Global Engagement

Bringing Global Engagement to Higher Education

The Office of Global Engagement helps the University adapt to unpredictable changes across the world. Led by Christopher Hill, former U.S. ambassador and assistant secretary of state, this Office will craft a 21st-century platform for global engagement in higher education. Along with lectures and events across campus with an international focus, the Office will also bring high-ranking visitors to the University.

Past Events

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The Future of Democracy, Free Trade, and Alliances in the Trump Era

Join Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow on Public Opinion and Foreign Policy, Chicago Council on Global Affairs; Ambassador Christopher Hill; Professor Sam Zhao; and Director of the Crossley Center and pollster, Floyd Ciruli.

In Cooperation with the Consulate-General of Japan in Denver

March 2, 2020 - The Japan-U.S. Alliance & the 2020 Election

A discussion with Doshisha University Professor, Koji Murata and Dina Smeltz, Senior Fellow for the Chicago Council on Global Affairs - Joined by Ambassador Hill, Crossley Center Director Floyd Ciruli, and China Center Director Suisheng Zhao.

Former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing with Director Floyd Ciruli and Professor Suisheng Zhao

February 4, 2020 - Japan-China-U.S. and Japan’s Vision for the Indo-Pacific

Former Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in Beijing with Director Floyd Ciruli and Professor Suisheng Zhao

How to bring the US-China Relations back on the right track?

January 28, 2020 - How to bring the US-China Relations back on the right track?

Come join Jackson/Ho China Forum & The Office of Global Engagement as they host an event with speakers Robert Holden, Suisheng Zhao, and Amb. Christopher Hill

Trump and democratic Question mark

November 7, 2019 - One Year to the 2020 Presidential Election

Former Ambassador Christopher Hill and Director of the Crossley Center for Public Opinion Research, Floyd Ciruli, will assess the changes in American democracy and the impact on American foreign policy with one year prior to the 2020 Presidential Election

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October 22, 2019 - Diplomatic Dialogue: Japan - US Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region

Former Envoy Extraordinary and Minister Plenipotentiary Noriyuki Shikata, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in China, and Ambassador Hill, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, will engage in a dialogue

October 3, 2019 - Denver Council on Foreign Relations hosts: Is American Diplomacy Dead?

Ambassador Hill Kicks-off with the Denver Council on Foreign Relations: Is American Diplomacy Dead?

September 28, 2019 - Global Security Forum 2019

Power and Leadership: Projection vs. Protection

America bridged to the EU

September 17, 2019 - Ambassador Dialogues

Transatlantic Approaches to Confronting Global Challenges, with Italian Ambassador Armando Varricchio, Italian Ambassador to the U.S. and Ambassador Ivan Korčok, Slovak Republic Ambassador to the U.S

September 16, 2019 - Vail Symposium

An Evening with the Ambassadors: A Geopolitical Conversation with Ambassadors Hussain Haqqani and Christopher Hill

Colorado Remembers 9/11

September 11, 2019 - 18th Anniversary Commemoration as Colorado remembers 9/11

Colorado remembers 9/11 with featured speakers: Gen. Stanley McChrystal,The Hon. Ed Royce, Amb. Christopher R. Hill and Tom Sanderson.

The Future of alliances

September 10, 2019 - America's Role in the World

The Future of Alliances at 5:00 PM (MT) at Maglione Hall, Josef Korbel School of International Studies Anna and John J. Sie International Relations Complex

September 9, 2019 - America's greatest foreign policy challenges

Ambassador Hill and the Tennessee World Affairs Council discuss America's greatest foreign policy challenges.

Trump and Kim Jong Un

September 9, 2019 - Inside Nuclear Negotiations with N. Korea

Tennessee World Affairs Council hosts Ambassador Hill and the Nuclear Negotiations with N. Korea


America's Diplomatic Challenges

A Talk by Ambassador Hill on Sunday August 18 at 4 P.M.

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Ambassador Hill Visits the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs

Diplomacy at Work in Turbulent Times

Ambassador Hill shares his insights and experiences from the front-line of American diplomacy. From the wars in the Balkans to the brutality of North Korea to the endless war in Iraq, he offered lessons  from the life of an American diplomat negotiating hard problems with difficult partners. Ambassador Hill shared his vision for the role of diplomacy in addressing national crises, and America's role in global politics. 

The Korean Peninsula: One of America’s Greatest Foreign Policy Challenges

Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs

Midterm Election Event

Midterm Elections 2018 Results: What Policy Changes are Likely?

Ambassador Christopher Hill and Professor Floyd Ciruli reprised their popular post-election analyses of the November results and its domestic and international effects on November 7 in Maglione Hall.

