Professor Medak-Saltzman & a student

Students at 2016 Native Welcome meet Professor Medak-Saltzman

There are a number of programs at CU that support and create community for Native students.

CU LEAD Alliance - The CU LEAD Alliance is a unique set of academic learning communities whose students, faculty and staff are united to promote inclusive excellence. These “academic neighborhoods” build camaraderie and promote student success during the first-year and throughout students’ four years through a rich array of: 1) cohort experiences, 2) participation scholarships, 3) academic enrichment activities, and 4) community-building activities.

White Antelope Memorial Scholarship (WAMS), the First Nations Scholarship & the Catherine and George Favareaux Scholarship - The WAMS and First Nations scholarships provide funding, community and support for Native American students at CU. 

Student Academic Success Center (SASC) is a multi-cultural academic learning community, serving low income and first generation college students with academic skills development, math and writing courses, supplementary instruction in gateway courses, tutoring, pre-collegiate opportunities and graduate research opportunities. 

Upward Bound is a Federal TRIO Program designed to motivate and support students from disadvantaged backgrounds, supplementing their existing education and preparing them for academic success at all educational levels. Upward Bound provides opportunities for students to prepare for college entrance, succeed in pre-college performance and ultimately achieve success in higher education pursuits. 

UROP (Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program) - Each year UROP funds hundreds of students who produce new knowledge and creative work in partnership with CU's world-class faculty. We serve students and faculty whose learning and teaching goals include outside-the-classroom enrichment. If you'd like to find out how to get paid for doing research at CU, see their website.

There are also several student organizations at CU that represent Native American & Indigenous students:

AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) has both a CU Boulder and a National Chapter. The CU-Boulder Chapter wants to encourage and support American Indian and Alaskan Natives to pursue the science and engineering fields and connect the student chapter to the professional Native community. 

Graduate Students of Color Collective (GSCC): A student group that aims to create and maintain space for self-identified students of color to gather and support each other in the School of Education and at CU Boulder. Our hope is to hold formal and informal gatherings throughout school year and potentially host events and collaborate with other graduate students and organizations. Please email Cecilia Valenzuela at for more information.

NALSA (Native American Law Students Association) provides academic, social, and cultural support to Native American students at the University of Colorado Law School as well as those with an interest in federal Indian and tribal law.

Oyate Native American Student Organization serves as a support center for Native American students (graduate and undergraduate), and offers a communal atmosphere where students can come together to share their unique cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. It offers academic support, and is the central place for Native American students to network with one another, and other student groups both locally and nationally.