Denver, Colorado Welcomes NACCS 43

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The Colorado Foco would like to welcome you to Colorado! Colorado is a complex state with a history of massacre, struggle, resistance, transformation, and continued resistance. It is a land that bares the scars of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Mexican, and now immigrant people of many nations. It is also the lived evidence of surviving and thriving.

The theme of this year’s conference, “¡Chicana/o Power! Transforming Chicana/o Activism, Discourse and Scholarship into Power” provides the Colorado Foco an opportunity to reflect on the last 30 years. There have been many moments of progress, including the development of a Department of Chicana/o Studies and a doctorate-granting Department of Ethnic Studies, in addition to several other Chicana/o Studies programs across the state; the availability of Colorado driver’s licenses for undocumented residents; passage of the ASSET (Advancing Students for a Stronger Economy Tomorrow) bill, which allows eligible students without documentation to pay in-state, as well as receive the College Opportunity Fund stipend at Colorado public colleges; and the Supreme Court decision in favor of Marriage Equality—among other important victories. Yet, the struggle continues. We continue to fight for the incorporation of ethnic studies in K-12 curricula, equitable funding across the educational pipeline, the survival and growth of our Chicana/o/Mexican American Studies programs, gentrification, and dignity for all Latina/os. We recognize that the challenges ahead will continue to require collaboration across our multiple communities and intersectional identities. The return of NACCS to Colorado creates an opportunity to invigorate the Foco and for transformational Chicana/o activism, discourse, scholarship of power, and voice.

This is a fitting return to Colorado, a year in which our very own Dr. Luis Torres, former Chair of the Chicana and Chicano Studies Department and current Deputy Provost at Metropolitan State University of Denver, and a life long advocate for Chicana and Chicano studies, will be awarded the NACCS Scholar Award. We are proud!

We invite you to enjoy all that Colorado, and Denver in particular, have to offer. We are excited to host the Welcome Reception on Wednesday, April 6th, and Cultural Night with local artists and poets at History Colorado on Friday, April 8th. The exhibit that chronicles the Chicana/o Movement in Colorado, El Movimiento, will be open for your viewing. Please also join us on Saturday, April 9th for the 15th annual César E. Chávez Day March.

!Bienvenidos a Denver!

NACCS Colorado Foco

2016 Membership Link

2016 Registration Link

NACCS 43 Preliminary Program

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Hotel Information, DoubleTree by Hilton

Free Denver Airport Shuttle to DoubleTree (PDF)

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