Journey Through Our Heritage
JTOH is one of the nation’s most innovative and unique multicultural educational programs. Sponsored by Metropolitan State University of Denver's (MSU Denver) Department of Chicano/Chicana Studies and Department of Africana Studies, our program partners college peer mentors with local middle and high school students. Our goal is to engage students in a year-long program that enhances the public school system's curriculum in the areas of African American, Native American Chicano/a, Mexicana/o, Mexican American and Latina/o Studies.
The grand finale of the year-long endeavor is an academic “knowledge bowl” between participating high school teams. Our program also encourages all teams to participate in service learning projects throughout the community. Students have the opportunity to be part of the MSU Denver Mauricio Saravia Literary Journal and to connect with leading cultural arts and science institutions such as the such as the History Colorado Center, Denver Art Museum, Denver Botanic Gardens and numerous nonprofits throughout Colorado.
Let the Jornada Begin!
Dr. Renee Fajardo
Journey Through Our Heritage Coordinator
Campus Box 41
P.O. Box 173362
1156 9th Street, Rectory 101
Denver, Colorado 80217-3362
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
About Journey through Our Heritage
Kitlapalojua (Welcome)! Journey Through Our Heritage (JTOH) is a program designed to create a kalpulli (community) that empowers MSU Denver students to become exceptionally accomplished mentors focused on developing culturally experienced high school students through a year-long endeavor. This is accomplished by Journey mentors commuting on a consistent basis to participating high schools and implementing study sessions, which are geared specifically to meet the standards of the Journey Through Our Heritage Program and its curriculum.
Journey Through Our Heritage concentrates on bringing Greater Denver metropolitan area high school students together by participating in an academic competition that explores the distinct features of American Indian, Chicana/o, Mexicana/o, Mexican–American, Red Bone, African/African American, and Chicana/o studies. To enhance the culturally relevant curriculum, the students write college level essays and compete in jeopardy style exercise to enhance the intense and beneficial educational experience available to the students enrolled in the program.
Journey Through Our Heritage promotes self-empowerment, develops leaders, and engages students with community by increasing their cultural and historical knowledge base through involvement in healthy competition, rigorous academic study and community service. We use history, the creative arts, language, and cultural arts to help us accomplish our mission.
- To create a formal connection between MSU Denver’s Chicana/o Studies and Africana Studies students with GED/High School students state-wide.
- To implement indigenous values, traditions, and practices to support youth through rigorous interdisciplinary academic competitions designed to challenge and inspire young minds.
- To embrace and promote diversity by broadening participating high school teachers’ ability to teach a more culturally inclusive curriculum, facilitate the infusion of cultural and historical contributions of Latina/os and other predominant indigenous ethnicities, and provide avenues for the success of all students in order to increase achievement by engaging in culturally relevant activities.
- To engage, collaborate and work with the community by building relationships with program administrators, community organizations, schools and potential partners who desire to participate in the program.
- To prepare JTOH college mentors to take leadership roles in local, regional, national and international community-based organizations.