SEP Stands United For Equity, Justice and for Black Lives
We are saddened and outraged by the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others. Their tragic deaths and the ensuing events, compounded by the disproportionate impact of the COVID crisis, shine a spotlight on the deeply-rooted racist and oppressive systems that continue to inflict trauma and violence on communities of color. We stand with those protesting racism and violence in our country and condemn the violence perpetrated against them.
Anti-Blackness continues to pervade every aspect of our country – healthcare, housing, the economy, and education; colleges and universities are no exception. We bear witness to the suffering, pain and anguish of our Black students and colleagues and commit to anti-racist action, individually and collectively. The SEP is committed to self-examination to understand and address our own biases, and to dismantling structural racism by transforming policy, practice and culture to support equitable student experience and success.
Colleges and universities are enrolling more diverse student populations than ever before. Yet, one-third of new college students will not graduate within six years. There remains a need for additional support and action to provide every student with an equal opportunity to graduate from college.
The Student Experience Project was created to tackle inequities in college success by transforming the student experience. By focusing on building community and a sense of belonging on campus, the SEP is committed to a future of higher education where all students—particularly students who face barriers entering college—feel supported to persist through academic challenges until graduation day.
The Student Experience Project
The Student Experience Project (SEP) is a collaborative of university leaders, faculty, researchers and national education organizations committed to innovative, research-based practices to increase degree attainment by building equitable learning environments and fostering a sense of belonging on campus.
Financial security and college prep aren’t the only factors that can make or break a student’s success. Research shows that when students experience a sense of belonging and support on campus and in the classroom, they’re more likely to persist through academic challenges and earn their degrees.
Together, the SEP is using this research to test, implement, and scale innovative practices that transform the college experience into one where every student can access the support and resources they need to succeed.
Our participation in the SEP is one important way we honor our commitment to elevate student success and seek to create a more collaborative and inclusive campus culture.
Richard M. Allen, Associate Dean, CU Denver