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Campus Life & Inclusive Excellence

Health & Counseling Center

Health Promotion


The Department of Health Promotion strives to embody the University's values of Excellence, Innovation, Engagement, Integrity, and Inclusiveness in the following ways:


  • We strive to adhere to best practices in our work by:
    • Using evidence-based practices;
    • Using theory-based practices;
    • Benchmarking with colleagues and peer institutions;
    • Developing and adhering to SMART goals & objectives;
    • Evaluating our work for process, impact, and outcomes; and
    • Developing and implementing a departmental strategic plan.
  • We maintain and improve the quality of our work by:
    • Using evaluation and assessment tools;
    • Documenting and regularly reviewing existing processes; and
    • Developing and using program activity trackers.


  • We are not afraid to try new things, even if we may fail.
  • We proactively share our knowledge and skills with our colleagues across DU and other institutions.
  • We eagerly learn from our colleagues across DU and other institutions.
  • We commit to regular professional development in order to challenge and better ourselves.


  • We proactively engage students, faculty, and staff in our work through:
    • Volunteer, employment, and training opportunities;
    • Meaningful partnerships with student organizations and student-serving offices;
    • Involving students and student-serving offices in needs assessment, program development, and program evaluation activities; and
    • Creating outreach opportunities to listen and learn from students, faculty, and staff.


  • We hold ourselves accountable to our standards through:
    • Evaluation;
    • Engaging in open and brave conversations; and
    • Regular reflection.
  • We challenge ourselves to be aware of our personal biases and how they may affect our work.
  • We use our financial, space, time, and people power resources responsibly.
  • We embrace transparency by:
    • Sharing publicly our departmental goals and roles;
    • Sharing publicly our data, successes, and challenges; and
    • Engaging in open and brave conversations.


  • We listen to and learn from our students and partners instead of relying on assumptions.
  • We proactively seek out a variety of community voices and perspectives to inform our work.
  • We work alongside students and involve students in our work.
  • We educate ourselves on the needs of historically marginalized and high-risk subpopulations by:
    • Engaging with students who identify with these subpopulations;
    • Collecting data to better understand their needs; and
    • Partnering with offices serving these subpopulations.
  • We ensure that our programs, services, and materials:
    • Avoid exclusionary language and characteristics;
    • Are inclusive and accessible to as many students as possible; and
    • Are tailored to the needs and preferences of specific subpopulations.
  • We advocate for our students by:
    • Listening to, encouraging, and empowering our students;
    • Standing up for student rights and needs;
    • Collaborating with student-serving offices to better support health, wellness, and success; and
    • Reviewing and revising current processes and structures to ensure they are inclusive of all experiences.