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You're Back and So Are We!

Welcome back to another beautiful Fall Semester! Lots of things have changed since we last saw each other - the pandemic hit, we rioted in the streets for the lives and justice of Black people, and now everyone's going to school online?!

But, it's okay! You're brave! You're resilient! Best of all, you've got our support! So, let's get started navigating these new waters together.

Featured Resources & Announcements

Photo of a young black woman in glasses and mouth covering holding a Black Lives Matter sign during an outdoor protest
Black Lives Will Continue to Matter!
As we continue rallying for the justice and equitable treatment of Black communities, we are doing work to envision what justice looks like here, on-campus (even while we're online!) To this effect, GITA has joined up with Africana Studies and Chicana/o Studies to draft the BIPOC Safer Spaces resolution in response to recent crimes against Black humanity.

Click Here to view the BIPOC Safer Spaces Resolution.
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Get Support & Resources For Academic Success From Home!
GITA will continue to provide the services you need to succeed at college and in life. Our Retention and Success Advisor, Soj Sirivanchai, is now working with students virtually to assess needs and set students up with valuable academic and financial resources.

To book an appointment with Soj Sirivanchai, RSA, please email them directly at
Cropped image from the Healing Spaces for Black Students event flyer, featuring photos of Kimba Douglas and Shatasia Griffith.
Healing Spaces for Black Students of Auraria
Please join us in a virtual healing circle for Black students led by Kemba Douglas and Shatasia Griffith. This event will serve as a space for black student expression, healing, and community.

September 9th 10:00 AM-11:30 AM
September 11th 2:00 PM-3:30 PM

Pre-registration is required to attend this event!

Click here to RSVP.
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Feminist Alliance Is Seeking New Members!
The Feminist Alliance is seeking new members! Our mission is to dive into and amplify feminist discourse surrounding discrimination, sexism, gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and ableism. Membership is open to all Auraria campus students.

To request to join the Feminist Alliance, please email us at

Need Credits? CPD Courses Can Help!

Check out these Online CPD Courses designed to strengthen your skills and overall hireability through a feminist framework.
Flyer for CPD 2320 Self Esteem Fall 2020 CRN: 41572
Flyer for CPD 2350 Career Evaluation Workshop Fall 2020 CRN: 55418
CPD 2320: Self Esteem
CRN: 41572 
Dates: SATURDAY 10/3 & 10/10

This course will explore the issues of self-esteem within a feminist framework, including the effects of sexism on self-worth, the role of women in a sexist society, and the tools needed to survive with a strong self-image.

To register for this class, Add the CRN to your Classes Worksheet in Banner.

For assistance with registering for classes, please email us at
CPD 2350: Career Evaluation Workshop
CRN: 55418
Dates: SATURDAY 10/17 & 10/24

This course will focus on career evaluation and will assist students in acquiring the skills and attitudes to plan effectively for and manage the changes which they will experience during their work lives. 

To register for this class, Add the CRN to your Classes Worksheet in Banner.

For assistance with registering for classes, please email us at
Flyer for CPD 290B-001 Meditation & Activism Fall 2020 CRN: 55422
Flyer for CPD 2360 Multi-Level Wellness Fall 2020 CRN: 55419
CPD 290B-001: Mediation & Activism
CRN: 55422
Dates: SATURDAY 9/26 & 10/3

This course focuses on basic lay meditation techniques and how they support various forms of social justice activism. Students familiarize themselves with environmental, racial justice, feminist, and queer activists and advocates who have integrated meditation and mindfulness in their work in order to develop the notion of interconnectedness (or interbeing) and explore basic self-care practices.

To register for this class, Add the CRN to your Classes Worksheet in Banner.

