Do you know the history of CU’s Ethnic Studies Department?

Photo Courtesy of CU Boulder’s Department of Ethnic Studies.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Department of Ethnic Studies (DES) at CU Boulder. The Department came into being as a result of student organizing – what’s come to be known as a cross-cultural social justice movement that included a student rally, a mass student protest, and a hunger strike that lasted 6 days. These actions resulted in the signing of the “Declaration of Diversity” on April 25, 1994, by the President of the CU System.

To commemorate the anniversary of both the hunger strike movement and DES, CU will host events this coming Sunday and Monday. KGNU’s Jackie Sedley was joined by two individuals who shared the history behind it all, as well as details on the upcoming events:

CU Boulder alum and Ethnic Studies undergraduate major, as well as current Boulder County Commissioner, Marta Loachamin; and Mateo Vela, an educator in Denver Public Schools, as well as a community organizer and artist.

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Event details:

Sunday, April 21, 2024: A Community Celebration, Ethnic Studies’ 30th Anniversary.

  • Kicks off with breakfast at 9:30 a.m.
  • Panels until 6 p.m., followed by dinner and reception.
  • At Abrams Lounge (C4C).

Monday, April 22, 2024: DES Symposium.

  • 1 p.m.-5p.m.
  • At the Center for British & Irish Studies Room, on the 5th floor of the Norlin Library – Room M549 – at 1720 Pleasant St. in Boulder.
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