The post-election session reviewed the midterm results, the possible end of one-party control of the federal government and the likelihood of impeachment. 

North Korea’s Diplomatic Gambit: Will History Repeat Itself?

Ambassador Hill's Testimony Before Congress

On April 11, Ambassador Hill testified before the United States House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific. During his testimony, he discussed past and current relations between the United States and North Korea before answering questions from subcommittee members.

Ambassador Christopher Hill

Meet Ambassador Hill

Ambassador Christopher Hill is the Chief Global Adviser to the University of Denver. Over a 33-year foreign service career, he served six presidents and 11 secretaries of state. Hill led the U.S. delegation in six-party talks on the North Korea nuclear issue while assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific Affairs, and was the U.S ambassador to Iraq, South Korea, Poland and Macedonia. He’s received numerous awards, including the State Department’s Distinguished Service Award. Hill was dean of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies from 2010 to 2017.

About the Ambassador


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Media Appearances

Ambassador Christopher Hill appears on local and national media outlets to discuss a wide range of global topics, from North Korea's nuclear capabilities to conflicts in the Middle East.

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Zoom Events

May 29th, 2020 - U.S.-China Relations: How to Get Back on the Right Track


C+V Community Talks: Wellness & Creativity: Exploring Community Together


We know that right now continues to be a difficult time full of unknowns that can be wearing on our community. This week we want to focus on the importance of taking a deep, collective breath together. Creative expression is important for wellness, and this week we hope to inspire creativity during this time and help us to remember that we are all in this together and here to support each other. We will be joined by DU Alum and award-winning writer, performer, and cultural worker, Bobby LeFebre, and Blake Sanz as we as we explore creative spaces in our community.


Thursday, August 6, 2020 | 11am-12pm 



Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Creating a Resilient Community: Lifting Each Other Up


After our last webinar and conversation with our community, the C+V team realized how important it is for us to maintain focus on how we lift one another up and support each other. With all that is going on in our city, state, nation, and world, we know how difficult it can be for all of our community members. Therefore, in Part II of our resilience and coping webinars, which featured the Dean of Graduate School of Professional Psychology, Dr. Shelly Smith-Acuña, Clinic Director of Sturm Center, Dr. Katy Barrs, and Director of Sport & Performance Psychology and Professor, Dr. Mark Aoyagi, as they spoke about how we can all show up for one another and support each other as we continue to navigate these times.


Thursday, July 23 | 11am-12pm 


Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Resilience and Coping During Tough Times


As we continue to navigate the ups and downs during these times as a community, we recognize the importance to be there for one another. This conversation featured DU Women's Gymnastics Head Coach, Melissa Kutcher-Rinehart, and Senior Project Manager for DU Impact 2025 and C+V, Chase McNamee, as they shared how we cope during these tough times and find ways to keep going as a community and supporting one another.

Coach Kutcher-Rinehart shared resources used by the team to further resiliency:


Thursday, July 9 | 11am-12pm 


Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Beyond Taking a Knee: Policing Equity and Activating Community


C+V invited the DU community to join us for an authentic, in-depth conversation on police and community relations featuring DU alum Dr. Tracie Keesee, SVP and Co-Founder of the Center for Policing Equity. In this conversation, we explored police reform, community engagement, and how to most effectively harness the energy of this moment for true change.




Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Real Talk with Alumni: Being Part of the Change at DU and Beyond


Join us for a conversation with DU alumni, Kelly Schlabach, Ariel Zarate, Makia Jones, Neda Kikhia, and Daniel Gonzalez, as we continue conversations on how we build a sense of belonging, inclusivity, and explore our values as a community. Our alumni panel shared their experiences and shared how we can all continue to show up for each other, build community, and fight institutional racism.



Thursday, June 18 | 11am-12pm


Past Event: C+V Community Talk: Racial Justice Part II: Continuing the Conversation


As our community continues to discuss how we all can fight against injustices and systemic racism, we will come together again to continue the conversation about racial justice and what allyship looks like, especially during these times. During this webinar, we were joined by Dr. Apryl Alexander and Dr. Lavita Nadkarni from the Graduate School of Professional Psychology.



Inclusive Teaching Practices Site Launch


Led by Valentina Iturbe-LaGrave, PhD, Director for Inclusive Teaching Practices and Co-Lead of the Community+Values initiative, this project aims to solve complex problems, engage multiple perspectives, foster greater belonging, show compassion beyond boundaries and shape the future of our world. This is inclusive teaching at the University of Denver.


Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Racial Justice: How We Show Up for One Another


This C+V webinar focused on how we, as a community, can fight against injustices and can create a more inclusive institution for all. We know how important showing up for another is, and we wish to create a space for support and checking in on each other. In this webinar, we learned about racial justice and what allyship looks like, especially during these times. We were joined by Dr. Art Jones, Interim Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Inclusion; Dr. Kristin Deal, Director of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Dr. Tom Romero, Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence Research and Curricular Initiatives; Neda Kikhia, Program Manager of DU DialogUes; and Dr. Thomas Walker, Director of Office of the Inclusion and Equity Education. Some of the panelists are willing to be contacted by DU affiliates with follow-up questions; their contact info can be found via their office webpages and/or DU online directory.



Reflection Questions  (and their goal in parentheses). Due to time, only questions 1 and 3 were addressed. 

  1. Recent prejudice, racial injustice, violence, and resistance are recent and perhaps well broadcast, but not new experiences. What was your earliest/most impactful realization of race and racial injustice?  (naming our own identities and learning journey around this issue)
  2. What has been the cost to you of racial injustice: relationships, career, institutions, communities? (While not digging for trauma, what are the real costs of racial injustice, and not just to people of color?)
  3. What has worked for you in supporting/being supported by others? What has not helped? What do you need/not need from those wishing to help?  (while not speaking for all our people, we can share some, probably generalizable truths)
  4. How have you continued to learn, act for change, and self-care in this work over time? (while not speaking for all our people, we can share some, probably generalizable truths)
  5. What is one thing you now know, that you wish your 1st encounter self had known or known to do then? (hoping our reflective insights might spark others to consider what they think/do now…)

Resources mentioned/related:



Past Event: Community Talks: Compassion Meditation: Taking a Break Together


As we navigate this difficult time together, C+V realizes the importance of mental health, wellness, and taking time to rest and take care of ourselves. Sometimes we just need a moment to "be." This session on Compassion Meditation was led by Molly Clarke, a holistic health coach, registered yoga teacher + owner of Soulbeam Wellness. During the webinar,  participants dove into mindfulness, specifically compassion meditation, what that is, why it’s important during times like these, and how we can incorporate it into our daily lives.

Mindfulness Resources: 

  • Mindfulness Apps: 
    • Calm, Headspace, Insight Timer, Buddhify
  • Mindfulness Books:
    • The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh
    • Where You Go, There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
    • The Untethered Soul by Michael A. Singer 
    • The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle 
  • Mindfulness/Spirituality/Wellness Podcasts 
    • Expanded Podcast with Lacy Phillips
    • Highest Self Podcast with Sahara Rose 
    • Oprah's SuperSoul Conversations 
    • Mind Body Green Podcast
    • Soul on Fire Podcast with The Balanced Blonde 




Past Event: Community Talks: A Healthy Mind in a Healthy Body


This week’s webinar features Dr. Lotta Granholm-Bentley, Professor and Founding Executive Director of the Knoebel Institution for Healthy Aging; Professor Daniel Linseman, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics; and Lilia Koza, Cellular and Molecular Biology Ph.D. Candidate, Knoebel Institution for Healthy Aging. The panelists will discuss how maintaining a healthy lifestyle and understanding aging can improve physical and mental health, quality of life, wellness, and community.



Past Event: Special Edition Community Talks: Our DU Values: A Community Conversation


On Thursday, May 14, 2020, over 80 members of the DU community joined Chancellor Haefner as he facilitated a Special Edition C + V Community Talk featuring DU community panelists, Grace Sullivan, Dr. Johnny Ramirez, Dr. Allison Friederichs, and Wade Loo. The panelists were asked to tackle the essential question:  

‘Crises have a way of testing us—as individuals and as communities and societies. And we all respond to these tests in a different way. They shared what they are feeling personally, and what they are seeing in our community, as COVID-19 has such profound impact?’ 



Past Event: Community Talk: Dialoguing in a Virtual World Part II: Community and Belonging in a Virtual World


Join us for part two of our DU DialogUes webinar, where participants and facilitators will take part in a mini-fishbowl dialogue on community and belonging in a virtual world. As dialogue is intended to be reciprocal, we have provided a space for folks to actively listen and participate in meaningful and impactful dialogue. During the latter half of the hour, the audience will be asked to engage with fellow DU Community members to practice dialoguing in breakout rooms on belonging and community. We understand that life happens, but to facilitate meaningful conversation, we ask that participants try to stay and actively engage with others from the DU Community throughout the entirety of the webinar.


In order to honor the dialogic space and the participants’ privacy, a recording of this webinar won’t be posted.