Celebrating 34 years of educating native youth

The University of Colorado’s Upward Bound program reunion July 24 and 25

The University of Colorado at Boulder’s Upward Bound Program (CUUB), formerly referred to as the American Indian Upward Bound (AIUB), a federally funded program, started in Boulder in 1981.

CUUB would like to celebrate 34 years working with and impacting Native American youth across generations.

Rick Williams who has served as president and CEO of the American Indian College fund, helped begin the CU Upward Bound program which has served over 500 students since its inception.

CUUB Alumni have gone on to become the movers and shakers within their communities and Indian Country. All former participants, staff, resident advisors, and faculty, are invited to attend this year’s reunion, which will take place on Friday, July 24 and Saturday, July 25 to coincide with the final banquet for the program’s current students.

Friday, July 24

Alumni will be invited to a brunch and campus visit/tour. After lunch with the current students Alumni can participate on career and education pipelines panels to share their experiences with our students. The evening will provide multiple networking opportunities for Alumni to share success stories as well as build and collaborate on future efforts.

Saturday, July 25

Alumni will attend a combined Reunion luncheon and CUUB Awards Ceremony BBQ on campus. A free concert will be provided to celebrate the reunion and the current students’ success in finishing the six-week academic program.

The Best Western Plus Boulder Inn will serve as the host hotel though alumni are welcome to find alternate accommodations as well. For the Best Western group code: call 800-233-8469 and reference code ” UPWARD BOUND”. RSVP by filling out the following form:

The program’s current grant period allows approximately 103 students from targeted areas located on or near 8 major Native American reservations or communities throughout the United States including the Comanche Nation, Lumbee Indian community, Jemez Pueblo, Navajo reservation, Pine Ridge reservation, Umatilla reservation, Ramah Navajo community, and the Southern Ute reservation, targeting approximately 21 high schools.

For more information please visit: or You may contact the Director, Tanaya Winder at 303-492-2887 or Assistant Director, Savannah Boyd at 303-492-2884.

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