CU Upward Bound

Program Contact

Tanaya Winder

Tanaya.Winder@colorado.edu

About CU Upward Bound

CU Upward Bound (CUUB) is the longest-running of CU Boulder’s pre-college outreach programs. Like all Upward Bound programs, CUUB is funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help low income and first-generation college going students succeed in high school and prepare for postsecondary success. But the CUUB program sharpens the focus of a typical Upward Bound with its unique mission to challenge, protect and connect the primarily indigenous student population we serve. We are dedicated to preparing our students for achieving their own vision of “postsecondary success,” on their own terms, and teaching them that they do not have to sacrifice any part of themselves to prosper in higher education.

CU Upward Bound & Office for Outreach and Engagement (OOE) Initiatives

Indigenous Mural Project: In June 2018, CUUB unveiled the Indigenous Mural Project, executed by Pyramid Lake Paiute artist Gregg Deal. The mural, permanently installed in the VAC basement level, just outside of auditorium 1B20, represents CUUB’s efforts to both uplift the indigenous students we serve and carve out space for indigenous people, perspectives, and practices on CU Boulder campus. CUUB understands that there are so many invisible, but still very real, obstacles preventing indigenous students from gaining access to institutions of higher education, and also preventing them from thriving in those spaces once there. For this reason, CUUB led the way in the installation of this powerful mural: it stands as both a message to indigenous students that they truly belong in these spaces, and as a reminder to the university that it grows and prospers on stolen land. The Indigenous Mural Project provides all who pass through it a chance to reflect, to think critically, and to feel inspired to make a difference in the way this university looks, feels and operates.

Psychological Outreach and Research Initiative for Indigenous Communities

During CUUB’s 2018 summer program, we were able to partner with the Raimy Psychology Clinic to offer free, weekly therapy sessions for students who requested these services. The pilot partnership proved to be tremendously successful. CUUB knows that lack of culturally competent and responsive mental health support for indigenous students is just one of the factors contributing to low retention rates in higher education, and this partnership allowed us to begin to offer our students the support they need and to destigmatize mental health issues, creating vital discourse and a trend for continued support. Through a Community Impact Award from OOE, CUUB and Raimy will partner once again in Spring 2019. Our goal is to bring Raimy clinicians to some of our partner communities and offer workshops on the intersection of mental health and the transition to college. This mutually enriching partnership will help us build on the work we did in summer 2018, and to plan for future growth in this vital direction.

Acknowledgements

CUUB’s Indigenous Mural Project, executed by phenomenally talented artist Gregg Deal, was made possible thanks to sponsorship from:

Dr. Lisa Hope Schwartz and the Office for Outreach and Engagement
Dr. Ruth Ellen Kocher, Divisional Dean for Arts & Humanities in the College of Arts & Sciences
Dr. Robert Boswell and the Office for Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement
and Dr. Adam Bradley, Director of the CU Boulder RAP Lab

Additional support and partnership for the mural came from:

Christopher J. Pacheco, Executive Director of the Office of Pre-College Outreach and Engagement
Dr. Kirk Ambrose, Chair of the Department of Art & Art History
William Jude Rumley, Building Proctor of the Visual Arts Complex
Kaelen Williams, CU Boulder BFA candidate (assistant to Gregg Deal)
and Meininger Art Supply in Boulder

CUUB’s Psychological Outreach and Research Initiative for Indigenous Communities is made possible by sponsorship from the Office for Outreach and Engagement, and support for the project from:

Dr. Emily Richardson, Raimy Psychology Clinic Director
Dr. Samantha Monk, Raimy Psychology Clinic Director of Clinical and Scientific Engagement

  • Indigenous Mural Celebration

    Location

    On Campus

    Visual Arts Complex

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

  • Mental Health Information Workshop

    Location

    Outside Colorado

    Pine Ridge Reservation - Pine Ridge, SD Navajo Nation -Rock Point, AZ

    Dates

    Ongoing

    Public or Private

    Private Program (by request only or for a specific audience or group)

    Program Fee

    No charge to attend/participate in activity or program

Sponsoring Units

  • Division of Academic Affairs Administration

  • Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement (ODECE)

Program Partners

  • Office for Outreach and Engagement
  • Office of the Divisional Dean for Arts and Humanities, College of Arts and Sciences
  • CU Boulder RAP Lab
  • Pre-College Outreach and Engagement
  • Department of Art and Art History
  • Visual Arts Complex
  • Meininger Art Supply
  • Raimy Psychology Clinic

Audiences Served

  • At-Risk Youth
  • Children & Youth (outside school)
  • Minority Group(s)
  • Rural Communities
  • Socio-Economic Disadvantaged
  • Students - High School
  • Tribal Communities (in U.S.)