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Aquetza Summer 2017
the Aquetza Story classroom lecture
AQUETZA Class of 2014'
AQUETZA scholars circle at CU Boulder
AQUETZA classroom at CU Boulder
AQUETZA high school men
three AQUETZA Scholars
AQUETZA high school women girls
Aquetza Scholars 2016
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AQUETZA Scholars on CU Campus


Welcome to the home of the Aquetza: Youth, Leadership, Education and Community Empowerment Program at CU Boulder hosted by UMAS y MEXA de CU Boulder, a summer enrichment experience for Colorado youth.
Aquetza 2021 is a free, residential summer program that provides high school students with strong ties to Chicano/Latino communities from across Colorado with an interactive, academic enrichment experience focused on engaging Chican@/Latin@ youth in examining the history, literature, health science, and relevant social and political issues surrounding their cultural communities, through rigorous academic work in ethnic studies, writing, reading, and science. Through our programming, attendees will have opportunities to see themselves as scholars – as holders and producers of new and valuable knowledge – as well as a chance to develop the skills to become leaders in their communities.

Applications are closed for 2021. 2022 Applications to open in February.

2022: This coming summer, the Aquetza program will be piloting a new, 2 week model running from Friday July 8th through Saturday July 23rd.

  • The first week of the program, July 8-16th will take place in-person and on-campus in the dorms at CU-Boulder.  Housing and food will be provided all week.
  • The second week, July 18-22nd will consist of daily in-person sessions in each of the different regions throughout Colorado. Food will be provided at meetings.  
  • The last day, Saturday July 23rd will be an in-person final event. 

We are currently accepting applications from Colorado high school students in grades 9, 10 and 11 to attend our program this summer. There is no GPA requirement and no cost for the program.  Students with nontraditional academic and social backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants will be contacted regarding your acceptance status into the Aquetza Program by May 31st, 2022.

For further information or questions, please contact:

Jason Romero Jr.
(719) 821-0762 (English) 

Magnolia Landa-Posas
(720) 474-8450 (English, Spanish)

Dr. Enrique López
(559) 917-7832 (English)