Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands Program Fund
To support the Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) program in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at CU Denver. Support includes, but not limited to, administrative costs, program needs, student activities, and/or scholarships.
The mission of the ESIL program is to broaden participation of Indigenous students in STEM through education and community partnerships that promote healing and stewardship of Native land. ESIL is motivated by the history of environmental incidents and degradation that have impacted Indigenous lands across the United States. Prevention and management of environmental incidents depends, in part, on scientifically aware, culturally-sensitive individuals who can serve as environmental liaisons between tribal and non-tribal organizations. A network of tribal and non-tribal agencies and CU Denver have come together to provide ESIL students with the most current, professionally relevant training to meet the employment needs in this critical area of environmental stewardship.
Located in the heart of downtown Denver, CU Denver offers opportunities to intern and work locally and nationally with several tribal and non-tribal environmental organizations, including tribal agencies, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the State of Colorado.