Student Activities and Events

The University recognizes that student engagement in campus life, both in-person and virtually, are essential to fostering student connection and combating social isolation. We remain committed to supporting student activities and events as an essential part of the DU student experience by implementing health and safety protocols for all DU community gatherings. As the fall quarter approaches, the University will continue to update directives for all gatherings sponsored by campus departments and student organizations in accordance with local and state public health orders. We are planning our activities and events to take place in-person and virtually, our students can look forward to activities and events that foster their experience through the Chancellor’s 4 Dimensional (4D) experience of character exploration, professional development, intellectual growth, and overall well-being. 

Student-Driven Programming

This fall, students will have access to 100+ student organizations aligned with their personal, professional, and/or academic interests. Undergraduates can find a listing of current student organizations on CrimsonConnect, and graduate students can find information through The Grad Newsletter for events offered and should connect with their individual colleges and programs to learn of the offerings in these areas as well. Students will have the opportunity to explore and connect with student organizations through a virtual involvement fair during Discoveries Orientation, and throughout the quarter in small, in-person groups.

As in previous years, Undergraduate Student Government (USG) has committed student activity fees for student organizations to host meetings and events for their members and the broader DU community. 

Collectively, USG and the University’s Graduate Student Government (GSG), will continue to represent the student body and provide opportunities for students to voice their opinions and get involved with the issues that matter most to them. 

The DU Programming Board (DUPB) is the University’s student programming board; funded by undergraduate student fees, DUPB plans fun and free events for students to #getwiththeprogram! DUPB will continue to offer events and activities that students can choose to engage in virtually, or in-person, where social distancing can take place. Examples include virtual Netflix Movie Parties, School Spirit Week on Instagram as a part of Homecoming, socially distanced outdoor activities and events, and more. To find out more about upcoming programs and events, follow @dupb1 on Instagram

For those students interested in exploring opportunities to join a social fraternity or sorority in either the Interfraternity Council (IFC) or Panhellenic Council (PHA), both student-run councils will host recruitment processes in late September. For more information about joining a fraternity or sorority in the Multicultural Greek Council (MGC), email

General Student Activities and Events

The DU Programming Council is comprised primarily of campus departments within the division of Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, as well as campus partners in Athletics & Recreation, International Student & Scholar Services, the Center for Sustainability, and more. These campus departments are also dedicated to hosting a variety of student activities and events; below is a small sampling of other activities and events that students can look forward to this fall quarter. 

This fall, the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) will continue to connect students with campus traditions, hallmark programs, student organizations, and leadership exploration for all students, regardless of whether they hold a formal position or not. Examples include virtual Jackbox Games, grab and go DIY Activity Kits, a physically distanced Scavenger Hunt as a part of Homecoming, #DUYourDance challenges in TikTok, and more. All students can follow @uofdenvercampus on Instagram to find out about upcoming opportunities. 

This academic year, OSE will launch a new comprehensive, co-curricular leadership development program open and accessible to all students at the University. Students can sign-up to participate in one of 16 workshops, 8 in-person and 8 virtual, as a part of a Leadership Workshop Series. Workshops are designed to meet students where they are in their leadership journey but offered as a part of either a “Developing Leadership” or Discovering Leadership” track. OSE staff are also available to facilitate leadership workshops for campus departments and student organizations upon request. 

Specifically, for graduate students, OSE will continue its Grad Café Series and Grad Student Book Club this fall, in addition to other activities and events to be promoted in The Grad, the University’s e-newsletter for graduate students sent bi-weekly on Thursdays (Weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) during the academic year. Graduate students can follow @uofdenvergrad on Instagram to learn about other graduate student activities and events. 

The Cultural Center's offerings for the fall quarter will include Quarantine Cravings, an Instagram Live cooking show; Monday Moves with Matthew, a dance tutorial program on Instagram; an in-person Yoga for Women of Color Series; and more. The Cultural Center will continue to support the University’s identity-based student groups through community check-ins and other community-building activities and events. 

