At Mines, we’re all about individuality, and we place a high value on out-of-the-box thinking.  After all, that’s how we make scientific breakthroughs and develop game-changing ideas.

By providing support services and resources through the diversity, inclusion and access (DI&A) initiative, we aim to nurture this thinking and work towards a more inclusive and equitable campus environment for students, staff and faculty alike.

Please contact DI&A with any questions you have about Mines DI&A, what it means to you, your department or office and how you can be a part of making Mines an inspiring and inclusive place for every Oredigger.

Why DI&A at Mines?

We have experienced what research has proven.  Diversity in groups and organizations results in:

  • Richer learning experiences for students, faculty and staff
  • Teams that are better at problem solving
  • More innovation around complex problems

Enabling access to Mines creates diversity.
A culture of inclusion sustains diversity.

Phillips Scientific American (2014), Carrell et al (2010) The Quarterly Journal of Economics – TAMU ADVANCE, Mitchell (2017) The Columbia Spectator  

DI&A Goals

  • Attract, retain and graduate a thriving and diverse student body
  • Attract, retain, develop and promote a thriving and diverse employee community
  • Cultivate an inclusive campus culture that promotes and celebrates inclusion and achievement
  • Inspire shared responsibility, participation and accountability for DI&A efforts across the Mines community

Ways Orediggers can engage with DI&A @ Mines

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Foundation level content often provides an introductory understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Appropriate for those looking to build on their knowledge of diversity, equity and inclusion.


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For those who are looking for ways to increase their expertise in diversity, equity and inclusion.

Try an inclusion icebreaker at your next meeting

Review racial equity resources

Join a Mines Community Alliance (MCA)

Attend campus DI&A events

Join a student organization supported by WISEM or MEP

Participate in Mines climate surveys

Attend workshops at the annual Celebration of DI&A

Join the Mines DI&A Council

Submit a DI&A award nomination

Apply for a community grant

Incorporate DI&A best practices in candidate reviews & selection

Promote hiring excellence

Join your department or unit’s diversity committee

Introduce yourself with your pronouns, include in email signature

Become an Ambassador, Advocate, Fellow or MCA Chair

Incorporate DI&A best practices in grants and proposals

Include DI&A in performance management

Lead a K-12 outreach activity

Use the inclusive classroom checklist

Advise a student organization

Facilitate a workshop at the annual Celebration of DI&A