Department of
Ethnic Studies

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.

Spring 2019

Toward a New Economy: Cryptocurrency and International Development

Bitcoin, the most popular cryptocurrency, has been touted as an amazing solution for those without easy access to a traditional bank. While it certainly opens up opportunities for people in developing nations who otherwise have to rely on third parties to help them receive and transfer money, it is not a cure-all. Plus, there are environmental implications to running all of the servers needed to mine Bitcoin. So, are cryptocurrencies worth it?

Winter 2018

Water Wise: working across disciplines to solve problems of scarcity and contamination

From scarcity and drought, to equitable distribution across a growing population, to contamination from mining and other extractive industries, water in Colorado is the nexus for interdisciplinary research that fulfills CSU’s land grant mission.

Spring 2018

Why We Need Ethnic Studies (Now More than Ever)

Ethnic studies is the history of us: of how we have become this great nation (with warts and all), of the obstacles we have overcome to get to this point, and of the challenges that we still face as a nation.

Winter 2017

Walk better in the world

For Namuyaba Temanju, helping others runs in the family. Her mother, a nurse, helped Somali refugees in Kenya and in Somalia, and Temanju has taken that desire to help immigrants and refugees as a community organizer in Fort Morgan, Colo.