Using the research expertise of RISE Scholars, four 2020 policy briefs were compiled with the intent of providing easy-to-digest recommendations for institutions to use in supporting minoritized communities and improving education access.
Black, Indigenous, and Teachers of Color (BITOC) Collective
For students of color, training to become future teachers can mean struggling to fit into a largely unvarying workforce. The BITOC Collective at Colorado State University provides a space where students can form supportive connections and unpack their experiences to ultimately sustain their passion for teaching.
This is a Center for Education Preparation initiative with support from the RISE Center and Department of English.
RISE affiliate Ricki Ginsberg co-manages the program.
Learn more about how BITOC (formerly known as the Teachers of Color and Indigenous Teachers (ToCIT) Collective) began in this article.
Los Caminos: Pathways to Education
A partnership between Fort Collins High School, and Colorado State University’s El Centro Cultural Center and School of Education, the goal of Los Caminos is to address specific academic needs among Latina/o and Indigenous students, and to provide access to and understanding of higher education opportunities while affirming cultural and racial identity, assets, and funds of knowledge.
Los Caminos incorporates service learning and aspirational career planning for high school graduation and college readiness. To achieve these objectives, the program fosters positive relationships with current CSU student mentors and creates valuable community connections with Latina/o and Indigenous professionals.
RISE faculty member and project PI: Antonette Aragon