Building on a history-making start

CSU has a longstanding tradition of focus on diversity, from having a woman in its first graduating class to PROJECT GO, which created what has become the University’s cultural and resource centers.

Pioneering Graduates and Diversity at CSU

CSU's first graduating class in 1884 included Libbie Coy, a college instructor and pillar of the community. Today, diversity remains a top priority for the University.

HISTORIC HomecomingS

Today, CSU Homecoming highlights the University's PACESETTERS. But royalty of the past included Trudi Morrison as CSU's first Black Homecoming Queen (Joe Rogers, who later became Deputy Governor for Colorado, was the first Black Homecoming King in the 1980s).

Vivian Kerr Named First Director

Kerr, a former CSU athlete, led protests that led to creation of Project GO, Black Student Services and El Centro. The office gained visibility beyond CSU and Fort Collins under Kerr's leadership.

Supporting Diverse Students

In 1964, PROJECT GO aimed to help diverse and low-income students by providing academic support and financial aid to encourage them to pursue higher education.

Creation of Office of Women's Relations

CSU establishes the Office of Women's Relations to address women's concerns and provide a contemporary office in response to the Women's Liberation Movement and restructuring of Student Personnel Services.

Federal Americans with Disabilities Act

ADA compliance mandates equal access and opportunities for people with disabilities, including accessible facilities and communications, by employers and businesses.

Compliance to Section 504 Begins

The Student Relations Department became responsible for ensuring compliance with the University's federal obligations for student needs under Section 504.

Native American Cultural Center Established

The NACC office was established in 1979 with a mission is to ensure a successful educational experience for students by providing support and services for students at CSU.

Group Advocacy Program created

PROJECT GO became Group Advocacy Program with 5 offices: El Centro/Chicano Student Services, Black Student Services, Native American Student Services, Disabled Students Programs & Women’s Programs.

Established, then led by Estrada

Following Abel Amaya's term as the Acting Director of Project GO's Chicano Student Services Program, Lawrence J. Estrada served as the director from its establishment in 1979 to 1989​.

Resources for Disabled Students Established

Resources for Disabled Students became a separate department with a director, staff assistant, and student staff. At the time, 178 students self-identified as having a disability.

Dawn R. Person Becomes Director

During her tenure, new student organizations were added and existing ones revamped (e.g., Black Cable Television, Black Business Scholars Assoc., Big Brother/Sister, Black Campus Ministries, Black Alumni Network).


SAAS is established in response to a survey expressing the desire of CSU Asian Pacific American (APA) students to learn more about their Asian heritage and connect with other APA university members.

Blanche M. Hughes Becomes Director

B/AACC's longest-serving director fostered partnerships with University departments, Athletics, admissions, the President’s office, other Universities & corporations. She is currently CSU's VP for Student Affairs.

Cooperative Agreement and Name Change

Women's Interdisciplinary Studies Program joins the Office, becoming Women's Program and Studies with a cooperative agreement with Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences for enhanced visibility and support.

In 1884, Elizabeth Coy Lawrence was one of three graduates in the University’s first graduating class. Today, we continue the work established on this foundation, making diversity a top University priority for the future.
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progressive impact

Faculty and staff support are foundational for us to properly serve all Colorado State students. In the past three years alone, nearly 21,000 have participated in our diversity certificate program called the “Creating Inclusive Excellence Program (CIEP).” This 21-hour certificate program helps develop awareness, knowledge and skills regarding diversity, equity and inclusion at Colorado State. The program’s impact is widespread throughout the University.

Nurturing students every day

So many topics make up the overarching theme of diversity – from employee perceptions and campus climate, to DEI trainings, educating on the value of pronouns and more. At the heart of it all? Our Students.

Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)

APACC provides programs, services, resources and a supportive space for Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, Southwest Asian, North African, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian, Desi, adopted, mixed race, Asian American students and other historically marginalized communities.

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Black/African American Cultural Center (B/AACC)

B/AACC commits to advocating and empowering students to live their individual truths while fighting anti-blackness in today’s society. Our message to students is clear: #WeGotYourB/AACC

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El Centro centers on supporting experiences of the Latinx/e diaspora through an energetic, welcoming and inclusive environment that supports personal, social, academic and cultural needs.

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Native American Cultural Center (nacc)

NACC helps create successful educational experiences by providing a full spectrum of support, resources and community outreach rooted in traditions and cultures of Native American peoples.

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Pride Resource CENTER (PRIDE)

The Pride Resource Center provides programs and services to support retention of LGBTQ+ students and works to ensure they THRIVE.

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SDC provides support for students with permanent or temporary disabilities. This can encompass physical disabilities, chronic illness/health conditions, mental health conditions, learning disabilities and other temporary disabilities.

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WGAC offers confidential crisis intervention, emotional support and information on resources for survivors of sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking. We also support secondary survivors like partners, friends and family.

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