The 4D Team
The University of Denver 4D team, supported by a unique partnership of executive leadership in student affairs, academic affairs and career and professional development, develops and operationalizes strategic goals designed to enhance the 4D Experience at DU. They do so in three critical ways. First, by educating the DU community and offering consultations to raise awareness, increase dialogue and elevate practice around the 4D model of holistic student development. Second, by building creative capacity to support and generate innovative approaches to embedding and amplifying the 4D experience. And third, by engaging the community through strategic initiatives and programming, in close collaboration with campus partners, to ensure that the DU experience is the 4D Experience.
If you have questions about the 4D Experience, or want to know how to get involved, the 4D team invites you to reach out.
4D Staff Co-Director
Laura Perille, PhD, has deep experience designing and overseeing high-impact, co-curricular programs. Previously, Laura served as associate director of the Center for Research and Fellowships at Georgetown University, where she mentored undergraduate students, graduate students and alumni in reflecting on and integrating their learning, deepening their expertise and telling their stories. Prior to Georgetown, she worked as an associate with the Office of National Fellowships and the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire. She holds a PhD and AM in history from Brown University, where she was a Peter Green Doctoral Scholar and Brown/Wheaton Faculty Fellow.
4D Faculty Co-Director
Laura E. Sponsler, PhD, has expertise in civic learning and democratic engagement; inclusive teaching, learning and assessment; and faculty development. In addition to her role as 4D co-director, she serves as clinical associate professor in higher education at DU’s Morgridge College of Education. She also currently serves as the faculty scholar for teaching and professional faculty in the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs and Office of Teaching and Learning. Previously, Laura worked at NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education – where she was the founding director of civic learning initiatives. She holds a master’s and a PhD in higher education from the University of Pennsylvania.
4D Associate Director
Audrey Moreno has many years of experience conducting research on internationalization at home and study abroad programming in higher education. In addition to her work on the 4D team, she is an adjunct instructor in the Office of Internationalization and Living and Learning Communities and is currently pursuing her doctorate in higher education with a cognate in internationalization at the University of Denver. She received her BA in International Studies and BS in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism from Colorado State University and her master's degree in higher education with a focus on student affairs and administration from the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.
4D Project Manager
Greg Mahan has a demonstrated passion for student-facing work, particularly in co-curricular programming. They have a diverse work history, with experience in Living Learning Communities, non-profit administration, and invited lectures. In addition to his student affairs experience, Greg worked for years as a full-time audio engineer, partnering with industry leaders such as National Geographic to put together engaging, interactive e-learning programs. They have a BM in Sound Recording Technology from the University of Massachusetts Lowell and will be completing their Master’s in Higher Education at DU this June.