Values and Priorities

Diversity and Inclusiveness

At UCCS we value inclusive diversity as a foundation for teaching and scholarship that prepares students, faculty, staff and community members for both local and global multicultural realities.  We provide an open, safe and supportive campus environment based on mutual respect, engagement and learning for everyone, including those from full spectrum backgrounds, social identities, abilities, cultures, perspectives and university roles.


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is here to serve a diverse, low income, often first-generation, excellent student body. We have always been-and will continue to be-a university focused first and foremost on our students, and on the delivery to them of educational quality, excellence and opportunity.

Our faculty and our staff are innovative, intelligent and dedicated. They create an academic environment that is intellectually exciting and emotionally supportive. They embrace new teaching and learning methodologies, engage students in new discoveries, and provide access that introduces students to new knowledge and rewarding opportunities. These efforts have been underscored by our personal commitment to welcome and work individually with every student who walks through our doors.

We are absolutely committed to keeping the public in public education, and to providing access to an excellent regional, comprehensive research university for all of southern Colorado-and beyond.


The University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus exists because of its community's advocacy and in turn is committed to Colorado Springs and the southern Colorado region. Innovation and collaboration, two of our core values, reflect this commitment. The former speaks to our role as a catalyst for economic, social and cultural change in our communities and the latter to our search for opportunities to collaborate, to build partnerships and to engage with external organizations. Crucially, our goal is to "build mutually beneficial cultural, civic, economic and system-wide collaborations with external partners and organizations to advance UCCS and the southern Colorado region." While keeping its educational mission as its primary focus, UCCS engages extensively with its external communities.


At the University of Colorado Colorado Springs we talk a lot about reaching higher. It's not just a slogan, it's based on what we know about our diverse and inclusive student body and where the University is going. Our students are serious about their futures and realize UCCS is the first step to accomplishing their dreams. They are focused. They are passionate. They know what they do here will define who they become and how they will impact the world. They reach higher. And they achieve. (read more)

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