Department of
Ethnic Studies

Approaching democracy differently: Western and Indigenous approaches

CSU students redefine democracy by using western and Indigenous principles and ultimately crafting a manifesto that emphasizes communal responsibility over individual rights.

Spring 2023

Coming Together to Build Tools of Resistance: New Undergraduate Courses Expand Perceptions of Protest

Protest can occur in many forms. Recent students in ethnic studies and women’s and gender studies are finding alternative ways to protest: through satire and irony, and through creative and cultural production. 

Winter 2022

Fostering a Culture of Care: Restorative Justice Education Creates Space In the Classroom

Lula Tewolde and Olivia Lynch join Dr. Tom Cavanaugh at Restorative Justice Education to create a “culture of care” that trains educators how to foster culturally appropriate relationships and interactions built on equity with students in the classroom.

Winter 2021

Finding Home Beyond the Binary

Both the terms non binary and transgender work for this Women and Gender Studies student who has confirmed their social and gender identity while studying at CSU. Gender theory provided the words and the support they needed for this transformation

Spring 2021

Together, we advocate and engage

In the Department of Ethnic Studies, together we adapt, advocate, engage, and learn. From celebrating the harvest to the emancipation of the enslaved, from clothing drives to an engaged art walk, we connect with our communities to celebrate and to educate. 

Winter 2020

A Spotlight on the Mental Health Struggles of Students of Color at CSU

The pandemic has impacted everyone, but students of color experience particular stresses that negatively affect their mental health. A variety of units on campus – B/AACC, the Health Network, and the Ethnic Studies dept are providing resources, support, and education to help students navigate this difficult time. 

Winter 2019/Spring 2020

The Land Holds Memories

CSU is situated on the historic lands of the Apache, Arapaho, Ute, Cheyenne, and Pueblo. CSU’s 150th anniversary is a cause for celebration and a critical opportunity to reflect upon the dire cost paid by the original people of this place and these lands. A new land acknowledgment recognizes that the founding of the university came at a grave cost and recognizes the original stewards, knowers, and protectors of this place.