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The Department of Chicana/o Studies hosts or supports a number of events on and off campus. Most events are open to all faculty, staff, and students from all three institutions on campus. 

Richard T. Castro Distinguished Professorship

Annual, September or October

The Richard T. Castro Distinguished Visiting Professorship is Chicana/o Studies' signature event each year. It was initiated in 1997 to foster multiculturalism, diversity and academic excellence at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The professorship brings renowned Latina and Latino scholars, artists and leaders of distinction to MSU Denver to conduct classes, seminars, performances and lectures for students, faculty and the larger Denver community. Check the Richard T. Castro website for more information.

Supported Events

Students enjoy traditional dancers at the Latina/o Welcome Carnival.
Students enjoy traditional dancers at the Latina/o Welcome Carnival.

The below events are not organized by the Department of Chicana/o Studies, but may be of interest to students pursuing a degree or taking classes related to Chicana/o Studies.


Latina/o Welcome

Annual, September

This event is intended to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing enrollment of Latina/o students at MSU Denver. This is accomplished by providing meaningful connections to the campus community, faculty, staff, student organizations and campus programs. The program typically includes an official welcome, a blessing by Aztec dancers, food, and music.


Dia De Los Muertos - Day of the Dead

Annual, end of October/beginning of November

Dia de los Muertos is a Mexican and Mexican-American tradition celebrating and remembering family members who have died. The celebration starts Oct. 31 and ends Nov. 2 each year. This event offers a full day of traditional Mexican culture, including altars honoring deceased family members.


Latina/o Leadership Summit

Annual, around March 31
Students and staff march in honor of Cesar Chavez
Students and staff march in honor of Cesar Chavez

Celebrate the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez through this leadership conference, focusing on social justice and activism. Typically, the program ecompasses workshops, a keynote, an awards presentation, as well as a culturally relevant lunch. The summit concludes with a march for peace and justice around campus in memory of Cesar Chavez.


Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival

Annual, Spring semester

This annual event is a celebration of Colorado's native social justice poet, Lalo Delgado. Delgado is best known as Colorado’s social justice poet who was considered the National Grandfather of Chicano Poetry.


Latinx Commencement Ceremony

Annual, May

The Latinx Graduation Ceremony is an annual tradition to honor our impending Latinx graduates. Latinx graduating seniors are given the opportunity to be honored and celebrate their cultural heritage in a smaller, more intimate setting.

The purpose of this event is to provide a culturally responsive graduation experience for MSU Denver’s Latina/o graduates. The evening’s festivities will include a keynote speaker/video, appetizers, cultural entertainment, recognition of the graduates and their families, and a presentation of the Espíritu de Aztlán Award.

Check the official Latinx Commence website for up-to-date information.

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