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Letter to Accepted DU Students

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Welcome Future Pioneer! 

Congratulations on your acceptance to the University of Denver! We hope you decide to join our incoming class of 2023.  As you begin this exciting journey, I want to encourage you to participate in one of the University’s Living and Learning Communities (LLCs). Our LLCs will empower you to make the most of your first year here at DU through a program than combines academics, residential life, guest speakers, team-building activities, and community engagement.

I believe you would be an excellent fit for the Innovation and Entrepreneurship LLC (IELLC). By participating in the IELLC, you will join 29 other students living together on the same floor in Centennial Halls. On this floor you will feel an immediate sense of community, as you will be living with peers who share your same curiosity and passion for innovation, startups, and tackling social problems. Together, your group of 30 will take a two-credit course each quarter of your first year, diving deeper into these important themes and topics. Areas of focus will include design thinking (brainstorming, prototyping, testing, iterating), business skills (pitching, planning, testing, presenting, marketing), team-building/work, cases studies of traditional business and social enterprises, and significant self-strength/awareness and growth through exercises, readings, inventories, and reflection. Learning will be facilitated by a combination of reading, reflection, presenting, interviewing, guest lectures, field trips, and project implementation.

You will not only learn together in the classroom, but will have the opportunity to participate in co-curricular programming unique to your LLC as well. As your IELLC Faculty Director, I have already begun planning some exciting programming for the year ahead. Our program will begin with a IELLC Fall Retreat in Larkspur, CO. During this two-day retreat we will build on the special bond within our community and enjoy a relaxing time in the mountains. You will also participate in regular IELLC programming, including a field trip to visit Sazza, an organic food restaurant focused on promoting environmental sustainability, and a trip to South Pearl Street to visit socially conscious businesses.

The IELLC is an outstanding opportunity to develop your passion and knowledge around the themes of creativity and (social) entrepreneurship. I encourage you to apply to the IELLC, or one of our four other Living and Learning Communities: Social Justice, Wellness, Environmental Sustainability, or International.

For additional information about any of the LLCs please email We look forward to seeing you on campus in the fall!

Sincerely, apply

Michael Caston
Faculty Director
Innovation and Entrepreneurship LLC