Journey Through Our Heritage
About 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, also encouraging 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.
Que Comience El Viaje!
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
Journey Through Our Heritage promotes self-empowerment and encourages Latinx and multicultural students to become leaders through community service. By empowering Latinx and multicultural students with civic engagement, social justice, and rigorous academic inquiry we make higher education attainable. Building collaborations and partnerships with higher education institutions, community organizations, business professionals, and government departments to empower all students to effectively engage in dialogues that impact their future. Using history, language, creative and cultural arts to accomplish our mission.
- To create a formal network between MSU Denver’s JTOH students and K-12 students state wide.
- To support youth through rigorous, interdisciplinary academic competitions designed to challenge and inspire young minds.
- To embrace and promote diversity by extending high school teachers’ ability to teach a more culturally inclusive curriculum, facilitate the infusion of cultural and historical contributions of Latina/o/x and other ethnicities. In addition, providing 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.