Sponsors & Partners

Metropolitan State College of Denver: Metropolitan State College of Denver is a comprehensive, public, four-year university that serves over 21,500 students. In April 2007, Metro State launched the goal of becoming a Hispanic Serving Institution and increasing its Latino student enrollment from its current 13 percent to 25 percent. Already, Metro has the highest number of students of color in Colorado, and enrolls a quarter of the state's baccalaureate-seeking Latino students.

Community College of Denver: Community College of Denver enrolled over 13,000 students in the 2007-08 academic year, and 57% of those students were members of minority communities. Latino students make up more than a quarter of CCD’s population and more than a third of those are 19 and under, providing the college with federal recognition as the only Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in the Denver-metro area.

University of Colorado at Denver: University of Colorado Denver (UCD) iis a public institution on two campuses in the Denver metropolitan area. Its downtown campus serves over 8000 undergraduate and over 4000 graduate students. Minority communities contribute 29% of the undergraduate and 13% of graduate population. The School of Public Affairs at UCD is a leader in solving pressing social problems such as sponsorship of the Presidential Climate Action Project.

Namaste Solar: Namaste Solar propagates the responsible use of solar energy, pioneers conscientious business practices, and creates holistic wealth for ourselves and our community. We are dedicated to bringing clean, reliable, and affordable renewable energy technologies to homes, businesses, and nonprofits in Colorado. As the leading solar company in Colorado with more in-state installations than any other company, Namaste Solar has installed more than 1,000 solar PV systems totaling over 6 MW since 2005. Our unique, values-based business model includes employee ownership,democratic decision-making, community collaboration, an innovative solar grant program, zero-waste initiatives, educational programming, and holistic profit measurement.

UCAR: The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR, a consortium of over 90 universities that offer degrees at various levels in the atmospheric and related sciences, manages the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). UCAR initiated and has long managed the SOARS program, with its history of supporting students from under-represented groups as they enter and succeed in graduate school, and hosts a Spanish-language version of the Windows to the Universe Website. UCAR will assist in planning the Denver pilot, but their primary role will be to engage the UCAR universities in adapting the successful pilot for their region.