The University of Colorado campus. (File photo)

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In a state that’s become increasingly diverse, the professors who teach at Colorado’s four-year colleges are overwhelmingly white.

Of the 3,500 professors who have tenure, just 15 of them are Black women. Another 38 are Black men.

Hispanic students now make up about 20% of the state’s universities. But Hispanic professors? Less than 8% of all tenured professors across the state.

In one area Colorado has similar representation: Asian faculty. Asians represent 6.4% of tenured faculty compared with 4% of students who attend the state’s four-year universities.

Who teaches students matters. Studies show that it affects a student’s sense of belonging, and whether students and families see colleges as being for them. Advocates say that diversifying faculty also would help diversify enrollment and provide role models.


Jason Gonzales is the Higher Education and Legislative Matters Reporter for Chalkbeat Colorado. Previously, he covered K-12 and higher education for The Tennessean and Brunswick County for the Wilmington Star News. He is a 2018 Education Writers...