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CU Denver Chancellor Attends Inaugural Education Equity Day of Dialogue


On March 15, 2021, Colorado held its first-ever Educational Equity Day of Dialogue, a convening of education partners across the state to discuss a roadmap for change in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. Highlighting a new Report on Educational Equity titled “Creating a Colorado for All,” leaders discussed needs assessment and data, recommendations, and an action plan for erasing equity gaps currently seen in higher education. This was put forth by the Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) and Colorado Equity Champions Coalition (ECC).

Attendees of the inaugural event included Gov. Jared Polis, state Representative Leslie Herod, Angie Paccione from the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Wil Del Pilar from the Education Trust, and many more, including CU Denver’s chancellor, Michelle Marks.

Beginning with a discussion on the “state of equity,” leaders emphasized the importance of educational equity work and associated data—not just for today, but for the future generations to come.

“The U.S. was built as a land of opportunity for all,” CDHE and ECC leaders noted. “While this may hold true for some, these opportunities are not equally available to all… the nature of the nation’s forming has had long-lasting negative impacts on Black, Indigenous, and people of color.”

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