The Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative was announced by President Joyce McConnell on Sept. 19, 2019, at the Fall Address and Community Picnic. This Initiative aims to implement actionable plans to address issues of race (and racism), bias, and equity at CSU and to empower all members of our campus community to learn, work, live and recreate in a safe and welcoming environment.

This Initiative will include CSU students, faculty, and staff at every step of the way. It will encompass both short-term and long-term actions. Efforts will be at the individual and institutional level, with an emphasis on systemic efforts that effect demonstrable, permanent change.

Call for Proposals for CSU Race, Bias and Equity Initiative

Call for Proposals information

Race, Bias and Equity Initiative Administrative Team

Administrative Team

Steps taken in RBEI

CSU has taken steps to address issues of race, bias and equity on campus since the formation, and this is not an exhaustive list. If you are a member of the CSU community and have additional resources or initiatives to add, please contact

  • Commitment from the Office of the Provost to participate across all academic units in the Colorado Department of Higher Education Equity Toolkit, a series of online modules designed to help faculty members better address racism, bias, equity, and related issues in their classrooms;
  • Direct charge to the President’s Executive Leadership Team to develop three programs or initiatives in their units that would address systemic racism, bias and/or equity issues;
  • Direct charge to the President’s Executive Leadership Team to conduct an internal audit of their units to identify areas of concern in regards to race, bias or equity issues among faculty, staff and/or students;
  • Piloting and beta-testing of a two-part online diversity and equity training module designed for students;
  • Facilitated discussions with faculty and staff around race, bias and equity issues (hosted by the Vice President for Diversity’s office);
  • Candid discussion with Jewish student and faculty leadership on campus (hosted by President McConnell);
  • Responsive adjustments to Diversity Symposium and other campus events to allow various campus groups to directly address race, bias and equity issues on campus generally and in their constituencies specifically;
  • Blanche Hughes, vice president for student affairs, was on Oct. 21 appointed by President Joyce McConnell to lead the Race, Bias, and Equity Initiative.
  • Invited to campus to Mr. Theo Wilson, an NAACP speaker, poet, and activist who publicly criticized CSU for our response to recent incidents of racism on campus. Mr. Wilson spoke at the Lory Student Center on Nov. 5;
  • President McConnell hosts open forum for students on Nov. 21.