our commitment to anti-racism

An Anti-Racist CU & CU Anti-Racism Creed

July 27, 2020

Please join the Department of Ethnic Studies in adopting An Anti-Racist CU : Classroom Language & Practices from RadBIPoC Women & Femmes Collective and the CU Anti-Racism Creed.

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We Condemn Racist Police Violence

June 1, 2020

The Departments of Ethnic Studies and Women and Gender Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder condemn the police killing of Mr. George Floyd. This killing adds to a long list of over 1250 folks of African descent killed by police since 2005, not taking into account acts of police...

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Congratulations, Ethnic Studies Graduates!

May 6, 2020

Dear Graduates, We are honored to recognize you today, on Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho lands, the next generation of leaders, thinkers, poets, and builders. You have emerged like the wind refreshing us with new ways of thinking and seeing the world, offering new imaginaries and possibilities. You have built on...

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DES Support: A Mental Health Guide for People of Color

April 6, 2020

The Department of Ethnic Studies would like to share A Mental Health Guide for People of Color , brought to you by the Oberlin College Counseling Center, Health Promotion, and Multicultural Resource Center. Oberlin College has graciously let us share this information, and has encouraged others to share widely as...

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DES Statement about Anti-Asian Harassment and the COVID-19/Novel Coronavirus

March 2, 2020

The Centers for Disease Control recently announced that the COVID-19/novel coronavirus may spread in the United States. As people take precautions to stay healthy , the Ethnic Studies department wants to also acknowledge the rise of anti-Asian (especially anti-Chinese) harassment that many Asian Americans (particularly those who look East Asian)...

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Department Statement on Recent Racist Remarks

Oct. 9, 2019

We, the faculty and staff in the Department of Ethnic Studies, stand in direct condemnation of white supremacist hate speech and acts. Recent footage of racist hate speech directed at Black students studying at the Engineering Center on Sunday, October 6th, 2019 has compelled us to issue a statement of...

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Department Statement on DACA

Sept. 13, 2017

We, the faculty and staff of the Department of Ethnic Studies, declare our resolute endorsement of DACA and our unconditional support for Dreamer students and everyone threatened by the current climate of white supremacy, transphobia, and xenophobia. We condemn the unwarranted criminalization of migrants, the poor, people of color, members...

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Department Statement on Free Speech, Tolerance, and Respect

Nov. 30, 2016

The 2016 presidential campaign season and the subsequent election results have enabled forms of speech and actions that are positioned directly against our core values of respect, compassion, and social justice for all people. By this measure, we emphasize that freedom of speech does not extend to speech that seeks...