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Center for Identity & Inclusion

Where Students Are Always First


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The University of Colorado Denver Center for Identity & Inclusion (CII) consists of American Indian Student Services (AISS), Asian American Student Services (AASS), Black Student Services (BSS) and Latinx Student Services (LSS). CII provides vital links to the culturally rich and diverse community surrounding CU Denver.

Mission​

CII provides services: a) to support underrepresented students and b) to promote a diverse and inclusive campus for all students, faculty, and staff.


Land Acknowledgement

"Acknowledging that we reside in the homelands of Indigenous Peoples is an important step to recognizing the history and the original stewards of these lands. The United States has worked hard to erase the narratives of Indigenous Peoples, however land acknowledgments help in reminding people about our institution’s history as well as the many contributions Native peoples have made over time.

While land acknowledgements are important, they are not to be used as a current trend that many universities and non-profits adopted. There are protocols and a land acknowledgment is not to be just said or read, just to be said or read. The intent of the acknowledgement must extend far beyond the words you speak in a moment. Land acknowledgements must be implemented throughout the practice and echo through direct action in supporting and centering Indigenous Peoples.

“As we gather here today, we honor and acknowledge that we are on the traditional territories and ancestral homelands of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe Nations. This area was also the site of trade, hunting, gathering and healing for many other Native Nations: The Ute, Lakota, Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, Shoshone and many other native nations.

We recognize the Indigenous peoples as the original stewards of the land and all the relatives within in, the animal nations, plant nations, insect nations and stone nation. As these words of acknowledgment are spoken and heard, the ties these nations have to their traditional homelands are renewed and reaffirmed. Let us acknowledge also the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory. We respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. We pay our respect to them and give thanks to all Tribal Nations and the ancestors of this place.” ~ Gracie RedShirt Tyon CII’s American Indian Services Director​

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