CCD Celebrates Diversity
At CCD, we believe that by working together we become stronger; through teamwork, we can achieve our common vision and goals. We work to maintain an environment where all feel respected and supported. CCD is proud to celebrate the unique differences within our community. CCD has a long-standing history of being one of the most diverse colleges in Colorado. In 2001, CCD was designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. Currently, more than 30 percent of our student population is Latinx, more than 50 percent self-identify as underrepresented, and our international students represent more than 40 nations. Additionally, more than 60 percent are the first person in their family to attend college. View our student population and statistics here*.
At CCD, we celebrate our diversity and believe our culture here creates a unique environment of learning and acceptance.
The mission of CCD is to provide our diverse community an opportunity to gain quality higher education and achieve personal success in a supportive and inclusive environment, while ensuring that every member of our community attains the education he or she desires.
An integral aspect of this mission is the commitment to respect, support and promote cultural diversity and equity. Equity is seen in the college effort to treat all people fairly, justly and impartially.
Established in 2011, CCD’s Diversity and Inclusion Council seeks to foster and to model a campus environment that is welcoming, safe, and inclusive to all of our administrators, faculty, staff, and students. We view differences such as nationality, race, gender, age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, physical ability, learning styles, and perspectives not as obstacles to be overcome, but as rich opportunities for understanding, learning, and growth. The council is comprised of representatives from administration, faculty, staff, and students.
- Every member of the Diversity and Inclusion Council commits to modeling a safe, comfortable, and inclusive culture of integrity.
- We will actively and honestly listen to create viable solutions to strengthen the richness of our diverse CCD community and we will celebrate by recognizing the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff.
- We will nurture and cultivate local and world community partners.
Culture | We celebrate the unique differences within the CCD community and raise awareness of our diversity by serving as a resource and supporting multicultural-themed events and activities on campus.
Voice | We provide a safe and comfortable culture of integrity to foster respectful discussions of diversity-related issues and concerns.
Community | We develop and cultivate community partnerships by connecting education with business and industry within the Auraria and Denver community.
Celebrate & Educate
The council celebrates the strengths of our diversity and promotes inclusion among staff, faculty, and students at CCD. CCD has an active Diversity and Inclusion Council and several other diversity-related organizations that promote multicultural awareness and inclusiveness and engage in educational programming, community building, and advocacy.
*CCD does not share information regarding individual student ethnicity; this data is collected and summarized because it helps us in securing grants and providing scholarships so that we better serve all of our students.
A Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) is a term used for a federal program designed to support a college or university in the United States that is eligible and has an enrollment of undergraduate full-time equivalent students that is at least 25 percent Hispanic at the end of the award year immediately preceding the date of application.
CCD was designated HSI by the U.S. Department of Education in 2001. The college earned this distinction because more than 30 percent of our students currently self-identify as Hispanic/Latinx. The benefits of this designation include eligibility for federal funds and grants that benefit our entire student population such as additional accelerated courses, computer labs, academic advisors, and other support services.