Community resources are available to students, both at Mines and beyond to support you holistically. These include meditation and prayer spaces on campus, information on diversity, equity, and inclusion, support for food and housing needs, identity-based resources, legal assistance, and more.
Movies and Book Recommendations
- BlacKKKlansman directed by Spike Lee
- Get Out directed by Jordan Peele
- Detroit directed by Kathryn Bigelow
- 13TH directed by Ava DuVernay
- Moonlight directed by Barry Jenkins
- School Daze directed by Spike Lee
- Dear White People directed by Justin Simien
- Freedom Riders directed by Stanley Nelson Jr.
- The Hate You Give directed by George Tillman Jr.
- Selma directed by Ava DuVernay
- Hidden Figures directed by Theodore Melfi
- Love & Basketball directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood
- LA 92 directed by Daniel Lindsay and T.J. Martin
- Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Freedom is a Constant Struggle by Angela Davis
- Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
- The Color Purple by Alice Walker
- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
- Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
- The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
- And Still I Rise: A Book of Poems by Maya Angelou
- Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism by Bell Hooks
- Young, Gifted and Black: Promoting High Achievement among African-American Students by Theresa Perry, Claude Steele, and Asa Hilliard III
- Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King Jr
- So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
- How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
- Mexican Cultural Center: Founded in 1992, the Mexican Cultural Center is a non-profit 501 © 3 organization that works in partnership with cultural, educational and other institutions to promote and maintain the richness of Mexican culture in the State of Colorado. The Mexican Cultural Center is dedicated to increasing awareness of Mexico’s unique arts, customs, traditions and destinations among the audiences of the United States of America. www.mccdenver.org/
- Latino Cultural Arts Center: The Mission of the Latino Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) is to strengthen the knowledge of and appreciation for the extensive artistic expressions of Latinos by preserving and highlighting the history and ongoing contributions. www.lcac-denver.org
- Brother Jeff’s Cultural Center: Founded in 1994 is located in the historic Five Points District in Northeast Denver—a space committed to fostering growth, strength, and voice in the community. www.brotherjeff.com/brotherjeffs–cultural–center
- African Community Center: Helping refugees rebuild safe, sustainable lives in Denver. www.acc–org/
- Denver Indian Center: The Denver Indian Center Inc. (DICI) is an urban cultural gathering center for the American Indian/ Alaska Native community. www.denverindiancenter.org/about–us
- Joyous Chinese Cultural Center: The Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) exists to provide cultural and emotional support to adopted Chinese children and to offer Chinese cultural and language education to children and adults of all backgrounds in our communities and across the country. www.joyouscenter.org/
- The Mongolian Culture and Heritage Center of Colorado: Committed to the preservation, cultivation, and advancement of the rich Mongolian culture and heritage. www.mongolianchcc.org
- The Filipino-American Community of Colorado: Creating a sense of family and tradition through Filipino-American Culture that transcends difference. www.colorado-filipinos.org/
- Asian Pacific Cultural Center: Asia Pacific Cultural Center (APCC) serves as an interactive cultural crossroads between local and international communities. www.asiapacificculturalcenter.org/
- Mizel Arts and Culture Center: The Mizel Arts and Culture Center illuminates the human experience through creative and cultural programs in the performing, visual, cinematic and literary arts for the Jewish community and the Denver community at large. We strive to produce, present, exhibit, preserve, and advance the arts, serving as a performance and exhibition venue, as well as an educational resource for people at every stage of life. www.jccdenver.org/arts-culture/
- Anti-Defamation League: www.adl.org
- Village Exchange Center: Serves immigrants and refugees in Aurora/Denver. 720-668-9968, villageexchangecenter.org
- Mines Student Emergency Fund: Helping students facing unprecedented circumstances. Some examples include: natural disasters, unhealthy living situations, food insecurity, loss of family members (travel to attend services), medical care, transportation, emergency care.
- Arapahoe, Adams, and Denver County Human Services provides resources for food, financial, medical, housing and childcare: Call 211 or visit www.211.org/.
