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Editor’s note: This is part of a monthly series of campus updates on diversity, equity and inclusion that will continue throughout the year.

University and City of Boulder Celebrate June 19

The Nineteenth Flag flies under stars and stripes during a flag raising ceremony at the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building in Boulder. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Chancellor Philip DiStefano, Councilwoman Junie Joseph and First Vice-Chancellor Sonia DeLuca Fernández chat ahead of the June 19 flag raising

Left to right: Philip DiStefano, Chancellor of CU Boulder; Boulder City Councilor Junie Joseph; and Sonia DeLuca Fernández, senior vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion at CU Boulder, chat before the June 17 flag raising at the Penfield Tate II Municipal Building in Boulder. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

CU Boulder and Boulder City leaders and residents gathered June 17 for a flag-raising ceremony to mark Juneteenth, Colorado’s newest official holiday.

Chancellor Philip DiStefano and Senior Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Sonia DeLuca Fernández were among the university and community leaders in attendance.

Earlier this month, CU Boulder Critical Ethnic Studies doctoral candidate Shawn Trenell O’Neal spoke about Juneteenth and its impact on the United States at a June 8 meeting of the Women’s Leadership Group. Boulder House Business.

June 19, traditionally observed on June 19, recognizes and celebrates the freedom and self-determination of African Americans and the end of post-Civil War slavery. It became a federal holiday in 2021, providing an opportunity for all Americans to deepen their understanding of the nation’s collective and diverse history.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed a bill in May designating June 19 as an official holiday, recognizing the significance of the date, also known as Liberty Day, Jubilee Day, liberation and second independence day.

For fiscal year 2022, eligible university employees are eligible to take a personal day of celebration to mark June 16 by December 31 in consultation with supervisors. Learn more about Juneteenth as a floating holiday and its impact on the campus community.

Read more: Four things to know about Juneteenth

Celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride in June and throughout the year

CUPD Police Chief Doreen Jokerst, Vice Chancellor JB Banks and Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold celebrate Pride Month

CUPD Chief of Police Doreen Jokerst, Acting Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs JB Banks and Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold celebrate Pride Month at a recent CUPD Pride Week event. Boulder County.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold, left, and CUPD Police Chief Doreen Jokerst join the community in a Pride Week parade.

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold, left, and CUPD Police Chief Doreen Jokerst gather with members of the Boulder community at a parade to mark Pride Week, 6-12 June.

Pride Month is held every June to honor the 1969 Stonewall Uprising in New York City and to celebrate the rights of LGBTQ+ people across the United States.

However, recognizing and supporting students, staff, and faculty who identify as LGBTQ+ is a year-long commitment at CU Boulder, and the campus offers services and resources for anyone in need of support, wishing to connecting with others or wanting to know more. about LGBTQ+ history, communities, resources, and activities on campus and beyond.

Campus resources and support services are available to students, staff, and faculty through the University Pride Office at the Center for Inclusion and Social Change.

University Libraries offers a Pride Month Research Guide for members of the campus community who want to connect with local LGBTQ+ organizations, attend local programs, become an ally, or learn more about the history and LGBTQ+ communities.

Beyond campus, Boulder County marked Pride Month June 6-12, a celebration that drew participation from members of the CU Boulder community and campus leaders.

Additionally, CU was among dozens of sponsors of the annual Denver PrideFest June 23-26, which included a parade, 5k run, rally and other activities.

Denver PrideFest, which drew 525,000 people in 2019, hosts the sixth-largest Pride celebration in the United States after New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston and Houston, according to Wikipedia. New York City held the largest WorldPride festival in 2019, attracting around 5 million people.

Read more: From ‘Don’t Say Gay’ to Bathrooms and Sports: How LGBTQ+ Rights Debates Affect Children

UndocuAlly sessions planned for the summer

The Center for Inclusion and Social Change has scheduled UndocuAlly Zoom summer sessions for staff, faculty, and students in administrative or teaching roles.

Attendees will learn about the makeup of the undocumented campus community and the history of U.S. immigration, and better understand the challenges, opportunities, and resources available to undocumented students.

Attendees will also learn about Federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and Advancing Colorado Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow (ASSET) and how these programs affect students in CU Boulder.

The remaining summer session will take place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on July 22.

More information on how to register is available on the ODECE website.

Maintaining our inclusion practice

Campus efforts and investments to address the pressing and painful inequalities at CU Boulder are just the beginning. Creating a culture of belonging will require each member of our community to practice sustained personal work to truly embrace and support diverse perspectives and identities in our community.

This year, Chancellor Philip DiStefano and other campus leaders are urging every member of our community to join in learning about diversity, equity, inclusion and anti-racism and to continuously work together to address these challenges more actively and in ways that contribute to genuine transformation. our campus culture over the coming year.

Campus Resources

  • Center for African and Afro-American Studies (CAAAS): Provides a focal point for black community and culture at CU Boulder and a multipurpose space where scholars, students, artists, activists, and allies come together to study Africa, African Americans, and the African Diaspora. Subscribe to the center’s newsletter to find out more.
  • Asian Studies Center: Strives to be a space of community, curiosity, and respectful engagement with Asia, views area studies as a necessary but distinct complement to disciplinary knowledge, and recognizes the historical and geographic centrality that Asia has and continues to play in the human adventure.
  • Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS): encourages collaborative research focused on local and global Indigenous knowledge and encourages projects that aspire to open conversations in Colorado and around the world.
  • Teaching and Learning Center: Offers programs focused on creating inclusive classrooms and supports CU’s community of educators through free consultations, educational resources, programs, seminars, workshops and other events.
  • CU Boulder History Project: Seeks to share the CU Boulder story based on intersectional perspectives to demonstrate our commitment to inclusive excellence and deepen our institutional memory.
  • Center for Latin American Studies: Provides an institutional space for research, teaching, and discussion about Latin America and Latinx/Latina/Latino studies.
  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement: supports campus-wide programming, events, and initiatives for students, faculty, and staff that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Subscribe to the firm’s newsletter to find out more.
  • Research and Innovation Office (RIO): Provides resources focused on diversity, equity and inclusion in research and innovation.
  • University libraries: Provides a rich assortment of diverse reading materials and other resources, events, and initiatives for Colorado students, faculty, staff, alumni, and residents.
  • Wrap of DEI 2020-2021 Campus Initiatives is available online and includes additional on-campus resources.

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