The University’s Health Promotion (HP) staff, joined by their student Peer Educators, will offer various workshops and events this fall quarter that educate and empower students to @thriveatdu (follow HP on Instagram). These opportunities will focus on several different themes ranging from alcohol and other drugs (AOD) and gender violence (GV) prevention and education to mental and sexual health promotion. HP’s fall programming will take place primarily virtually, including active virtual programming, social media campaigns, and passive in-person information. Examples include Red Zone Awareness Campaign, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Sexual Health Trivia and Resources, National Collegiate Alcohol Awareness Week, End of Quarter Stress Relief Events, and more. 

For more information about these and other student activities and events this fall quarter, visit CrimsonConnect or contact

Pre-Orientation Programs 

Pre-Orientation programs for Access and Transitions, the Cultural Center, the Learning Effectiveness Program, and Veterans will occur virtually prior to Discoveries Orientation Week. Any students involved in these programs will learn information directly from the coordinators in each area. 

Discoveries Orientation and After Dark 

Family Discoveries Orientation will be a virtual program throughout the month of August, consisting of live-streamed sessions to learn about the 4 Dimensional (4D) Student Experience and to attend subsequent sessions to learn more about intellectual growth, well-being, character exploration, and career and professional development. Families will also meet academic leadership through a Provost and Deans’ Panel and sessions to learn about campus support services in Student Affairs and Inclusive Excellence, Campus Safety, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Title IX. 

The first part of Discoveries Orientation for students begins with a virtual program over the summer and the second part will consist of hybrid, virtual and in-person sessions throughout Move-In & Discoveries Week, September 7 through September 12, 2020. The remote delivery summer orientation consists of three EverFi trainings on sexual assault prevention; alcohol and other drug education; and diversity, equity, and inclusion education. Students will also complete a Discoveries Online Canvas course that will help them to understand what to expect at DU in terms of academics, to learn the supports and services available on campus, and to engage them in strategies for University success, so that they feel confident and ready to start the term. Discoveries Week activities begin on the afternoon of Wednesday, September 9. These activities will take place in a combination of virtual and in-person events. Typically, large events will be delivered virtually including college receptions, New Student Convocation, and resource as well as involvement fairs, and in-person events will be limited to small groups. These activities allow students to meet professors and current students; to learn more about their intended majors or minors; and to explore resources to support their intellectual growth, well-being, character exploration, and career services. Students have an opportunity to explore the DU campus and develop connections in their new community. 

Residential Community Programming

The Residential Education Team is working with campus partners to provide a combination of in-person and virtual engagement opportunities for students in our on campus and off campus residential communities focused through the lens of the 4D student experience: character exploration, career & professional development, intellectual growth, and holistic well-being. These programs help our students build community, find connections, and learn about the resources available to support them in meeting their goals. RAs will also promote informational and social programs through Raftr to residents throughout the quarter. 

Residential students will meet their Resident Assistant (RA) upon moving into their residential community and during their first virtual floor meeting which will take place Wednesday, September 9 for first-year students and Sunday, September 13 for 2nd, 3rd, 4th year, and graduate students. There will also be nightly check-ins for students who have moved in to discuss responsibilities and expectations related to keeping the community safe and healthy during COVID-19. 

Open Spaces & Gatherings

DU’s beautiful campus grounds provide an alternative location for individuals between classes and meetings. New large umbrellas have been installed at Anderson Academic Commons. Additional outside locations are being established across campus in order to increase spaces for students and visitors to utilize informally. These will utilize existing building promenades, canopies, and coverings and will provide movable chairs that can be reorganized but kept in the identified areas. A map of these areas will be distributed once approved by senior leadership. Student campus events will still utilize the event request process and requires approval prior to holding any outside event. 

Gatherings both informal and formal on campus are to comply with the social distancing guidelines as previously described. This is including hallways and circulation spaces in buildings throughout the day and during class changing periods. Individuals are to note the posted maximum capacities of spaces and look for alternative locations if occupied.