- The Salvation Army offer both limited rent, heating and utility bill assistance for Littleton, Aurora, and Arapahoe County residents if they are struggling in the weak economy. Other services for qualified seniors and/or poor residents include free food, meals, transition housing, and vouchers for items such as clothing or school supplies. Aurora Salvation Army – 303-364-1965.
- Inter-Faith Community Services provides services for a limited area. If you qualify for help, you may be able to obtain financial assistance for bills and expenses, clothing bank, access to a food bank, and housing assistance. (303) 789-0501.
- The Urban Ministries of DenUM provides help, referrals, and support in Arapahoe County. Qualified low income families can get assistance in the form of free groceries, SNAP food stamp or LIHEAP heating bill applications. Other referrals may be offered to no interest loan programs for paying security deposits or rent on affordable housing. The non-profit also runs a clinic in the area for coordinating basic health care checkups and care. More on emergency assistance from Urban Ministries.
- Aurora Interchurch Task Force – Basic needs, such as rent assistance, funds for heating and utility bills, food, bus tokens, and clothing may be provided persons living in the City of Aurora. (303) 360-0260.
- Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is run by the Arapahoe County. Human Resources division administers it. This is a seasonal assistance program available from Nov. 1 – April 30 to help low-income families and individuals with paying their heating bills. Call (303) 636-1170.
- Counseling Center at Mines: Mines Counseling Center provides mental health services to all Mines students and is staffed by licensed and experienced therapists to assist students in resolving issues that interfere with their ability to successfully navigate the Mines journey. We are dedicated to providing a safe, affirming and culturally informed space in order for all Mines students to feel seen and valued at the Counseling Center. Services are confidential, voluntary and covered by student fees. Students can request an initial phone consultation on-line anytime via Counseling Center at Mines, or call 303-273-3377 during business hours to get scheduled. If a student is experiencing a mental health crisis or would like to talk to a mental health professional during non-business hours, please call Colorado Crisis Services or dial 988. For life-threatening emergencies please call 911.
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: Call or Text 988 to connect to a mental health crisis counselor anywhere in the US. To start a chat with a crisis counselor you can also go to 988lifeline.org.
- Colorado Crisis Services is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for free professional, confidential, and immediate support for any mental health concern at 1-844-493-8255 or text TALK to 38255. Not in Colorado at the moment? The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can connect you to your local crisis center – call 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741.
- The Steve Fund Crisis Support: Supporting students of color specifically, text “STEVE” to 741741.
- Trevor Project Support Line: Supporting the LGBTQIA2S+ community, text “START” to 678-678, or call 1-866-488-7386.
- Five ways People of Color and Indigenous People Can Cultivate Radical Healing
- “Fire burns where it hits” Blog written by Beste Erel Windes on the earthquakes in Turkey & Syria
MENA / SSWANA resources:
- AMENA – Psy American Arab, Middle Eastern, and North African Psychological Association
- How to Support & Advocate for Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) Mental Health
- South Asian Mental Health Initiative & Network
- Asian Mental Health Collective
- National Asian American Pacific Islander Mental Health Association
- Social Media AAPI Mental Health Resources:
Black American Resources:
- Ourselves Black
- Therapy for Black Girls
- Therapy for Black Men
- 10 Daily Positive Affirmations For When Black Lives Forget That They Matter
- Colorado immigrant Rights Coalition (CIRC): is a statewide, membership-based coalition of immigrant, faith, labor, youth, community, business and ally organizations founded in 2002 to improve the lives of immigrants and refugees by making Colorado a more welcoming, immigrant-friendly state. CIRC achieves this mission through non-partisan civic engagement, public education, and advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies. Denver: Phone: (303) 922-3344 Fax: (303) 922-3300 | 2525 W. Alameda Ave. Denver, CO 80219 | www.coloradoimmigrant.org/
- Catholic Charities of Colorado – Immigration Services: 303.742.0828 (Denver) / 970.484.5010 (Fort Collins) / 970.353.6433 (Greeley) – Consultation Fee $50, by appointment only. Legal advice regarding immigration status, immigration issues, assistance with immigration applications, and information on becoming a legal permanent resident or citizen.
