Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

In the College of Natural Sciences, we value diversity of background as well as diversity of perspective by embracing a wide, inclusive definition of diversity, including: culture, ideas and approaches, ethnicity, gender identity and expression, geographic background, national origin, and religious and spiritual beliefs. We recognize our role as part of a broad community, and inclusive excellence requires a comprehensive approach and a long-term commitment.

With this in mind, the College embraces Colorado State University’s diversity statement and strives to adhere to its four key ideals:

  1. Broad and inclusive definition of diversity
  2. Inclusiveness and excellence are interdependent
  3. Everyone is responsible for inclusive excellence
  4. Inclusive excellence goes beyond numbers

The productivity and impact of the College is at its best when we operate with a spirit of respect, understanding, and inclusion. We strive each day to fulfill these ideals.

College of Natural Sciences Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • 2018 CNS Diversity Blueprint

  • 2019 CNS Departments Create Departmental DEI Committees

  • 2020 CNS Departments Establish DEI Committees

Director of Inclusion

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CSU Principles of Community

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First Generation

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Discovery Begins Here

2021 Strategic Plan & Objectives

This strategic plan, “Discovery Begins Here,” will guide our thinking and inform our decisions in the College of Natural Sciences through 2021. Discovery fuels our intellectual drive as we strive to embody the mission of our Land-Grant heritage at Colorado State University. Discovery is at the forefront of our minds as we contribute to the advancement of scientific knowledge and prepare the next generation of educated citizenry. Discovery helps us create impact in the global community through our outreach and engagement. Join us in our commitment to make the College of Natural Sciences at Colorado State University one of the premier colleges of science in the nation. (Dean Jan Nerger)

Diversity Wheel

What is a diversity wheel?

A diversity wheel is a visual tool designed to showcase individual differences. In the College of Natural Sciences, we want to celebrate all our individual differences and showcase them as well.