Within the classroom, CU students burn through pages of Chicano literature in an attempt to understand the repressed anxiety of a torn culture. Yet when they step outside, they stare and wonder about the few brown faces that add a tint of color to the predominantly white portrait of the University of Colorado. While there has been a recent increase in international students, the reality is that minorities are underrepresented on the CU campus. The lack of diversity on campus has stirred concern among a number of students and groups who have formed to develop the Building Community Campaign. The campaign is dedicated to creating a campus environment promoting diversity amongst all races, sexual orientations, ethnic backgrounds, and economic statuses. The Office of Diversity and Equity is also committed to organizing campus programs for women, ethnic minorities, and other diversities.
While the effort of these organizations is apparent, the truth remains a constant reminder of what CU is missing. Although there is diversity of religions and cultures, racial diversity is lacking for a major university.