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January 2017

Universitywide News

du faculty in the news

(Jan. 31, 2017) DU's faculty were in the media this week, discussing the popularity of jazz music, freedom of the press and the consequences of an export tariff on Mexican goods. Read more from Steve Wiest, Derigan Silver and George DeMartino.

DU community gathering about presidential executive order

Tuesday, Jan. 31, noon-1:30 p.m.—Driscoll Ballroom
Several University of Denver departments and offices have come together to invite DU students, faculty and staff to discuss President Trump's executive order regarding refugees, immigrants and other travelers from seven nations. Faculty and staff will offer brief comments to provide information, explain resources and frame the discussion, and the floor will be opened for discussion. More

Chancellor Chopp's message about divestment

(Jan. 31, 2017) The email sent to the full DU on-campus community last week from Chancellor Chopp included some important information on the University's plans to pursue more sustainable practices and address the threats of global climate change. See the chancellor's website for the full message and read more on the DU Newsroom.

Save the date for Faculty, Staff, Retiree Appreciation Day with the Pioneers

Wednesday, Feb. 22–Magness Arena, Ritchie Center
Save the date for the next faculty, staff and retiree appreciation day, hosted by Human Resources and Athletics and Recreation. DU Men's Basketball will take on Omaha at 7 p.m., their last home game of the season. Registration link coming soon.

16th annual Diversity Summit shatters attendance expectations

(Jan. 31, 2017) At more than 1,200 strong, attendance at this year's Diversity Summit doubled last year's. Yet this was not the only significance of this annual event. Read coverage and view videos of several of the summit programs at the DU Newsroom website.

du faculty in the news

(Jan. 24, 2017) DU's faculty were represented in local and national media this week discussing the privatization of public lands, the number of people who attended the Women's March and what we can expect from President Trump. Read more from Fred Cheever, Erica Chenoweth and Seth Masket.

Register today for 2017 Women's Conference on Feb. 10

(Jan. 24, 2017) Next up in the OneDU Presents signature events series will be the 2017 Women's Conference on Feb. 10, with the theme "Creating Our Stories: Challenges, Resilience, and Victories." Visit the conference website to review workshops and lectures throughout the day, and don't miss the morning keynote "Out of Many, One," featuring Regan Byrd with The Bell Policy Center. Register

Kick off the Women's Conference with the Lunafest Film Festival, coming to DU once again (see next item).

lunafest film festival

Thursday, Feb. 9, 6 p.m.—Sturm Hall, Lindsay Auditorium (room 281)
(Jan. 24, 2017) Presented by Colorado Women's College, the Lunafest Film Festival will feature short films by women, for women and about women. Check out the festival trailer for a sneak peek at the films! Funds raised from the event will go to the Breast Cancer Fund and Colorado Women's College. Tickets are $10 ($8 for students) and are on sale now (discount tickets are available for Women's Conference registrants). This event is open to the public.

2017 Internationalization Summit save the date and call for proposals

(Jan. 24, 2017) Mark your calendars for the 2017 Internationalization Summit April 14, 2017. The theme for this fourth annual summit is "Refugees, Migration and the Internationalization of Higher Education," featuring keynote speaker, Syrian journalist, Rasha Faek. Now accepting session proposals; priority deadline is Monday, Feb. 27. We invite all members of our regional academic community and the DU community (faculty, staff and students) to submit session proposals as well as attend the summit. More information at website

du faculty in the news

(Jan. 17, 2017) This week we feature Christopher Lasch, Melissa Archpru Akaka and Jennifer Greenfield discussing sanctuary cities, changes in the retail industry, and the implementation of Colorado's new minimum wage. Read more

Participate in upcoming presentations by campus land-use planning firms

Thursday, Jan. 19; Monday, Jan. 23; Tuesday, Jan. 24; Monday, Jan. 30—see details below
(Jan. 17, 2017) Look around and imagine a different DU 10 years from now. Imagine a Driscoll Student Center that is a hub for activity and innovation. Outdoor and indoor spaces that reflect the true vibrancy of a thriving institution. More affordable housing available to students, faculty and staff, right next door. A pedestrian and bicycle friendly campus. Our neighborhood filled with shops and restaurants that serve as a destination for families across the city.

The DU IMPACT 2025 strategic plan envisions a vibrant and interactive community district tying together our campus and the surrounding neighborhoods. As part of this process, we will soon be selecting an internationally recognized urban planning and architectural team to work with us on a new campus master land-use plan, our first comprehensive master plan in 45 years.

