Black professors leave University of Denver, citing campus climate

One instructor says faculty of color are responsible for 'invisible labor,' like serving on committees and task forces, and supporting marginalized students.

Three tenured Black professors at the University of Denver will be leaving the school at the end of this academic year.

The string of departures raises questions about the university’s ability to retain faculty of color and leaves fewer Black educators on campus. Just 3.5% of DU’s 742 full-time faculty members are Black.

More than 70 students attended a May 4 rally on campus organized by graduate students to call attention to the professors’ exits and tell the university what they feel should be done.

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