UNC Cultural Centers
Where everyone is welcome.
“At the heart of why any cultural center exists on a college campus,” says Patricia Escobar, director of the University of Northern Colorado’s César Chávez Cultural Center, “is student success.” And one of the measures of that success, she adds, is the regularity with which former students return to those centers with stories of achieving their dreams.
And while UNC’s centers provide academic, social, emotional, and cultural support to all students, they take the extra step to help increase retention and graduation among its students of color. The four centers include the César Chávez Cultural Center; Asian/Pacific American Student Services Center (A/PASS); the Native American Student Service Center, and the Marcus Garvey Cultural Center. “It’s like a home away from home,” says Matt Kimura of A/PASS. “A place to connect, to get help, or to just hang out.”
Students, faculty and staff new to UNC will find that cultural diversity extends well beyond campus. Greeley’s overall population includes a wide variety of cultures. In fact, over 60 primary languages – not counting English – are spoken in Greeley-Evans K-12 students’ homes. One of those, Karenni (a Sino-Tibetan dialect), has fewer than 200,000 native speakers.
Escobar sees the connection and wants to ensure it remains strong.
The cultural centers at UNC were created to empower students, so that they understand that they, too, belong here.
Search for Home Ends Here
“I took a backpack and went all over the United States to search for the place where I would belong,” said Eli, reflecting on her decision to choose a university from the 10 she was considering.
She didn’t have to look any further than UNC.
“I remember walking onto campus and feeling that UNC was the place I was supposed to be,” Eli said. “It was just natural to me.”
During her first visit, she discovered ample resources to support her education in addition to opportunities to get involved. A bit shy, she says, she immediately felt a sense of belonging at the César Chávez Cultural Center, one of four cultural centers on campus.
“The center is a home away from home,” Eli said. “Once you walk through the door, the center becomes yours.”
The university community embraced her in the same way.
“Everywhere I would go, UNC was OK with who I was. They didn’t change me,” she said. “That’s how I decided to stay at UNC.”
Note: Eli graduated spring 2016 with a degree in Spanish Secondary Education and joined more than 141,000 UNC alumni who’ve earned degrees since the institution’s founding in 1889.
A University for All
UNC embraces an inclusive campus, in fact, partnering with the city on annual events such as the Martin Luther King Jr. and Cinco de Mayo celebrations and original events, like the annual luau. Students can opt to join one or more of the 100 clubs and organizations in categories ranging from professional, honorary, athletic, and academic to social, cultural, political and religious. Examples include the League of United Latin American Citizens, the German Club, African Culture Club, Saudi Student Club, Japanese Language Club, the Hawaii Club, and many more. You can find complete listings of upcoming events at www.unco.edu/calendar.
Residents Create & Appreciate UNC
Greeley residents banded together to bring what is now UNC to the community. Since its founding in 1889, UNC has expanded on its historical mission to prepare educators. Today, it is one of the state’s public research universities with six colleges in the arts, business, humanities and sciences. More than 12,000 students enroll annually in over 100 undergraduate programs and over 100 graduate programs. Learn more about UNC at www.unco.edu
Campus Adds Culture to City
UNC hosts numerous events throughout the year. UNC’s cultural centers partner with the city on annual events, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. and Cinco de Mayo celebrations, and also offer other original programming, such as the annual luau. There are other numerous opportunities to attend an event from 19 NCAA Division I sports to on-stage performances from UNC’s well-regarded performing arts program. Find complete listings of upcoming events at www.unco.edu/calendar
Everyone Welcome Here
UNC embraces an inclusive community and campus. As a sign of that commitment, students can opt to join one or more of the 100 clubs and organizations in categories that range from professional, honorary, athletic, academic and service-oriented to social, cultural, political and religious. Examples include the League of United Latin American Citizens, the German Club, African Culture Club, Saudi Student Club, the Japanese Language Club, and many more.