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Center for Identity & Inclusion | Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) certificate is an exciting new educational opportunity at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver), where the term Indigenous includes Native American, American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Hawaiian Native. This first-of-its-kind program provides training, internships, and job placement opportunities for students interested in environmental issues involving tribal and non-tribal entities.
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The American Indian Student Services Summer Indigenous STEaM camp is grounded in Indigenous knowledge when looking at Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math within the western model. Our sessions are taught by Native college students with the intention of providing mentorship, role modeling and to give camp participants a college campus experience. The camp provides an opportunity for Native middle and high school students to be on the CU Denver campus and to build relationships and community with CU Denver Native students while learning about the brilliance and history of Indigenous ecological, scientific, technological, engineering, art, and mathematical knowledge while integrating this understanding into the western STEM model.
The Tri-institutional Indigenous Student Retreat sponsored by American Indian Student Services aims to bring Indigenous, American Indian/Alaska Native students from all three institutions at Auraria together for a day of building community. This event will begin with a traditional opening and invocation by a respected spiritual leader. Break-out sessions led by two respected elders will present on traditional Indigenous knowledge, identity, and higher education. A world-renowned spoken word artist and activist, Ms. Lyla June (Din’e) will perform and speak to participants. Lunch will be provided by Tocabe the local and only Native American restaurant in Colorado. Students will spend the afternoon networking and team building. The closing will include a traditional blessing ceremony for our students led by our spiritual leader.