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Jose Parra (middle) and David Campos (left) did a motivational oral presentation entitled "Creating a Pipeline for Success for DACA and Undocumented Students."  Parra, a biology major and Campos, an accounting major provided insight on the struggles DACA and Undocumented students face when trying to pay for college.  Parra states that "DACA students cannot apply for loans, grants or other forms of aid from the government."  Both him and Campos dedicate their time and expertise to educate this demographic about the numerous scholarships available and the importance of attending college.  Both Parra and Campos are a part of the Puksta Scholarship Foundation.  To learn more about this program click here.
  Cristine de La Luna (pictured left) was one of eight of the Puksta Scholars who did a poster presentation.  De La Luna (African American Studies and Women's Studies major) focused her project on "Decolonizing the Body Through Women-of-Color Community-Based Research."  This practice is particular relevant to women's studies given that feminists have come to be some of the leading culprits of colonial, maernalist and racist feminism. 
  Dr. Rey-Lopez's spanish class studied, analyzed and reflected upon an art piece produced during the literary period covered in the course as a venue to explore from a different perspective, the historical and sociocultural context.  Her students displayed their art pieces, journals and even included a QRC code that led to a video of them explaining their projects in Spanish.  "Escuela de los Conocidos, Desconocidos" was a display located in the SSB Mezzanine that was open to the public to view.   
IHC students gave a presentation on their trip to Bhopal, India, where they saw first-hand the lingereing effects of the Bhopal disaster from 1984.  Several students also presented their capstone projects in the state-of-the-art Center for Advanced Visualization and Experiential Analysis (CAVEA) room located in the SSB. 
Carolyn Wahl (left) and Donna Fell (right) presented a lesson plan for nutrition intervention for 6th grade students.  Wahl and Fell (both Human Nutrition majors) shared their experience of educating these young students on reading and understanding nutrition labels and exposure to healthy and diverse foods.  This was a new concept to many of these students, which solidifies the need for the H.O.N.E.Y. program.     
An art panel of MSU Denver students, Carlos Escamilla, Lauren Granado and Scott McKinney discussed with guidance from the 965 Gallery how to create thought-provoking and impactful art exhibitions.   
The Center for Urban Education displayed, discussed and showcased activities that they undertake in Cheltenham Elementrary, Bruce Randolph Middle School, Martin Luther King Jr Early College and Abraham Lincoln High school.  CUE works with nine public schools in Denver to operate after-school programs.   


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