Our Programs

Our Programs

Telluride Association sponsors a variety of opportunities for people in all phases of their education, with programs for high school sophomores and juniors, university students, and graduate students. We even offer opportunities for university faculty.

Summer Programs

The Telluride Association Summer Seminar (TASS) is a free, six-week summer educational experience for high school sophomores and juniors. TASS prepares and inspires promising young students to lead and serve through transformative educational experiences rooted in critical thinking and democratic community. Telluride Association covers all program costs for every student, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees. Students with financial need may apply for additional assistance with travel costs and a subsidy to replace summer earnings.

In TASS, students study how power and privilege shape social structures through courses in humanities and social sciences, in two areas of study.

  • TASS-CBS (Critical Black Studies) offers seminars that explore topics within history, politics, literature, art, and other intellectual and cultural contributions from people of African descent.
  • TASS-AOS (Anti-Oppressive Studies) considers systems of power and oppression including white supremacy, patriarchy, and classism, and considers ways to transform society.

Learn more about our summer programs.

Self-governing Learning Communities for University Students

TA also funds houses, or “Branches” at the University of Michigan and Cornell University, where we provide room and board scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. (Both Branches were closed to in-person residence in 2020-21 due to COVID, but have reopened for Fall 2021).

Learn more about our Branches.