Colorado State University

Building an Inclusive Community

What We Value

Here, just like in the natural world, diversity creates enrichment. In the College of Natural Sciences, we value diversity of background as well as diversity of opinion. Our productivity and impact as a college are at their best when we operate with a spirit of respect, understanding, and inclusion. We strive each day to fulfill these ideals.

Dean Nerger

In the College of Natural Sciences, we embrace a wide, inclusive definition of diversity: culture, ideas and perspectives, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, geographic background, national origin, religious and spiritual beliefs, and many other types. This is because we understand that a college is enriched when its members are different from one another – sometimes in obvious ways, and sometimes in subtle ways. Our community members succeed when they are valued for who they are.

There are notable programs and resources internal to the CNS – including a newly created director of inclusion staff position housed here in the Office of the Dean – that support our mission of inclusion and help us stay at the forefront of this important national conversation. But remember that the college is part of a larger, even richer Colorado State University community. Our students have the resources of the entire institution behind them.

As a member of the College of Natural Sciences community, I want you to feel empowered, supported, challenged, and enriched. Your professors, researchers, fellow students, and administrators are here to help every step of the way.

Jan Nerger, Dean


About Our Director of Inclusion

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Arlene Nededog, M.Ed. joined the CNS dean’s office in 1998, bringing with her a background in diversity, TRIO and advising programs. For the past several years, she has served as the director of enrichment and engagement, worked with learning communities, led academic support services and retention initiatives, and served as adviser for several CNS student organizations. She has inspired, retained, and mentored numerous historically underrepresented, first-generation, and women students through to graduation.

A steadfast community member, she is often called upon as an active committee participant across the campus and throughout Ft. Collins because of her extensive knowledge of diversity issues. In Arlene’s new role as director of inclusion, she will bring forward a broader set of goals for student and faculty engagement that will help propel the College of Natural Sciences to meet its 2020 Strategic Plan goals for diversity. Arlene graduated from Colorado State University with a Master’s of Education and has been at CSU since 1985.

Email Arlene to learn about CNS diversity and inclusion resources, and ways to get involved.

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