work.Complete for FY23
Consider logistics to support additional funded internships.Scheduled for FY24

Goal 5: Campus Integration with Diverse Communities 
Action Item:Deadline:
Audit/inventory list of diverse student groups and departments on campus.Completed
Define scope of liaison relationship: clarify this goal’s connection to current liaison models in CPD.TBD

Goal 6: Tailored Marketing & Communication 
Action Item:Deadline:
Centralize resource lists and policies for DEI communications and share with the CPD team.Completed, Year 1
Aggregate campus communication channels to reach diverse students.Completed, Year 1
Audit existing standard messages (i.e. PCO, handouts, overhead slides, email templates, flyer templates, videos) to identify areas for (continuous) improvement.Completed, Year 2
Define policies, best practices, and standards.In Progress
Share defined policies, best practices, and standards with CPD team.In Progress