Our Charge

The Commission on Diversity and Racial Equity (CODRE) was established in 1998 by University of Louisville President John Shumaker, to promote a campus culture of inclusion and engagement. The Commission’s role in diversity related activities includes:

  • To serve as the president’s policy advisor on issues of diversity at the University of Louisville.
  • To make recommendations to the president for the development or revision of initiatives to make the University a more inclusive community, and to report the progress of these initiatives.
  • To develop strategic and tactical actions in cooperation with the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) to improve the learning and working environments at the University of Louisville.
  • To support crucial dialog and efforts to promote cultural values and diverse perspectives that characterize the United States that must be reflected in our university.
  • To serve as a resource to members of the president’s staff, executive cabinet, and individual units that seek assistance and advice with diversity and inclusion initiatives.
  • To recognize and support staff and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in advancing diversity.
  • To develop and support programming to augment student learning and research.   

Developed by the Executive Committee of the Commission on Diversity and Racial Equity April 4, 2017