Posted inEducation, Equity, Health, News

How programs across Colorado aim to end “period poverty” with free tampons and pads

As the new school term begins at Denver Public Schools, students who menstruate may be surprised to find new additions near the paper towels and soap in girls’, all-gender and teacher restrooms: free tampons and menstrual pads. While many private and public schools in the state have tampons and pads available for sale in restrooms, […]

Posted inCOVID, Health, News

Colorado is betting big on vaccine influencers. It’s unclear if people will “like” their message.

In April, a Breckenridge stylist who uses the Instagram name @ilikeprettyhair sat down in front of her phone and recorded a message for her roughly 5,000 followers. “What’s up, my mountain mamas?” the stylist, LaRissa Marie Chapa, said in a serene voice. She wore a bright red wide-brimmed hat and a sleeveless top that displayed […]

Posted inColoradans, Education, News, Politics and Government

Indigenous students say they need more from Colorado universities. An in-state tuition bill is a first step.

By Jason Gonzales, Chalkbeat Colorado Indigenous students with historical ties to Colorado could soon get in-state tuition at public colleges under a proposal that recently cleared its first legislative hurdle.  Student advocates say the bill is part of a broader push on how Colorado schools need to address injustice against Indigenous people and ensure all […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Amid COVID-19, the benefits of science depend on the quality of our democracy

We often idolize science as something that is apolitical or should be outside the political sphere. Yet, in the midst of the historic COVID-19 pandemic, science has become a political salvo in championing some causes while jeopardizing others.  We see this across the world as governments choose whether they should open or close schools, mandate […]