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.
Hack the Gates
We have many projects aimed locally to serve the people and communities around us. By identifying the precise needs of our state and building outreach, our community-engaged research projects address the harm of systemic racism on individuals and educational communities at a state level.
RISE scholar OiYan Poon co-managed the program
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. In recognition of those challenges, the Black, Indigenous, and Teachers of Color (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.
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 the Caminos Program 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.
The Caminos program incorporates service learning and aspirational career planning for high school graduation and college readiness. To achieve these objectives, the Caminos program fosters positive relationships with current CSU student mentors and creates valuable community connections with Latina/on and Indigenous professionals.
RISE faculty member and project P.I.: Dr. Antonette Aragon