Register now for Displacement and Removal: Histories and Legacies of the Auraria Campus, September 28 & 29
For over a year, the CLAS Council on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion has been working hard to organize the symposium Histories and Legacies of Displacement and Removal on the Auraria Campus. This two-day interactive gathering, taking place on September 28-29, will explore the University of Colorado Denver’s histories of displacement and removal of Indigenous and Hispanic/Latinx communities. The event will provide a space where participants can engage with the campus’s past and present and strengthen on‐going efforts to construct mechanisms to acknowledge, confront, and commemorate the forced relocations of communities of color that allowed for the existence of the Auraria Campus. As we celebrate our 50th anniversary this year, it’s more important than ever for us to reflect on the painful parts of our history in order to make sure we are working in every way to support equity going forward.
The complete schedule, descriptions, and registration for the symposium is now available on the CLAS website. While the event will be held in-person at St. Cajetan’s Church, options for virtual participation are available (and Spanish translation services will be a part of the zoom option). The hope is that this event will ensure the continued sharing of Denver, Auraria, and campus histories and promote broader understanding of the impact of displacement and removal. The symposium will include academic panels, personal testimony, open discussions, walking tours, documentary film, and more, but I wanted to highlight just a few of our own faculty and students taking part:
September 28, 2:00-3:15pm: "Current Case Studies of Displacement Pressures in Denver"
Valentina Serrano Salomón, MA Student, Sociology
Marisa Westbrook, PhD Candidate, Health and Behavioral Sciences
September 29, 9:30-10:45am: "Community and Social Justice in Auraria Commemoration Projects"
Rachel Gross, History
Brian Page, Geography and Environmental Sciences
Tony Robinson, Political Science
Septmber 29, 3:30pm-4:45pm: "Archival and Digital Methods in the Classroom to Understand Displacement and Removal"
Rebecca Hunt, History
Amanda Rees, Geography and Environmental Sciences
Michelle Comstock, English
In addition, History Graduate Students Bianca Barriskill and Maggie Graber-Heisinger collected oral histories, and Lee Bishop and Whitney Roberts developed and will run walking-tours. Registration is required to attend, and don’t wait because space is limited.
I’d like to thank everyone both inside and outside CLAS who are making this event possible, including the CLAS members of the symposium working group Rachel Gross, Timberly Roane, Kristen Salsbury, and Tracy Kohm. Most of all, this symposium is a testament to the diligence and dedication of Associate Dean Marjorie Levine-Clark. Her continued commitment to expanding diversity, equity and inclusion programing in the college and beyond can only be described as heroic.
Karina Muro, Psychology BA, 2021, didn’t see a lot of people who looked like her or had a similar background to her when she was growing up. Now living in the Denver metro area with her daughter and wife, Muro is chasing a goal to make the next Karina Muro feel less lonely. “I want to be that person, if I'm just one individual helping another individual, who's coming out to their family, who's Latinx at 30, at 35…be their supporter, be their cheerleader — however I can be there to help them,” said Muro. Students like Muro are part of a pipeline or network of organizations in Colorado that are working together to tackle this larger issue — lack of diversity among the workforce for mental and behavioral health.
The Department of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences at now has its own mural in the office suite in Student Commons Building. The artist Drew Horton, PhD student in the department, completed the design in Spring and the painting over two weeks in Summer. Each section represents a research group in the department, and every part is composed of figures from the research of students. Images and more details are available at this Twitter thread.
LynxConnect and the Office of Alumni Relations is launching the Alumni-in-Residence (AIR) program to connect students with accomplished alumni for one-on-one or small group career and industry advice. Students can sign up for a 30-minute in-person or Zoom appointment in a dedicated working space to ask specific career questions or to solicit general advice from someone who has walked in their shoes.
The Alumni-in-Residence program will run from September through November and from February through April, hosting 1-2 alumni per month. The first Alumni-in-Residence is Alumni Board President Natriece Bryant, Communication BA 2002 and Sociology MA 2007. She will be in the LynxConnect space on September 15, 21, and 29. In October, the in AIR will be international alum, life coach, and TEDx speaker Marta Spirk and photographer and business owner Shameka McBoat – dates and times coming soon.
Sara Branco, Assistant Professor in the Department of Integrative Biology, published a Tansley review in the leading journal in the plant sciences (with impact factor of 10.32) New Phytologist, Mechanisms of stress tolerance and their effects on the ecology and evolution of mycorrhizal fungi. This work documents how mutualistic fungi associated with plant roots respond to environmental stress and act to protect their plant partners. This work was a collaborative effort with Hui-Ling Liao of the University of Florida, Joske Ruytinx of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, and Annie Schauster, former graduate student in Integrative Biology. Tansley reviews are in-depth invited reviews that are both authoritative and accessible and address the most exciting and ground-breaking research.
Assistant Professor of English Kari Campeau recently published new findings from a study where she interviewed adult participants in phase three clinical trials for a Covid vaccine. The study aimed to understand participants' motivations and experiences related to clinical trial participation, as well as their conceptions of science and the meanings and bounds of their participation.
Through a detailed analysis of wear on the beads and pendants, a team working with Jamie Hodgkins, Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology, found evidence that they were worn well before the infant was born and passed down to her. Publishing in the Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, The Ornaments of the Arma Veirana Early Mesolithic Infant Burial, the team determined that beads were likely sewn onto a baby carrier 10,000 years ago, that was buried with the infant. Baby carriers were probably invented very long ago, but evidence for them is hard to find because the material they were made of disintegrates. These beads have provided a very unique window into past behavior and provided us with a connection to this tragic event that happened so long ago.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lola and Rob Salazar Wellness Center Courtyard
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