Informing Students About the Importance of Vaccines and An Update on Commencement
As we head into spring break next week, and then transition back into all remote learning for the rest of the semester, we hope for a very different type of experience in the fall. Presently, all we need to do is look to the state of Michigan to see what the stakes are for moving forward with a healthy campus and community. With that in mind, I want to make sure we are doing our part to keep our students informed about the importance of getting vaccinated.
The university announced yesterday that family members of CU Denver students, faculty, and staff are now also eligible to be vaccinated at the Auraria Campus’ 5th Street Garage. Each CU Denver affiliate can define who constitutes a family member, so long as that person is at least 16 years old. This might help the student feel supported in going to get the vaccine, and will ultimately reduce possible exposure in our extended community. Affiliates and family members can make an appointment by clicking on the Auraria scheduling link to receive a vaccination. Vaccine appointments can be scheduled now, and the first clinic where family members are eligible was held today. Of course campus isn't the only option, and numerous mass-vaccination sites are now open in Colorado:
Please help encourage our students to get on as many lists as possible, and to get vaccinated as soon as they can.
In another important step towards a return to normalcy, I'm happy to report that campus leadership has approved the inclusion of two guests per graduate at the Cross the Quad celebrations that will be taking place in addition to our Virtual Graduation Ceremony in May. Instead of a traditional, seated ceremony, graduates will cross the stage in front of the Tivoli, names will be announced, diploma covers will be presented, and professional photographers will be there to capture the moment. The email communication went out to the graduates this week, and if you all could please help spread the word to your graduates I would appreciate it. Registration will close on April 20, so hopefully this announcement helps any graduate who was on the fence about participating make their decision and register with plenty of time. And keep an eye out fo a call for volunteers soon, we will need help from all corners of our community to make this in person event a success for our grads and their loved ones.
If we can keep our eyes on the prize we can look forward to a future with more in-person events, and a return to a more in-person experience for our students and for all of us.
Paper Trails: The US Post and the Making of the American West, a new book from History Associate Professor CTT Cameron Blevins, was published April 1st. In this cutting-edge interpretation of the late nineteenth-century United States, Cameron Blevins argues that the US Post wove together two of the era's defining projects: western expansion and the growth of state power.
Scholars and activists across the US are now seeking to recognize and redress the deep history of violence against Black bodies. Museums and society are finally confronting how the desires of science have at times eclipsed the demands of human rights, writes co-author Chip Colwell, Associate Research Professor of Anthropology.
Amy Hasinoff, Associate Professor of Communication, recently co-authored a study on image-based abuse, and said in a recent interview, "Just because someone consented to send a photo doesn't mean the receiver has consent to distribute it. That's a completely separate act."
CU Denver faculty, staff and students are invited to CU’s 2021 Cannabis and Psychedelic Symposium Saturday April 17, via Zoom. Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropology Marty Otañez, the opening plenary speaker, will present “Transformative Cannabis: Exploring Ways to Unite Cannabis Consumers, Weed Workers and Multi-State Operators.” The virtual symposium is free and open to the public.
In addition, Otañez and Aaraón Díaz Mendiburo (of the National Autonomous University of Mexico) are organizing the free virtual colloquium “Cannabis Counter-Narratives: The Role of Arts-Based and Visual Research in Addressing Stigma,” April 27-29. Register or view the event flyer. Review the event program at this link. English-Spanish translations for the event will be provided by the CLAS Dean’s office and CU Denver Office of Research Services.
Murphy F. Robinson, III (MA '15 in Political Science, New Directions Program), was recently named to the Denver Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 List for 2021. Robinson is the Executive Director of the Department of Public Safety and the Deputy Mayor for the City and County of Denver. He is a member of Mayor Michael B. Hancock’s cabinet and previously served as the city's Chief Operating Officer (COO).
RaCAS is CU Denver's annual celebration of research and creative scholarship, featuring the works of undergraduate and graduate students across a variety of disciplines. This year, students will be presenting their projects via the online platform Symposium as posters, oral presentations, and exhibits. Judging will take place April 28th-April 30th, and we are seeking volunteers to review asynchronous project materials (April 28th-30th, at your leisure) and 'live' student presentations (April 30th, 10am-3pm, 1-hr sessions).
