• Sand Creek Massacre

  • John Evans Study Report: https://portfolio.du.edu/evcomm


    The founder of the University of Denver, John Evans, was held responsible for creating the conditions that allowed for the Sand Creek Massacre to happen.

  • SandCreekMassacre.pdf

  • The Book Covered in an Indigenous Person's Skin

  • Tinker, Tink. “Redskin, Tanned Hide: A Book of Christian History Bound in the Flayed Skin of an American Indian: The Colonial Romance, christian Denial and the Cleansing of a christian School of Theology.” Journal of Race, Ethnicity, and Religion 5.9 (2014): 1-43. Web.

  • Tinker-RedskinTannedHide.pdf

  • Boone, the Mascot

  • Chambers, Mike. “DU Pioneers Mascot ‘Denver Boone’ at Center of Controversy.” The Denver Post. Digital First Media, 5 June 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

    Cross, William. “Letting Go of Denver Boone.” DU Clarion. University of Denver, 14 May 2013. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

  • DenverBoone.pdf

  • Cowboys and Indians Party

  • Roberts, Michael. “DU Chancellor Robert Coombe Rips Greek Life Groups’ Cowboys and Indians Party.” WestWord. Voice Media Group, 30 Mar. 2012. Web. 17 Nov. 2015.

  • CowboysIndiansParty.pdf

  • Sodexo

  • Prince, Robert J. “Sodexo and the University of Denver.” Robert J. Prince. N.p., 4 Oct. 2010. Web. 4 Nov. 2015.

  • Prince-SodexoDU.pdf

  • Aramark Corporation

  • Chicago's Loyola University

  • Change.org letter: “Investigate allegations of harsh working conditions, intimidation, retaliation, denial of sick leave, and more on behalf of DU employed custodial staff”

  • AramarkCorporation.pdf

  • Violation of Equal Pay Act

  • Dr. Lucy Marsh

  • Blasius, Melissa. “DU Law School Is Violating Equal Pay Act.” 9 News. National Broadcasting Company, 1 Sept. 2015. Web. 21 Sept. 2015.

    Schneider, Aaron. "University of Denver Doubles Down on Unequal Pay for Equal Work." The Denver Post. Digital First Media, 3 Nov. 2017. Web. 5 Nov. 2017.

  • LawSchool.pdf

  • Schneider-UnequalPayDU.pdf

  • Divest DU

  • Facebook page: We are a student activist organization aimed at convincing the Board of Trustees to divest the University of Denver endowment from the fossil fuel industry. We are inspired and motivated by the climate crisis, as well as the social justice issues implicated in climate change and the fossil fuel industry overall.


    How can YOU help?

    Students, come to our weekly meetings, Wednesday at 6:00pm in the JMAC classroom.

    Faculty, sign the Faculty Open Letter at: http://divestdu.org/act/sign-the-faculty-open-letter/



    Twitter: @DivestDU

    Instagram: @Divest_DU

  • My Culture Is Not a Costume

  • In 2015, DU released a campaign against Halloween costumes based on stereotypes, but there was pushback from the student body.

  • MyCultureIsNotaCostume.pdf

  • Islamophobia

  • Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha

  • Muslim students, staff, and faculty have been suffering from hate speech and discriminatory behavior, including: the photo of a veiled girl’s face on a poster was vandalized with red ink, undergraduate students have screamed Islamophobic phrases at Muslim students in the corridor, veiled women have shared the feeling of being stared at, etc.

  • Islamophobia.pdf

  • Free speech wall defacement, Die-in, Blackout

  • Brannon, Kellsie. “Students Stage Die-in at Anderson Academic Commons.” Clarion. University of Denver, 11 Apr. 2016. Web. 18 Apr. 2016.

  • WallVandalism.pdf

  • DURacialClimate-letter.pdf

  • Brannon-DieIn.pdf

  • Letter defacement

  • In response to the second “free speech” wall vandalism, the undergrad black student alliance wrote a letter of demands on Google Docs and sent it for the DU community to sign in support. Soon after that, someone found out that the letter had been defaced with racist and sexist slurs.

  • ListOfDemands2016.pdf

  • DU holds a DAPL conference for the 2nd time

  • Native Student Alliance

  • For the second year in November 2016, DU hosted the Pipeline Leadership Conference despite Native American protests.


    Video “DU Stands with Standing Rock, DAPL National Day of Action”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJkr1Fd8x38


    Sublett, Jacquelyn. “University of Denver’s Native Student Alliance Protests DAPL Conference.” Verge Campus. University of Denver, 18 Nov. 2016. Web. 19 Nov. 2016.

