Celebrating Heritage Months

The University of Denver is committed to living our values of diversity and inclusion. Our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni.

With that shared value in mind and in partnership with Human Resources & Inclusive Community (HRIC), the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI), The Cultural Center, and the Staff of Color Association (SOCA), we will celebrate the identities and histories of members of the DU and world communities. Each month we will feature a staff or faculty member and a student in recognition of each heritage month, along with an event to honor one another and learn about our unique differences.

Advancing a key strategic initiative outlined in the 2020-2021 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Action Plan, the Heritage Months Initiative will contribute to the creation of a campus climate and culture that strives for excellence in inclusion in all aspects of the University of Denver’s operations. Join us in this celebration!

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Featured Celebrations

Native American Heritage Month

Happy Native American Heritage Month

Go Here to Read the Letter to the Community from DU Leadership

  • Teach In 2 Teach Out | Monday, November 9 at 5:00-6:30pm

    Please join DU students, faculty, staff and alumni for an informative session to provide a space for folks to learn about the Righteous Anger Healing Resistance (RAHR) student movement and demands. There will be updates on current campus organizing efforts, strategies for action steps, and time for discussion on ideas and suggestions of how students, faculty, staff and alumni can all get involved and work together in solidarity. We will also have a discussion about the "pioneer" moniker and why the community demands its removal.

    When: Monday, November 9, 2020

    Time: 5:00pm-6:30pm

    Please RSVP Here

  • Indigenous Film & Arts Festival: Older Than the Crown | Wednesday, November 11, 7:00-9:00pm MT

    The University of Denver Museum of Anthropology is pleased to continue a partnership with the Indigenous Film and Arts Festival to present a screening of Older Than the Crown.  Following the screening, please join us for a discussion with:

    • Michael Marchand, former Chairman, Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, along with 
    • Shelly Boyd, a language and knowledge keeper for her people the Sn̓ ʕay̓ ckstx, and until recently the Sn̓ ʕay̓ ckstx/Arrow Lakes facilitator until recent COVID restrictions once again keep her people out of their Northern Territory in Canada.
    • Mark G. Underhill, lead attorney in R. v. Desautel recently heard by the Supreme Court of Canada. 
    • Moderated by Mervyn TanoPresident, International Institute for Indigenous Resource Management (IIIRM).

    Register Here

    Older Than the Crown

    Director Derrick LaMere (Rocky Boy, Little Shell, Sinixt, Entiat, Wenatchi). 

    This documentary follows the efforts of the Sinixt people to reclaim their ancestral lands in Canada and exercise their aboriginal right to hunt – lands and rights denied them by the Canadian government’s 1956 declaration that the Sinixt people were “extinct.” In 2010, Sinixt tribal member Rick Desautel challenged the loss of rights by harvesting an elk on the Tribe’s ancestral lands in British Columbia, and was charged with hunting as a non-resident without a proper permit. With the Desautel Hunting Case poised for a Supreme Court ruling, the Sinixt people are not only raising awareness of their unjust “extinction” by the Canadian government, but moving to abolish the declaration completely. (War Pony Pictures, 2020, 30 min.)

  • Environmental Protectors in the Indigenous Southwest | Thursday, November 12, 4pm (MST)

    Please join the Metropolitan State University of Denver's Native Indigenous Student Alliance with collaboration and support from the MSUD Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, in a conversation with Diné scholars and media makers Teresa Montoya and Angelo Baca as they discuss their research and activism around environmental contamination and sacred sites protection in the Indigenous Southwest.

    Please REGISTER for the event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the event.

    Register Here

  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Native Cinema Showcase | November 18-27, 2020

    The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian is hosting the Native Cinema Showcase from November 18-27, 2020. This includes 64 films by and about Native peoples, documentaries, shorts, horror, drama, animation, etc. The films are all available for five days on demand and FREE.

    THE ONLY EXCEPTION is the film Blood Quantum which will only be shown once on November 20 at 9:00pm ET. Reservations Required!

    View the Film Showcase Here

  • Indigenous Affinity Alumni group fundraiser for the Native Student Alliance | December 3, 2020

    DU's Indigenous Affinity Alumni group is hosting a Digital Drawing Fundraiser to support NSA. Tickets will be sold until December 3rd, and the drawing for the winners will be December 4th!

    Tickets are $15 dollars for one or $25 dollars for two! Send payments to @Salma-Ramires on Venmo.

    Ribbon skirts, Cheyenne-style ledger art by George Levi and Jemez Pueblo Pottery by Caroline Sando are just a few of the prizes to look forward to!!

    More Information Here

  • POSTPONED: Púpúkáhi i Holomua: Indigenous Expressions of Knowledge, Resistance and Healing

    POSTPONED TO WINTER QUARTER: Join the Pacific Islander Alliance and the Native Student Alliance for an Indigenous speaker series as we discuss what it means to be Indigenous in a variety of fields, occupations, and phases of life.

    Join via Zoom Here

    Zoom ID: 861 0526 1382

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We recognize that our community and institutional success is dependent on how well we engage and embrace the rich diversity of our faculty, staff, administrators, students and alumni. With that shared value in mind, throughout this academic year, we will publish a series of articles to celebrate the Heritage and History months. Also, if you are aware of any events that are happening on campus or have an idea for Heritage Month events, we'd love to hear about them and promote them campus-wide.

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