Inclusion Matters

Principled Philanthropy

You Belong Here

Colorado State University’s University Advancement team advances CSU by connecting alumni and donors to their passions.

We achieve this mission by wholeheartedly embracing CSU’s Principles of Community and by continually striving to create an inclusive and equitable environment where the unique contributions of each individual are celebrated. Through a stalwart commitment to the practice of principled philanthropy, we are creating a future for Colorado State University where everyone is welcome and Proud to Be a CSU Ram.

PRINCIPLED PHILANTHROPY means fulfilling our mission of advancing CSU by connecting alumni and donors to their passions in a manner that exemplifies CSU’s Principles of Community, fulfills our obligation to transparency and accountability, and upholds the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence. In partnership with our alumni and donors, we invest in the CSU community with integrity and an ethical code of conduct, and in ways that fulfill our promise to create opportunity for all in higher education.

Our Priorities

Encouraging attendance of the Creating Inclusive Excellence Program, facilitated by the Vice President for Inclusive Excellence.

Training offerings for new employees as well as ongoing annual offerings for supervisors and employees with topics ranging from inclusive engagement, handling conflict, safety and reporting, traditional biases and unconscious biases, classism, hierarchical biases, and more. It’s on all of us to contribute to an inclusive culture where every member of our team feels safe, valued, and proud to be a CSU Ram. We must also create this environment for our donors and alumni, ensuring people of all backgrounds and identities feel at home in CSU’s community.

In addition to training, we must also make sure that we commit to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging through our programs and our practices.

Recruitment and Retention of Diverse Staff
In support of CSU’s commitment to achieving a diverse workforce and student body, University Advancement considers diversity in the hiring process for staff and actively recruits diverse populations through focused efforts, along with analyzing our hiring process for bias.

To support our inclusive culture and retain our talent, we are constantly striving to develop resources, programs, and opportunities for our employees to engage in our diversity efforts and our campus community.

University Advancement Inclusion Council
The purpose of University Advancement’s Inclusion Council (IC) is to advance UA’s mission by defining our commitment to Principled Philanthropy. To achieve this, the IC exists to create an environment that is inclusive and equitable, and welcomes, values, and affirms the contributions of everyone. The IC will work to remove persistent barriers that inhibit the success of members of our campus community, especially those from underrepresented and historically marginalized populations. The IC will promote organizational change through embracing inclusion and by ensuring differing perspectives from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. In the unending pursuit of Colorado State’s Land Grant mission, the IC strives to hold the division accountable for promoting inclusion, integrity, respect, service, and social justice, which are the tenets of the Principles of Community.

To learn more about University Advancement’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, contact our Talent Management and Human Resources team at