Iliff’s 50in5 is our commitment to recruiting, nurturing, and sustaining a student body consisting of 50% racial and ethnic diversity in 5 years.

Inspired by intentional conversations with students, staff, faculty, board, alumni and the greater Iliff community, the 50in5 Initiative focuses particularly on racial and ethnic diversity in response to the following:

1.  Iliff recognizes its current 35% LGBTQ student body and 41% racially/ethnically diverse faculty do not yet reflect the dynamic diversity the community envisions.

2.  Iliff’s accreditation bodies noted the need for more racial/ethnic diversity in our student body.

3.  Our students are expecting racial/ethnic diversity.

4.  Iliff consistently seeks to address inequitable systemic structures within society and within our own institution.

5.  Iliff recognizes the individual, institutional, and global educational benefits that a racially and ethnically diverse student body provides.

On All Sides Report: An Introduction

This International Pronouns Day, things look pretty different. But even amid our country’s current crises, we are more committed than ever to celebrating, supporting, and advocating for transgender students of color. We’re still showing up, and we hope you will too! Join our On All Sides report launch taking place today. The day, led by International Pronouns Day, is partnering with the All Students Count Coalition (ASCC), a project led by Advocates for Youth. The ASCC is composed of Advocates for Youth, The Trevor Project, Movement Advancement Project, CenterLink, Gender Spectrum, Equality Ohio, National Center for Lesbian Rights, PFLAG, Transgender Law Center, Queerly Health, Rhodes Perry Consulting, Strength In Numbers Consulting Group, and other health, education, and advocacy organizations.

International Pronouns Day seeks to make respecting, sharing, and educating about personal pronouns commonplace. Referring to people by the pronouns they determine for themselves is basic human dignity. Being referred to by the wrong pronouns particularly affects transgender students. Affirming a transgender student’s gender by using pronouns that align with their gender identity has been shown to improve mental health outcomes. And, especially during this year’s International Pronouns Day celebrations, we MUST center transgender students of color.

Everyone has the right to be addressed by the name and pronouns that correspond to their gender identity, including the use of nonbinary/neutral pronouns (e.g., they/them). We’re dedicating today to uplifting the need for normalizing the usage of pronouns and a report On All Sides: How Race, Ethnicity & Gender Influence Health Risk for Transgender Students of Color on transgender student’s intersectional health disparities.