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

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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


Your Resilience & Growth Mindset Roadmap: Growing Through Difficulties


C+V is partnering with 4-D, HRIC, DUGC, The Cultural Center, Athletics and Recreation, and other campus partners to create an asynchronous, self-guided module for our DU community to facilitate their own virtual journey through the topics of resilience and growth mindset. Participants will learn about the various definitions and aspects of resilience and growth mindset and create their own “roadmap” and goals to grow through these difficulties and emerge stronger.

Each participant will who completes the module will receive their personalized roadmap, a resource packet, and a FREE e-copy of Micro-Resilience: Minor Shifts for Major Boosts in Focus, Drive, and Energy by Bonnie St. John & Allen P. Haines.

* On October 22, 2020, you will receive the link to the self-guided module, your guidebook, and additional information for the module from the C+V team.


Past Event: C + V Community Leadership Conversation: Ft. Mary Clark, Provost & Todd Adams, VC, SAIE


We know at DU that we like to bring our whole selves to the community, and it’s hard to find time to slow down during these chaotic times and welcome people to DU. So we want to make space for two wonderful people who recently joined our DU community, DU Provost and Vice Chancellor Mary Clark and Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Todd Adams. We are excited to invite you to join us for our first C+V Community Leadership Conversation with Mary and Todd, where we will learn more about “what makes them, them!”

Video with closed captioning coming soon!


C+V & Office of the Provost Community Coffee Hours



We know that this year and the physical distancing measures have presented new challenges for all of us. It's more important now than ever before that we feel supported and in community in our daily lives. In that spirit, C+V and the Office of the Provost would like to invite you join us for a free cup of coffee or hot chocolate and some human connection while practicing physical distancing protocols every Thursday at Beans!



Meet our 2020-2021 C+V Graduate Fellows


Meet the 2020-2021 C+V Graduate Fellows! Learn more about their experiences and how they'll be co-leading the work of C+V.


Past Event: C+V & 4-Dimensional Experience: How to Intentionally Build Community


“The key to creating or transforming community, then, is to see the power in the small but important elements of being with others.” – Peter Block, Community: The Structure of Belonging

Community is a powerful concept – community allows us to feel a sense of belonging and support. Fellow community members are there to hear us, see us, share in experiences with us, and accept us for who we are. However, building community does not just happen. It takes intentional, authentic, thoughtful action to connect and engage with others. We invite you to join Community + Values, in collaboration with the 4-Dimensional Experience and other campus partners, as we create an authentic space for DU community members to come together and dialogue about how we can intentionally build community together at DU.

*There will be no video recording of this event to honor the privacy of the participant conversations



Welcome Back from C+V!


It’s the moment we’ve been waiting for. Students have moved into dorms and apartments. They are sitting down in classrooms and convening online. For the first time in months, people are running, walking, and socializing on campus (with masks and distance #DUYourPart). Faculty and staff are welcoming students they've missed so much and working with colleagues not just on planning for a new reality, but giving it a go. Read our 2020-2021 welcome back message.


Past Event: C+V Community Talks: In Person, Online & In-Between: Navigating School Environments During COVID


As we jump into the fall, the level of uncertainty and change seems to grow every day. One of the biggest areas of change is being back in school environments during COVID — we recognize that DU community members, including faculty, staff, and students, are sending their own children back to school or tackling online education or both. We also have parents of DU students sending their children off to college, knowing things can change in the blink of an eye. School and change can and should be rewarding and exciting, but we know it’s stressful, and we know at times it’s confusing and unpredictable.

With this in mind, our C+V webinar will feature special guest, Stephen Ginsberg, Licensed Clinical Psychologist and DU alum, who will answer questions live from a student & parent panel. 

Thursday, September 17, 2020 | 11am-12pm


Past Event: C+V Community Talks: Making Your Best Choices: Decision Making Amidst Constant Change


During these times, Community + Values recognizes that everyone feels tired. Each day brings more change and therefore more decisions. It feels like everything is on the table and nothing is on auto pilot or easy. Decisions feel bigger now. With this in mind, our C+V Community Talk will create an authentic space where we can talk about decision fatigue and how everything feels new, ever changing, and simply really hard in these times. We will discuss how to process these feelings, manage these tough decisions and make the best ones, and incorporate strategies to help lessen anxiety around decisions and change.

Featuring special guests:

Melissa Akaka, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Marketing
Co-Director | Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center
Academic Director | Project X-ITE
Elizabeth and Ali Machado Faculty Fellow

Ali Besharat, PhD
Associate Professor | Department of Marketing
Co-Director | Consumer Insights and Business Innovation Center


Community Voices


Community + Values is excited to announce the launch of Community Voices, a C+V initiative focused on capturing and elevating the stories and voices of our community. Especially while living through these uncertain times, we know how important this work is, and we are committed to amplifying the voices of our community and creating a stronger sense of belonging for all at DU through highlighting these experiences and narratives.

We invite you to visit the Community Voices web page to hear the stories of community members. We will continue to update this page with community members’ stories, and if you are interested in sharing your story or if you have any questions, please email


Past Event: C+V Community Talk: Open & Patient Communication: Navigating These Times as a Community


As we enter into August and draw closer to what we know will be a unique, at a times, challenging year, our upcoming C+V webinar focuses on communication within our community. Community members asked if we could create a space during this talk where we can all learn how to healthily ask for the information we need and create a highly open environment, full of transparency and grace with others. We are headed into our first-ever hybrid environment of online and in-person working and learning, so our webinar will focus on some key tips around communication, finding patience within the process, and successfully navigating the unknown as a community.

Featuring special guests:

Valerie Bartelt, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Business Information and Analytics
Daniels College of Business

T. Michael Boddie
Freelance Journalist & DU Graduate Student
Media, Film and Journalism Studies School

Renee Botta, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Health & Development Communication
Department of Media, Film & Journalism Studies
University of Denver


Past Event: 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.



Growing the You Rock! Awards Program through Campus Partnerships


We are excited to report that through a partnership with VPFA, Community + Values, Human Resources & Inclusive Community, Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, and Advancement, Alumni Engagement, we are now expanding the You Rock! Awards program. This will enable us all to acknowledge the great talent, dedication, resilience, and courage of our entire DU community. Anyone, whether student, staff, faculty, alum, parent, or friend, can nominate a fellow community member for their small and larger accomplishments.