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Latinx Student Services

 Comadre Circles

Comadre Circles is a group created for self-identified Latinas attending the University of Colorado Denver. The purpose of this group is to provide a space for Latinas to support each other through their educational/career goals, speak to their unique experiences as a CU Denver student, and find solidarity in shared experiences across identities. This group will meet on a monthly basis and will be guided by the needs of the group; lunch will be provided.

A Comadre is someone who you enjoy a deep mutual connection with. It is a connection that goes beyond a “best friend” or “close friend.” It is a shared spiritual connection that supports the healing and nurturing of each other’s aspirations and life’s tribulations. Additionally, we invoke the concept of “talking circles” which honors our Latinx indigenous Mayan and Aztec roots. With this framework we hope to create a space for self-identified Latinas to thrive at University of Colorado Denver and beyond.​


 Dia de Los Muertos

Dia de Los Muertos is a holiday that is celebrated in central and southern Mexico during November 1st and 2nd. The tradition focuses on celebrating and remembering friends and family who have passed away. It is believed that the gates of heaven are open at midnight on October 31st to allow the spirits of all deceased children (angelitos) to reunite with their families for 24 hours. On November 2nd, the spirits of the adults come down to enjoy the festivities that are prepared for them. Elaborate altars are built to honor specific family members who have passed away. The altar usually contains a combination of religious imagery as well as photos of the deceased and offerings/gifts for the deceased. Calaveras or skulls are representations of deceased relatives. Made of sugar or chocolate and often consumed by kids after the celebration, they are an example of the Mexican ability to celebrate, mock and play with death. 

Please check out both our CU Denver Dia De Los Muertos Celebration and our Tri-Institutional Celebration.


 Hispanic Heritage Month

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively. Also, Columbus Day or Día de la Raza, which is October 12, falls within this 30 day period. (Source:

Hispanic Heritage Month programing at the Auraria Campus is developed by the Latinos Unidos Across Auraria committee.


 Latinx Graduation

The Latinx Graduation Celebration occurs every May to celebrate the accomplishments of Latinx identified CU Denver graduates. Students graduating in May, August or December are welcome to attend. During this event graduates are presented with a sarape sash to wear during graduation to show their Latinx pride and heritage.​​


 Tri-Institutional Latinx Leadership Summit

The tri-institutional committee Latinos Unidos Across Auraria (LUAA) celebrates the Annual Latinx Leadership Summit, to honor the founding of the United Farm Workers Movement; We commemorate the tireless and non-violent organizing efforts of Co-Founders, Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta; We honor the more than 50 years of struggle by recognizing those in our Latinx Community who have lived out and endured the struggle.

The Latinx Leadership Summit began 12 years ago to offer Auraria students the opportunity to develop their leadership from a Latinx cultural perspective.  From its inception, representatives from CCD, MSUD and CU Denver believed it was important to maintain solidarity and unity by ensuring that the summit would be equally representative of the three institutions on Auraria Campus. 

The first 3 years the conference was held during Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept/Oct) then it eventually “migrated” to be celebrated on Cesar Chavez’s Birthday March 31st to honor his Life, Legacy & Leadership. The day is filled with great speakers, workshops, activism, a march for peace and justice through campus and artistic presentations related to leadership designed to honor the sprit of Cesar Chavez and his influence in Leadership today.


For more information contact Abenicio Rael, Director Latinx Student Services

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