Over the past five months, a selection committee comprised of faculty, staff and community leaders and led by Vice Chancellor David Greenberg and University Architect Mark Rodgers, has selected four internationally renowned planning and design firms to respond to a request for proposals (RFP). Collectively, these firms have developed master plans for more than half of the top 25 ranked colleges and universities in the nation. These firms will be presenting their thoughts in late January to DU senior leadership, to the selection committee and to the campus community at large.

Many of our DU faculty and staff members have ideas for new or better uses of our campus facilities, ways to use our campus and neighborhood to draw people into DU and ways to create a deeper sense of community for those with direct ties to DU.

Each of the four firms submitting RFP responses will present their ideas and answer questions at one-hour sessions specifically for our on-campus community members:

Thursday, Jan. 19: Stantec, 1:30-2:30 p.m., Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science, room 510
Representative projects: Drexel University (campus master plan), Emory University (Clifton Corridor urban design plan), Rice University (Rice Village)
Monday, Jan. 23: Moore Rubel Yudell, 2-3 p.m., Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room 290
Representative projects: University of California, Riverside (physical master plan study), University of Washington, Tacoma (campus master plan phases I-III, University of California, Berkeley (Lower Sproul District master plan and student community center)
Tuesday, Jan. 24: Ayers Saint Gross, 1-2 p.m., Daniel Felix School of Engineering and Computer Science, room 510
Representative projects: Washington University in St. Louis (multiple planning projects), Johns Hopkins University (multiple planning and design projects); Wexford Science + Technology (multiple edge-of-campus/Innovation District master plans)
Monday, Jan. 30: Gensler/SWA, 11 a.m.-noon, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room 290
Representative projects: Duke University (Kunshan University master plan—Kunshan, China, University of Kansas Capitol Federal Hall, University of the Pacific (campus master plan and Karen and Don DeRosa Student Center)

These are some of the greatest urban design thinkers on the planet. Check their websites to get an idea of the breadth and depth of what they've done and be prepared to hear their approach to helping DU define its vision for creating a thriving DU village. As we all learn more about this process, we know you'll find it to be an exciting experience to be a part of what DU's campus and neighborhood can become.

diversity summit is this thursday and friday!

(Jan. 17, 2017) If you signed up to attend the Diversity Summit Jan. 19 and 20, please note that descriptions are posted online for workshops being held on Friday, Jan. 20; morning workshops at from 10:15-11:30 a.m., afternoon workshops from 3:15-4:30 p.m. You can download the full schedule on the Pioneer Life app; get instructions. Registration for the summit is closed, but you can still attend the Jan. 20 workshops; just check in at the registration table in the Sturm Hall lobby.

du faculty in the news

(Jan. 10, 2017) From the Denver Post to VICE news, DU faculty were widely represented in the media in the past week. Read more about stories featuring Jacob Hyde, Jesse Owen, Galena Rhoades, Scott Stanley and Adrienne Russell.

Making progress on DU IMPACT 2025

(Jan. 10, 2017) As you know, implementation teams are working to realize the vision of DU IMPACT 2025, the University's strategic plan. While we work on a website that better allows our community to monitor and engage with the implementation of the plan, we are pleased to share this update of the various initiatives in the plan. We are still in the early stages of this 10-year plan, and consultation will remain key to our work. Teams are consulting broadly, and we encourage you to contact those listed in the document with ideas or questions, especially if there is current work that aligns with the initiatives of the plan. This document is a snapshot of work done to date and that which is planned in the near future. As you will see, there is exciting movement and much, much more to come.

We invite you to attend a town hall meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 9-10:30 a.m., in Anderson Academic Commons Room 290, to engage further in conversations with the chancellor, provost and others on our implementation progress. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend the town hall.

What do you want to see in the DU neighborhood?

(Jan. 10, 2017) Opportunities are coming up for you to learn more about what could be possible to make the DU neighborhood a "destination" for locals and visitors alike! Read on for more...

Light rail stations public open house
Tuesday, Jan. 17, 5:30-7 p.m.—South High School, 1700 E. Louisiana Ave.
The University and Colorado RTD light rail stations have served the surrounding communities and commuters for nearly a decade. But these stations remain "back doors" to their neighborhoods rather than visible gateways. It is time these stations transition from commuter stations to integrated "mobility hubs" and active local destinations. The project management team for the Multi-Station Plan and Mobility Study for Colorado and University of Denver Light Rail Stations seeks community input for a plan that will address improvements in transportation and place-making at the stations and within the surrounding neighborhoods and support the development of innovative, vibrant and walkable station areas. Contact Sylvia Brady or Loralyn Fabian with questions or for more information.