- Immigrant & Refugee Center – 970.313.8800 (Greeley) – Serves families in refugee communities and provides community outreach and education. Comprehensive access to education and systems navigation needs, including those who wish to improve their English, citizenship, economic stability, health and nutrition.
- Legal Night at Mi Casa Resource Center (360 Acoma St, Denver, CO 80223), 970.352.7323 – On the third Tuesday of each month, from 5:30-7:00 p.m., volunteer attorneys provide free legal information regarding immigration, credit, housing, criminal issues, employment issues, and family law (cannot escort clients to court).
- Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network (Westminster) – 303.433.2812 / Hotline for detained individuals and family members: 303.866.9308 – Legal services for immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers who are facing deportation at the GEO/ICE immigration detention center in Aurora, CO; free legal and support services for survivors of human trafficking and sex trafficking.
- Know Your Rights: The ACLU provides information on your rights if you are stopped by the police.
- The Administrative Relief Resource Center has a search engine that allows you to get a list of all legal services near you.
- The American Immigration Lawyers Association has an online directory of attorneys.
- Educators for Fair Consideration (E4FC) has an anonymous Dreamer Intake Service to help Dreamers check whether they are eligible for alternative relief.
- Immigration Law Help has a searchable online directory of over 1,000 free or low-cost nonprofit immigration legal services providers in all 50 states.
- The National Immigrant Justice Center allows you to request a legal consultation online or by phone 312.660.1370.
- The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild has a state-by-state online find-a-lawyer tool.
- The United States Department of Justice – Executive Office for Immigration Review provides information on how to find legal representation.
- United We Dream provides information on how to get help.
- Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition provides a list of events and has an important news section.
- Immigrant Legal Resource Center Provides updates on legislation and has a DACA essential Legal Guide.
- Family Preparedness Plan Has a family preparedness Plan available in English, Spanish and Chinese.
- Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center: Rocky Mountain Victim Law Center is a Colorado nonprofit law firm providing free legal services to victims of crime in Colorado through our Victim Rights Legal Services, Legal Information Network of Colorado, and Title IX educational project. RMVLC Intake Request Form
Women's and Gender Equity
- The Women’s Foundation of Colorado: Catalyzing community to advance and accelerate economic opportunities for Colorado women and their families. www.wfco.org/
- Chinook Fund: Connecting with these organizations and learning from each other as you continue the fight for gender equality. www.chinookfund.org/resources/womens–rights/
- AAUW: AAUW has been empowering women as individuals and as a community since 1881. For more than 130 years, we have worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families. www.aauw.org/
- Soul to Soul Sisters: Soul 2 Soul Sisters provides sacred space for Black Women to rest, be, share, and develop and implement plans for peace, power, and liberation. https://soul2soulsisters.org/
- Haseya Advocate Program: Indigenous advocate program providing safety and empowerment for indigenous survivors of violence. Native women-led agency. 719-600-3939. https://www.haseya.org/
- The Center, advancing LGBT Colorado www.glbtcolorado.org/ – GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center) opened in 1976 and over the years has grown to become the largest community center in the Rocky Mountain region, giving voice to Colorado’s all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) community and playing a pivotal role in statewide initiatives to reduce harassment and discrimination. Today we are focused on fulfilling our mission by ensuring that every member of the LGBTQ community has access to the programs and resources they need to live happy, healthy, and productive lives.
- Center of Excellence for Transgender Health: www.transhealth.ucsf.edu/
- Denver Health’s LGBT Center of Excellence offers open and affirming health care to transgender and gender nonconforming populations. www.denverhealth.org/services/lgbtq-services
- World Professional Association for Transgender Health: www.wpath.org/
- Trans Lifeline: Trans Lifeline is a national trans-led organization dedicated to improving the quality of trans lives by responding to the critical needs of our community with direct service, material support, advocacy, and education. Our vision is to fight the epidemic of trans suicide and improve overall life-outcomes of trans people by facilitating justice-oriented, collective community aid. www.translifeline.org/ or 877-565-8860
- Forge: Forge helps to reduce impacts of trauma and support healing for trans and non-binary survivors and communities. They have online events, a network of communities, and self-help guides. https://forge-forward.org/