The 4D Symposium

The 4D Symposium is designed to bring together campus stakeholders - faculty, administrators, and staff - to learn more about the 4-Dimensional (4D) Experience and share progress and models around elevating this work. We hope this event will inspire our community to support holistic learning and development experiences for our students through integrating the four dimensions of advancing intellectual growth, exploring character, promoting well-being, and pursuing careers and lives of purpose.

Register for the 4D Symposium Here! 

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM – Pre-Symposium Session for Faculty: Mountain Campus Curricular Incubator + 4D Ideation Lab

Via Zoom (link to follow registration)

11:30 AM – Check-In

Outside Community Commons 1700

Arrive outside the Community Commons to grab your name badge and find a seat for the keynote! 

12 PM – Keynote Lunch

Community Commons 1700

Please join us for a keynote from Dr. Sheila Carter-Tod, the Executive Director of the University Writing Program.

1 PM – 4D Innovations Co-Curricular Working Group “Pitches”

Community Commons 1600

Staff and faculty members of the 4D Innovations Co-Curricular Working Group will share prototypes that they have developed to enhance the 4D Experience and integrate cross-functional expertise, based on the application of design thinking.  

  • 4D Innovations Working Group Members
    • Shana Alston, Executive Director of Housing and Residential Education 
    • Kira Castle, Program Manager, University Honors Program 
    • Kristin Deal, PhD, Director of Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
    • Megan Haskins, Faculty Developer of Integrative Learning and High-Impact Practices, Office of Teaching and Learning 
    • Roo Hiremath, Assistant Director for Learning and Leadership, Housing and Residential Education 
    • Andriette Jordan-Fields, PhD, Black Community Initiatives Coordinator, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 
    • Bob Kumagai, Executive Director of Career Services, Daniels College of Business 
    • Gloria Miller, PhD, Morgridge Endowed Professor in Literacy, Child, Family and School Psychology Program, Morgridge College of Education 
    • April Osborne, Senior Academic Advisor, Office of Academic Advising 
    • Tamra Pearson d’Estree, PhD, Associate Professor of Conflict Resolution, Korbel School of International Studies; Director of Conflict Engagement and Resolution Institute 
    • Chris Roby, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Engagement and the 4D Experience, Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence 
    • Carolyn Sommers, Associate Director, Career and Professional Development 
    • Stacey Stevens, Director of Student Employment, Career and Professional Development 
    • Emelee Volden, Director, Office of International Education 

2 PM – Breakout Sessions

  • Staff Advisory Council (SAC) 4D Roundtable

    Community Commons 1600 

    Join the Staff Advisory Council in conversation and activities focused on how we might embody the 4D Experience for DU employees. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage in dialogue around strengths and gaps, ideating and identifying emergent themes. These conversations will inform the work of the SAC’s 4D Committee moving forward, as they advance an expansive 4D Experience that encompasses our staff community.  

    SAC Facilitators: 

    • Nathan Willers, Staff Advisory Council President 
    • Paul Riola, Staff Advisory Council 4D Committee Co-Chair
    • Yoshie Matsubura, Staff Advisory Council
    • Cassy Kutches, Staff Advisory Council 
  • 4D Design Committee: Well-Being Design Think

    Community Commons 1700 

    Participate in a “Well-Being Design Think” with the 4D Design Committee! The committee will share their approach to designing for the DU community before facilitating an interactive design thinking process in which participants will design for their well-being. The process will allow participants to identify ways that we can center well-being in the 4D Experience and elevate this dimension for all.  

    4D Design Committee Facilitators: 

    • Virginia Pitts, PhD, Director of University Teaching, Office of Teaching and Learning 
    • Kim Bender, PhD, Philip D. and Eleanor G. Winn Professor for Children and Youth at Risk, Graduate School of Social Work 
    • Michael Caston, PhD, Professor of the Practice in Innovation and Product Design and Development and Executive Director, Innovation Labs 
    • Emma Rau, Graduate Student, Morgridge College of Education 
    • Vy Nghe, Undergraduate Student 


  • Vice Provost of Faculty Affairs + Office of Teaching and Learning

    Community Commons 2800 

    Join Alison Staudinger (Director of Faculty Development and Career Advancement, VFPA) and Ellen Hogan (Accessibility Technologist, OTL) as they share how their departments align with the 4D Experience, as well as identify areas of potential enhancement. Alison and Ellen will highlight how their offices can support faculty in further development of their own 4D Experience, and how faculty can incorporate the core competencies into their work with students. Participants will take part in an interactive mini activity that will give them the opportunity to collaborate and engage as they think through the 4D Experience! 

3 PM – 4D Infusion Grants Popcorn Presentations

Faculty and staff recipients of the 4D Infusion Grants will share their projects through popcorn-style presentation. 

  • Community Commons 1600
    • Supervisor Learning Cohort 
      • Stacey Stevens, Director of Student Employment, CPD 
      • Elise Goss-Alexander, Assistant Director of Student Employment, CPD 
    • Residential Mentoring Series 
      • Roo Hiremath, Assistant Director for Learning and Leadership, Housing and Residential Education 
      • Michael Johnson, Assistant Director of 4D Mentoring, CPD 
    • Student Nutrition Coaching Pilot Program 
      • Ruth Brown, Nutrition Coach, Athletics and Recreation 
      • Alie Wilkinson, Nutrition Coach, Athletics and Recreation 
    • Fostering Belonging Through Culturally-Themed Cooking Classes 
      • Brian Schreckinger, Director of Operations, Community and Driscoll Commons 
      • Roo Hiremath, Assistant Director for Learning and Leadership, Housing and Residential Education 
    • OSE Presents: 4D Series 
      • Jessie Stellini, Associate Director, OSE 
      • Julianne Toce, Assistant Director of Student Activities, OSE 
      • Sam Anderson-Lehman, Assistant Director of Student Orgs, OSE 
  • Community Commons 2800
    • The M2 (Mentoring with Mentors) STEM Partnership Project 
      • Barbekka Hurtt, PhD, Teaching Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, NSM 
      • Gloria Miller, PhD, Morgridge Endowed Professor in Literacy, Child, Family and School Psychology Program, MCE 
    • A/R/Tists in Residence: Cultivating DU Student and Faculty Wellness in the Face of COVID-19-Related Grief and Loss 
      • Erin Willer, PhD, Associate Professor, Communication Studies 
    • Promoting Well-Being with the Daniels Professional Development Program 
      • Angie Jimenez, Assistant Director and Career Coach, Daniels Career Services 
    • Campus Reintegration for Students Returning from Study Abroad Experiences 
      • Kara Taczak, PhD, Teaching Professor, Writing Program 
      • Casey Dinger, PhD, Executive Director and Academic Director for Internationalization, Office of Internationalization 
    • IRISE Borstein-Gomez & Somoza Rising Scholars Pilot Program 
      • Tom Romero, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, IRISE 
      • Lisa Martinez, PhD, Professor and Director, Critical Race and Ethnic Studies 

Happy Hour Poster Session

Join us for a networking happy hour as the 4D Learning Community participants share posters on how they are integrating 4D into their pedagogy and practice.