After discussion among campus leaders, CU Denver will remain open for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17, as it historically has. While students will have the holiday off and the semester will begin the next day with remote learning, employees will have a normal workday on Jan. 17. Traditionally, CU Denver employees have received the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day off as paid holiday leave. This has not been the case for other CU campuses, which do observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day and the day after Thanksgiving.
This decision is part of a broader conversation with CU campus leaders and chief diversity officers on the university’s existing holiday schedule and how future decisions must be made through an equity lens, according to CU Denver’s Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Antonio Farias. Representatives from the campus’ shared governance groups, including Faculty Assembly, Staff Council, and Student Government Association, are in the process of meeting with senior leadership to create a holiday policy to present to Chancellor Michelle Marks. This policy will take into consideration goals 1 and 5 of CU Denver’s Strategic Plan—to be an equity-serving institution and people-centered best place to work, respectively—to recognize the wide range of cultures and belief systems of its diverse campus.
“While we will remain open this year during the national commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., we are committed to creating a policy that allows individuals to take the opportunity to honor additional diverse commemorations, such as the Lunar New Year, Juneteenth, Indigenous Peoples Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Yom Kippur, Veterans Day, and the wide array of commemorations that make us stronger through our diverse ways of being,” Farias said.
CU Denver will announce its new holiday schedule by the end of this semester.