Graduate Center for Diversity & Access

creating an inclusive environment for all students

Our Commitment to Inclusion

The Graduate School is committed to providing an inclusive and supportive environment for all students.

The Graduate Center for Diversity and Access is pleased to provide:

  • Access to GCDA Faculty mentors.
  • Mentorship support and training for faculty to further the University’s commitment to an inclusive community.
  • Professional development activities.
  • Socialization activities developed to encourage professional networks.
  • Recruitment and retention activities and programs with an emphasis on graduate students from diverse populations.
  • Activities and programs that prepare diverse students as strong candidates for graduate school.
  • Consultative services to departments and colleges regarding graduate recruitment and retention activities, diversity data, and graduate school diversity initiatives.

The Graduate Center for Diversity and Access Student Programming includes events throughout the Fall and Spring semesters to facilitate interaction between students, faculty and other campus community members.  Joining a dinner meeting is an easy way to connect with our community. Meetings include a variety of topics, may include guest speakers and are offered at least twice a semester.

CIMER Faculty

Meet our faculty members participating in The Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research training. CIMER trained faculty facilitate and lead mentor trainings for faculty and graduate students in their colleges, special academic units, and GCDA.

  • Denise Apodaca

    College of Liberal Arts – Department of Music and Women’s Studies & Gender Research

  • Lucas Argueso

    College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences

  • Kim Cox-York

    College of Health and Human Sciences – Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition

  • Patti Davies

    College of Health and Human Sciences – Department of Occupational Therapy

  • Liba Goldstein

    Warner College of Natural Resources – Fish, Wildlife, & Conservation Biology

  • Lynn Hempel

    College of Liberal Arts – Department of Sociology

  • Marie Legare

    College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences – Department of Environmental & Radiological Health Sciences

  • Paul Laybourn

    College of Natural Sciences – Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

  • Andrew Norton

    College of Agricultural
    Sciences – Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management

  • Sara Rathburn

    Warner College of Natural Resources – Department of Geosciences

  • Nick Roberts

    College of Business – Department of Computer Information Systems

  • Karan Venayagamoorthy

    Walter Scott, Jr. College of Engineering – Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

  • May 15, 2018 CIMER Training


    Principles of Community

    The Principles of Community support the Colorado State University mission and vision of access, research, teaching, service and engagement. A collaborative and vibrant community is a foundation for learning, critical inquiry, and discovery. Therefore, each member of the CSU community has a responsibility to uphold these principles when engaging with one another and acting on behalf of the University.

    Inclusion: We create and nurture inclusive environments and welcome, value and affirm all members of our community, including their various identities, skills, ideas, talents and contributions.

    Integrity: We are accountable for our actions and will act ethically and honestly in all our interactions.

    Respect: We honor the inherent dignity of all people within an environment where we are committed to freedom of expression, critical discourse, and the advancement of knowledge.

    Service: We are responsible, individually and collectively, to give of our time, talents, and resources to promote the well-being of each other and the development of our local, regional, and global communities.

    Social Justice: We have the right to be treated and the responsibility to treat others with fairness and equity, the duty to challenge prejudice, and to uphold the laws, policies and procedures that promote justice in all respects.

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    Greg FlorantDr. Greg Florant, professor of biology, serves as the director of the Graduate Center for Diversity and Access and provides leadership for the LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship Program.