Diversity Summit—registration closes Jan. 13

(Jan. 10, 2017) Register by this Friday, Jan. 13, for the 2017 Diversity Summit, Jan. 19-20, 2017. More information at website On Jan. 9, faculty, staff and students enjoyed a kick-off event for One DU Presents, a campaign which encompasses six University-sponsored events promoting inclusivity, diversity and equity. Read more at the Newsroom

Minors on Campus Policy Reminder

(Jan. 10, 2017) On any given day at DU, there's a good chance we have campus visitors under 18. It's up to all of us to know how we protect their safety and welfare through our Protection of Minors on Campus policy. If you work with University-sponsored programs or events that include minors—those under age 18 as defined by the policy—you'll want to also check these procedures from Human Resources. HR has a learning program on working within this policy that's required for those who regularly interact with minors on campus. Incidents can happen on any campus, so be prepared and know how DU is working to keep minors safe as they learn, plan and develop in programs at our campus. Contact Molly Rossi, Employee Relations consultant at 303-871-3103 with questions.

winter blood drive

Wednesday, Jan. 18 and Thursday, Jan. 19, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m.–Driscoll Ballroom
(Jan. 10, 2017) Bonfils Blood Center will be on campus Jan. 18 and 19 for the winter blood drive. Reserve an appointment time by calling 303-363-2300 or register online using site code 1086. Please review the eligibility guidelines.

du faculty in the news

(Jan. 3, 2017) We'll be back next week to highlight more DU faculty featured in the media. In the meantime, check out this Newsroom feature on Brad Davidson, assistant professor of mechanical and materials engineering, who survived a snowstorm while climbing Mt. Rainier this summer. Despite spending the night outside in a blizzard, Davidson says, "I never had a 'we're not going to make it moment.' It was scary, but it was never overwhelming."

Embodying One DU: Supporting Holistic Student Well-being on an Inclusive Campus

Thursday, Jan. 12, 11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.—Ritchie Center, Gottesfeld Room 334
(Jan. 3, 2017) Students experience the ecosystem of DU in different ways than many faculty and staff. We each connect to students in our role—as a member of a department, maybe only Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10-11:50, or perhaps only a few isolated times. Sometimes we connect more deeply and have an opportunity to glimpse their more holistic experience of DU. Sometimes we are desperate to find support for a student but feel inadequate and unsure of who to send them to or what really happens after they leave our office. Given that we each have a partial view of our students' experiences, this session brings together faculty and staff to consider how we can collaborate in new, more intentional ways to support the work of making the DU campus a more inclusive climate and culture. Join us to share stories, struggles and joys and to think together about how we can support holistic student well-being on an inclusive campus. Lunch included. This event is co-sponsored by the Staff Advisory Council, the Faculty Senate and the One DU and the Student Navigation clusters (DU IMPACT implementation teams). RSVP

Diversity Summit workshop designed for DU faculty and staff "One of Us: Inclusive Communities at Work"

(Jan. 3, 2017) Check out workshop information being posted this week and next for the 2017 Diversity Summit, Jan. 19-20, 2017. Register today. A special workshop for DU faculty and staff will be presented twice during the summit, so keep an eye out for more details. Here's a brief overview:

Changing demographics, growth opportunities in new markets and many other socio-economic trends mean that diversity is necessary. But diversity alone is not enough. The research shows that we reap the real benefits of diversity only when it also comes with a culture of inclusion. An inclusive culture exists when people feel psychologically safe and free to express their true identity at work. When people feel involved, valued and connected every day, they are able to be their best selves at work, and deliver better results too. The problem lies in that we naturally move towards those that we perceive as similar to us, and away from those we perceive as different. The session will help identify what it means to truly recognize and leverage diversity to improve the quality of our innovation, collaboration and relationships and to play our part in building an inclusive community.

Winter 2017 University of Denver magazine available online

(Jan. 3, 2017) Visit to read the winter issue of the University of Denver Magazine. You also can find print versions in racks around campus. Features include a story on Rodney Billups, the new men's basketball coach and an in-depth look at the emergent digital practices program in Media, Film and Journalism Studies within AHSS.