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Learn More About Campus Equity & Inclusion

The University of Northern Colorado Department of Equity & Inclusion (DEI) is committed to developing and implementing strategies that encourage inclusion, diversity, equity, and justice. The work we do aligns with the university’s vision and supports our community of bears who are attuned to social and cultural challenges facing society. UNC puts students first.

Equity Statement: The Division Student Affairs is active, intentional and forward thinking in our approach to working with students while promoting social mobility. Diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in our work as a community. Social justice education is at the core of our collaborative practice.

Mission Statement: Equity & Inclusion strives to build an inclusive campus which fosters and nurtures a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment. We will accomplish this purpose by purposeful conversations, ongoing education and training, and social engagement. In conducting these activities, we work with UNC students, faculty, staff, alumni and the greater campus community. Our program prepares students to develop the following knowledge and skills: achieve meaningful dialect, apply ethical principles to decisions and conversations, interact effectively with others whose identities may differ, identify opportunities to connect diversity, equity and inclusion into actions and ideas, and engage in proactive initiatives. Aligned with the institutional mission, we ensure that diverse student population voices are heard and represented, we provide an environment that is inclusive to have meaningful conversations as well as learning experiences and educate the campus on what it means to be diverse, inclusive and equitable. We approach our work with equity-minded practices, care, inclusiveness, accessibility, service-oriented, and justice.


Strategic Goals

The Department of Equity & Inclusion actively seeks challenges and opportunities for improvement within our communities to foster and nurture an inclusive environment and develop responsible global citizens. Aligning with UNC’s vision of Empower Inclusivity, in the "Rowing, Not Drifting" vision report and using our core equity-minded and community principles, the office of Equity & Inclusion is charged to lay the foundation for equity and inclusion, develop short- and long-term strategies and organize working groups to nurture ongoing individual and organizational professional development and educational opportunities.

Meet the Chief Diversity Officer, Dr. Tobias Guzmán

Dr. Tobias Guzmán serves as the Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) and is responsible for the subdivision of Equity and Inclusion which includes all operations associated with the seven cultural and resource centers, and the departments of Dining Services (catering, vending and board operations) and Housing & Residential Education.

Dr. Guzmán approaches his work with a focus on building relationships and fostering a culture of care. These central tenets drive a culture of care philosophy where students and their experiences are a top priority. He works diligently to provide students with the necessary resources they need to progress along their path to success.

Dr. Guzman’s research dedication focuses on customer service, social justice, equity & inclusion, and preventing student departure. He has created various strategies and initiatives to advance the overall experience for such students. Also, Dr. Guzmán has a particular interest in working with first-generation and historically marginalized populations.

An alumnus of UNC, Tobias returned to his alma mater in 2000 after serving in a various roles at Plymouth State University and University of Toledo. Tobias holds a black belt with 25 years of experience in the traditional Japanese art of karate (Wado-Ryu). As a dedicated member of his community, Tobias has served on numerous University and community committees/boards including Chair of the City of Greeley Human Relations Commission, Board Member of the Greeley Transitional House, presenter and facilitator for Greeley-Evans School District, member of the State Advisory Council for Parent Involvement in Education, Board Member for United Way of Weld County and Board Member for UC Health Greeley Hospital. Tobias resides in Greeley with his wife and daughter, who are also actively involved in the community.

Dr. Tobias Guzmán