Statement from President Saliman and CU Chancellors on the Supreme Court’s Affirmative Action Decision

The University of Colorado is unwavering in its commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment that embraces and celebrates individuals from all backgrounds. CU strongly believes in the transformative power of education, and we are dedicated to reflecting the diversity of our great state, nation and world as we build pathways that provide opportunity for aspiring learners to fulfill their college aspirations. We have much work to do in this regard. By committing to this work, society will benefit from the exceptional talents and achievements of our graduates, who come from every walk of life and who contribute to every aspect of life. Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Access is one of the four pillars of our strategic plan, and our commitment to this pillar will not diminish.

We will continue to employ admission processes that consider the whole student and their ability to succeed in our academically rigorous and supportive environment. Our dedication to cultivating a diverse university community runs deep.  In fact, our board has set policy that makes it clear that diversity encompasses demographic characteristics while also encompassing diverse life experiences and perspectives. By fostering an environment that promotes inclusiveness and belonging, we create opportunities for collaboration, dialogue, mutual respect and understanding. That doesn’t mean we will always agree with one another. We won’t. And that’s not the goal. Instead, it means our community will have the tools and critical thinking skills needed to engage and thrive in our complex world. And that’s what higher education is all about.

As we move forward, the University of Colorado will continue to advance our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are steadfast in our belief that a vibrant and inclusive community leads to a richer educational experience for all, contributes to a positive society, and prepares our graduates to excel in an increasingly interconnected and diverse world.

Todd Saliman, President
University of Colorado

Philip DiStefano, Chancellor
University of Colorado Boulder

Don Elliman, Chancellor
University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Michelle Marks, Chancellor
University of Colorado Denver

Venkat Reddy, Chancellor
University of Colorado Colorado Springs