State College of Denver is the leading school in Colorado
- and one of the top in the nation - for providing a college
education to Latino students. As an urban institution, Metro
State reflects the surrounding city and its focus is on serving
the Denver metropolitan area's diverse population.
Metropolitan State College of Denver is an equal access/equal
opportunity institution. More Latino students attend Metro
State than any other school in Colorado attracted by the college's
high quality academic program (including a vibrant Chicano
Studies Department) and multicultural environment and media
faculty. The Department of Chicana/o Studies is located in
the Rectory Building (adjacent to St. Cajetan's Event Center)
on the Auraria Campus.
The Metropolitan State College of Denver has the only
teacher education program in Colorado that offers students
the choice of majoring in Chicano Studies prior to obtaining
their licensure. Please contact Vincent listed below for more
Contact: Vincent C
de Baca, Chair
Rectory Building, Room 101, 1156 9th Street, Denver, CO 80217
Mailing address: Campus Box 41, P.O. Box 173362,
Denver, CO 80217-3362
The Metropolitan State College of Denver among Colorado's
colleges and universities has the largest percentage of Latino
faculty and staff and the most diverse student body. The college's
commitment to the Denver area's Latino community goes beyond
student enrollment rates and graduation numbers. Metro State
faculty, staff and students have partnered with local schools,
neighborhood and cultural organizations to develop a broad
range of award-winning community programs, many focused on
improving K-12 education for Latino youngsters.
As Colorado's "college of opportunity", accessibility is
the key at Metro State. Many Metro State students are the
first from their families to attend college. Many Denver Latinos
think of Metro State as "our college".
The Metropolitan State College of Denver
Graduating classes consistently have a larger percentage
of Latinos than any other public college or university in
the state. Latinos currently make up 12 percent of Metro State's
Faculty and staff are 10 percent Latino, which ranks Metro
State among the top 60 colleges and universities nationwide
for employing Latino teachers and administrators.
Is among the top 100 colleges and universities in the nation
for graduating Latino students, along with Texas A&M, University
of California-Berkeley, Florida State University and New
Operates an innovated Bilingual Paraprofessionals Program
that identifies, recruits and trains bilingual Latinos,
who already work in local public schools systems to become
Metro State has received the Bernie Valdez Award for Corporate
Leadership from the Latin American Research Service Agency
(LARASA) for its support of Latinos/as in Colorado.
Administers the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
to help an estimated 150 students from migrant and seasonal
farm worker families in Colorado to earn a college degree.
This is the only program of its kind in Colorado, and one
of 12 in the nation.
Metro State hosts the annual Richard T. Castro Professorship
program to showcase the achievements and cultural heritage
of Chicanos and Latinos.
Continues to support and award scholarships to students
whose families were displaced when the Auraria Campus was
built in 1965.
Created the Making Connections Program for 3rd, 4th and
5th grade girls in Denver Public Schools to encourage them
to participate in math and science. The project also includes
bilingual programs for students with limited English proficiency.
Has sponsored "Journey Through Our Heritage", for Chicano
Studies students to mentor more than 100 inner-city high
school juniors and seniors in an academic competition focus
on Native American, Chicano and Latino studies.
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