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Diversity trends at CSU

Ethnicity enrollment statistics 1986-2011

Fall 1986*
Native American: 0.59%
Black: 1.24%
Asian American: 1.74%
Hispanic: 2.92%
White: 85.15%
International: 3.62%
Other: 4.75%
Total: 100% (18,381 students)


Fall 1990
Native American: 0.7%
Black: 1.6%
Asian American: 2.3%
Hispanic: 4.0%
White: 85.1%
International: 3.8%
Other: 2.5%
Total: 100% (20,795 students)

Fall 1995
Native American: 1.1%
Black: 1.4%
Asian American: 2.6%
Hispanic: 5.0%
White: 84.5%
International: 3.0%
Other: 2.2%
Total: 100% (21,914 students)

Fall 2000
Native American: 1.2%
Black: 1.7%
Asian American: 2.7%
Hispanic: 5.4%
White: 82.1%
International: 3.6%
Other: 3.2%
Total: 100% (23,098 students)

Fall 2005
Native American: 1.4%
Black: 1.9%
Asian American: 2.9%
Hispanic: 5.6%
White: 80.4%
International: 3.3%
Other: 4.5%
Total: 100% (24,947 students)

Fall 2010**
Native American: 0.4%
Black: 1.7%
Asian: 1.8%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Hispanic/Latino: 7.1%
Multi-Racial: 2.5%
White: 77.1%
No response: 5.2%
International: 3.9%
Total: 100% (26,356 students)

Fall 2011**
Native American: 0.4%
Black: 1.9%
Asian: 1.8%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Hispanic/Latino: 7.7%
Multi-Racial: 2.7%
White: 75.3%
No response: 5.9%
International: 4.2%
Total: 100% (26,735 students)

*Statistics on ethnic diversity not found prior to fall 1986.
**Report uses new Federal Ethnicity/Race categories effective fall 2010.

Q & A with CSU Vice President of Diversity Mary Ontiveros

Why is diversity increasing?
“The availability of diverse students has gone up. Demographics are changing across the country, and certainly in Colorado,” Ontiveros said.


How does the university recruit diverse students?
“The focus is on students who are already successful in school to try to enhance their leadership skills … and give back to the community,” Ontiveros said.

Programs include:

Black Issue Forum
Lorenzo de Zavala Youth Legislative Session
Black African American Culture Center
El Centro
Native American Cultural Center
Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center

How does CSU’s diversity compare to its peer institutions?
Because of Fort Collins’ physical location and current diversity, students applying to CSU need to make a decision to come to a community that may not be as diverse as their own, according to Ontiveros. Some of CSU’s peer institutions are in communities which are already very diverse in nature, she said.

Does the university support diversity?
There is a strong push to make the vice president for diversity role a full-time position at CSU to further support diversity, according to Ontiveros.

“People on campus have been particularly supportive in so far as they are members of the diversity infrastructure,” she said.

Departments and colleges across campus have been helpful in doing their part with diversity projects, she said.

Future of diversity at CSU

“We want everyone to feel comfortable and culturally competent,” Ontiveros said.

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