    “University of Denver Students Protest DAPL.” KGNU News. Boulder Community Broadcast Association, 16 Nov. 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

    Zugasti, Rosy. “Protestan en Denver contra Proyecto Petrolero en Dakota del Norte.” Telemundo Denver. NBC, 16 Nov. 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016.

  • Sanctuary Campus

  • Students, faculty, and staff marched on January 19th, 2017 (Thursday) to ask for DU to become a Sanctuary Campus. We waved signs and chanted "Whose university? Our university!", "No justice? No freedom!", "Immigrants are welcome here!", "Education, not deportation!", and other social justice cries.

    Then, we had a meeting with Chancellor Chopp, Frank Tuitt, and Lili Rodriguez. The administration raised concerns about the loose definition of "sanctuary" and the possible implications of publicly announcing DU as a sanctuary campus. Finally, they asked for more time and suggestions from us to apply inclusive excellence at DU.

    The Graduate Women's Council marched in solidarity because we believe that:

    - Like DU has decided what "inclusive excellence" means to the institution, we can also decide what "sanctuary" means to us.

    - If DU really wishes to become "a private university dedicated to the public good" as it announces, then the organization should publicly declare its commitment to protecting vulnerable members from its community, such as undocumented students.

    - There is no time. The matter is urgent because the new presidency is making extremely fast and abundant decisions against immigrants, refugees, the impoverished, etc.

    - The Black Student Alliance, the Native American Student Alliance, the Latinx Graduate Student Alliance, and other DU affinity groups and task forces have already sent extensive lists of demands and suggestions to the administration. What we need now is application -- action!

    We will continue to pressure the institution to take a public stance because, despite good intentions, what matters is the effect: students, faculty, and staff of color feel neither welcome nor safe or well treated at DU.

    More information: https://portfolio.du.edu/sanctuary

  • KKK and swastika on cars

  • May 19, 2017

    Dear Campus Community,

    I wanted to make you aware of several incidents that took place on Tuesday, May 2 involving bias-related vandalism to cars in the neighborhood southwest of campus. On May 3, Campus Safety sent out a Community Advisory Notice via Twitter and posted information on Facebook for the community regarding these incidents. Campus Safety continues to monitor these cases, which are being investigated by the Denver Police Department. The latest update from DPD is that four cars were vandalized with “KKK” and swastikas etched into the paint of the cars. All four incidents occurred on the same day, May 2.

    After continued conversation with DPD and their assessment of the situation, Campus Safety does not believe that there is a safety risk to members of our community. However, because the vandalism involved bias related graffiti and hate symbols, the matter was referred to the University’s Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT). Members of BIRT have reached out to various campus community leaders to make them aware of the situation and to request suggestions for what additional supports, if any, might be most beneficial in light of the circumstances. This type of act is inconsistent with our University’s values.

    You can find more information on our bias incident reporting and response systems here: http://www.du.edu/equalopportunity/bias_incident/

    I understand that these incidents can be upsetting to many members of our community. For additional resources including Health and Counseling Services for students and employees click here: http://www.du.edu/health-and-counseling-center/index.html

    To the extent you would like more information regarding safety or data on criminal activity, the Campus Safety website contains a great deal of information including a daily crime log and our annual report titled For the Record: http://www.du.edu/campussafety/reports/

    Additionally, DPD has an interactive map which allows users to sort criminal offenses in the City and County of Denver by neighborhood: https://www.denvergov.org/content/denvergov/en/police-department/crime-information/crime-map.html

    As a reminder, Campus Safety offers a walking escort for students, staff and faculty who do not want to walk on campus alone to request an escort, call 303-871-2334. Lastly, members of the community are always welcome to contact Campus Safety directly with any concerns or questions: http://www.du.edu/campussafety/contact-us/index.html


    Laura Maresca
    Vice Chancellor, Human Resources and Inclusive Community

  • #NoMorePios

  • The Graduate Student Government led the first inter-group discussion about the DU anti-indigenous attitude involving, among other aspects, the name "Pioneers" and Boone, the Mascot on February 5th, 2018.

    Students, faculty, and staff, some of whom were from various DU affinity groups, and others who were not affiliated, gathered at Sturm Hall to discuss the issue and come up with solutions.

    The group will continue to meet every week, and GWC is supporting this initative.

    #NoMorePios #YouDUMatter

This portfolio last updated: 06-Jun-2018 5:21 PM