For assistance with registering for classes, please email us at
CPD 2360: Multi-Level Wellness
CRN: 55419
Dates: FRI/SAT 10/2 & 10/3

Struggling with Wellness amidst COVID-19? This course will empower students with tools to attain their own personal sense of well-being. It will address wellness as a multi-level process consisting of emotional, cognitive, somatic, and spiritual components. The workshop will include information, experiential exercises, and process work. Group work and journal keeping will also be used to bridge the communication gap between the self and others.

To register for this class, Add the CRN to your Classes Worksheet in Banner.

For assistance with registering for classes, please email us at

Don't Forget: Events & Scholarships!

Flyer for the September 18th Bookclub featuring the cover of this month's book, Watchmen by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons
Flyer for the Active Life Scholarship for Political Expression, Deadline December 31st 2020
Upcoming Event: September Book Club!

This Month's Book:
by Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons

Are you ready to dive into this action-packed comic that turns our concept of superheroes on its head? Don't miss this month's book club discussion!

Plus: Join us to be entered in a chance to win a $25 gift card to a local book store!

When: Friday, September 18th @ 12:00 PM
Where: Zoom! 

Need help getting a copy of this month's book? Contact us via email at or on IG: gita_msudenver
Check Out Our Featured Scholarship!

This Month's Featured Scholarship:
Get Up! Get Active! 
Active Life Scholarship for Political Expression

This scholarship is available to all college students in any major. The reward is $1000. The deadline is December 31, 2021.
Go for it!

Click Here to fill out the application!

Also! GITA has some pretty cool people called Scholarship Tutors. Contact us if you would like help finding money for school.

To get matched up with a scholarship tutor, email us at or find us on IG: gita_msudenver

GITA News: Congratulations to Anahi Russo Garrido! Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy is Now Available for Purchase

Cover image of Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy by Anahi Russo Garrido, featuring a black-and-white, bust-length pencil sketch of two women/queer individuals of color side-by-side.

Fresh Off The Press: 

Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City

by Anahi Russo Garrido

GITA congratulates our faculty member, Anahi, on the release of her new book, Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City.

SynopsisTortilleras Negotiating Intimacy: Love, Friendship, and Sex in Queer Mexico City is the first ethnography in English to focus primarily on women’s sexual and intimate cultures in Mexico. The book shows the transformation of intimacy in the lives of three generations of women in queer spaces in contemporary Mexico City, as their sexual citizenship changes, including references to same-sex marriage and anti-discrimination laws. The book shows how these individuals reconfigure relationships through marriage, polyamory, friendship, and sex. Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy suggests that “new” intimate cartographies are emerging in Mexico City, ultimately redefining relationships, gender, and mexicanidad. Building on ethnographic data collected over the past decade, including forty-five in-depth interviews with women between the ages of twenty-two and sixty-five participating in LGBT spaces, Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy shows how lesbian women (mainly cis, but some trans) negotiate friendship, same-sex marriage, polyamory, and sexual practices, reinventing love, eroticism, friendship, and ultimately the social organization of Latin American societies.

Tortilleras Negotiating Intimacy is available for purchase wherever books are sold. Stay tuned for future announcements on our October book celebration event with the author!

More Cool Stuff Around Campus!

Don't forget to check out these cool virtual happenings!
Flyer for the QTPOC Virtual Social Space on Zoom every other Wednesday from 2-4PM, starting August 19th
QTPOC Virtual Social: A LatinX Takeover!

On September 16th, in honor of LatinX Heritage Month, the QTPOC Virtual Social Space will be holding space for queer and trans LatinX folks for self-expression and creating community.

QTPOC Virtual Social Space is held on Zoom every other Wednesday from 2-4 PM, starting August 19th. It is a closed space for queer and/or transgender people of color to connect and process.

To get the Zoom link, email the LGBTQ Student Resource Center at

There's More to Look Forward To!

Don't miss us! GITA is making the switch to virtual resources, support, and community. Be sure to follow us on Instagram @gita_msudenver and join our GITA Lounge on Microsoft Teams for upcoming events and content! 

If you need help navigating our online resources, please email us at
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