Professors, students, and community members that include the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo have been working for the past two years to get the university's acknowledgement.
Half of El Paso Community College's students are parents. The college is working to assist more of them by building family-friendly spaces at all of its campuses.
Enrollment for this fall dropped 6% compared with last year. That follows a 10% decrease in enrollment from fall 2019 to the fall of 2020.
Now in its second year, the network has over 60 members across the nation.
El Paso County saw 56,000 more people move out to other U.S. counties than moved in between 2010 and 2020.
As a public institution that receives state funding, it is unclear what the consequences will be for defying state orders.
Students who get their shots within a certain period will get $25 in Miner Bucks. If you live on campus, the university will pay $550 of your rent if you're vaccinated.
The return of in-person classes suggests some progress has been made against the COVID-19 pandemic. But many students still have concerns about masks mandates, social distancing, and COVID-19 variants.
The campus primarily resides on Apache and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo lands but also on various other Indigenious nation’s lands.
“Structurally within institutions, within our society folks with disabilities have often been set aside, put in the shadows, made invisible many times,” one professor says.