If you are interested in signing up, please visit the RaCAS website and click the "Register to Judge" button. You will be prompted to create an account in the Symposium application before you are able to access the judge registration form. For more information email the Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org
CU Denver is currently seeking volunteers to support equity vaccine clinic as part of the Vaccines for All plan, which aims to ensure that every person in Colorado has access to the vaccine no matter who they are or where they live. Auraria Campus has been working with City Council representatives to reach out to neighborhoods surrounding campus to provide vaccine access to BIPOC and Latinx community members.
The clinic will be held from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Auraria Campus 5th Street Parking Garage (located at 650 Walnut Street) on:
•Saturday, April 17, Sunday April 18 •Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16
Shifts will be about 4 hours and you can sign up for one or more. We welcome all volunteers, especially those who are bilingual in English & Spanish to help provide an excellent clinic experience to our neighbors.
The Course Format Guide has been updated and the Center for Excellence in Teaching & Learning encourages all faculty and staff to make sure they understand the updates. This information is for everyone at the university as we plan for future semesters. Please don't hesitate to reach out to CETL if you have any questions about the Course Format Guide or any other teaching and/or learning questions.
The Office of Research and Creative Activities will be providing budget justification guidance, focused on writing these with sufficient detail and flexibility. With recent changes in requirements by both NSF and NIH, SciENcv will be a great resource. Additionally, this training will review the tools and resources available to help with managing award funds and provide some updated guidance on compliance when using sponsored project monies. You can find video from a recent training on “Managing Your Biosketch with ORCID and SciENcv” here.
The Faculty Council LGBTQ+ Committee, in collaboration with the council’s CREE (Committee on Racial and Ethnic Equity) and Women’s committees, are hosting a virtual screening of acclaimed documentary “Coded Bias.” This event features a 6:00 pm. screening of the film via a virtual watch page followed by a 7:30 pm panel discussion and Q&A via Zoom. Panelists are:
Shalini Kantayya, filmmaker
Debbie Carter, M.D., associate professor, Department of Psychiatry, CU Anschutz
Kandrea Wade, Ph.D. student, Information Science, CU Boulder
Morgan Klaus Scheuerman, Ph.D. student, Information Science, CU Boulder
“Coded Bias” explores the fallout of MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini´s startling discovery that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces and women accurately, and her journey to push for the first legislation in the U.S. to govern against bias in the algorithms that affect everyone.
Everyone is invited to come, listen, and, if you would like, share your poetry, short/flash fiction, or memoir writing. This will be the last Open mic event of the academic year, so please do come if you can and partake in the warmth, creativity, and supportive environment that have defined these events. Whether you want to share your own work as a participant or listen to others as an audience member, please register for the event.
You are invited to a panel focused on the history of the Auraria campus. The event features displaced Aurarians and community activists telling their stories followed by a discussion with community members, student leaders, and Auraria faculty and staff on how to use the campus’s history to plan for the future. The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State University, and the Community College of Denver will be putting on this event in celebration of Cinco de Mayo. It will feature CU Denver's own Public History MA students as discussion leaders.
Here is the list of panelists:
1. Jamie Torres: Councilwoman, District 3, utilized displaced Aurarian scholarship.
2. Ean Thomas Tafoya: Metro State grad, local affairs activist, ran for city council, and Historic Denver board member.
3. Virginia Castro: Auraria Historical Advocacy Council member and community activist. She has been actively involved shaping...
All CU Denver alumni, Spring 2021 graduates, faculty, staff, family, and friends are invited to the 2021 Virtual Alumni Awards Celebration as we recognize five outstanding alumni who have made a difference for CU Denver and our communities.
Charlie Ferguson ’85, MS ’87, PhD (CLAS) | Mack Easton Distinguished Alumni Award
Keri Ungemah MS ’02 (BUS) | Alumni Award for Excellence
Joe Rice MPA ’06 (SPA) | Alumni Partner Appreciation Award
Todd Cordrey MPA ’10 (SPA) | Alumni Advocacy Award
Monica C Cutler MPA ’18 (SPA) | Recent Alumni Award