Another Reminder about the CLAS Strategic Plan and an Introduction to the TIPS
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Draft Strategic Plan has been posted on the CLAS website for an approval vote by all faculty and staff for several months. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I can’t stress enough how critical it is for everyone to review the plan and vote. This plan represents the hard work of so many people within the college: individuals devoting their talents, committees coming together, and folks giving up their time to make a better future for CLAS. The instructions might sound complicated, but I promise it’s three simple steps:
when you click on the link (you will need to be on the university network or VPN) you will be asked to sign-in with your university credentials
you can download a pdf (click on the blue box indicated) to review the plan in its entirety
once you are ready to vote simply scroll to the bottom of the page and click either the “approve” or “disapprove” option
If you have reservations about the plan that lead you to vote to disapprove please feel free to reach out to Tracy Kohm, CLAS Marketing and Communication, and let your concerns be known. This isn’t required, and you are certainly free to vote anonymously and keep your decision private, but I want to know about any dissatisfaction with the goals as we’ve outlined them. I feel strongly that this plan represents a path forward for CLAS that will serve all of our faculty, staff and students well – but if you disagree I want to hear why.
Please vote right now – click the link and vote before you do anything else today.
And now for something completely different: over the summer leadership merged several units (academic technology from OIT, CETL, ODE staff) into the Division for Teaching Innovation and Program Strategy. This change was made as part of a roll out infrastructure to support the recommendations of the digital strategy task force and our hybrid campus model. The TIPS website is now live and includes a range of resources for faculty and staff that support teaching and learning efforts:
A sign-up for one-on-one consultations on academic technology, instructional design, and general teaching support
A shared calendar with registration links for TIPS Division workshops and trainings
Information on program and course development resources, market intelligence services, and microcredential efforts
Information about upcoming Open Educational Resource (OER) cross-campus efforts
Resources on teaching and learning such as checklists and getting started guides
Information on each of the teams that comprise the TIPS Division
If you have questions about TIPS please reach out to Katie Linder, Associate Vice Chancellor for Digital Strategy and Learning.
Assistant Professor in Political Science James Walsh says there were about 3,000 Irish-born people in the town of Leadville at any one time during the silver rush. Walsh, who has spent 20 years researching Irish history in Leadville and is publishing a book next year, says life for those who came was harsh, with the Irish at the bottom of the social ladder.
We are really excited to launch the college’s Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan. As part of university-wide discussions about equity, last spring the administration asked CLAS units to develop strategic plans for DEI, due Fall 2022. Instead of requiring CLAS units to create their own individual plans from the ground up, the CLAS Dean and chairs charged a summer working group to develop a college-wide plan to provide a framework with which departments/units could work. The summer working group included Mike Green (Integrative Biology), Michelle Comstock (English), Edelina Burciaga (Sociology), Ivan Ramírez (Health and Behavioral Sciences), and Faye Caronan (Associate Dean for Faculty and Staff Affairs), and Marjorie Levine-Clark (Associate Dean for Diversity, Outreach, and Initiatives).
The IESP offers a guide for CLAS units to develop their own equity, diversity, and inclusion plans based on four overall strategic goals:
Strategic Goal 1. Create a climate to ensure that faculty,...
The Colorado Department of Higher Education (CDHE) is sponsoring seats (covering the costs) for the Creative Commons Certificate. This opportunity is for faculty, librarians, instructional designers, or staff members who may benefit from this training. The Certificate program offers in-depth courses about CC licenses, open practices, and the ethos of the Commons. Courses are composed of readings, quizzes, discussions, and practical exercises to develop learners’ open skills. The courses provide personalized engagement with expert facilitators and copyright lawyers in the field and offer a 1:25 (max) ratio of facilitators to course participants. Current offerings include a CC Certificate for Open Culture/ GLAM, a CC Certificate for Academic Librarians, and a CC Certificate for Educators. Courses are open to everyone, from university stude and entry-level professionals to experts in the fields of library science, education, and cultural heritage. Those interested can submit an application (deadline is 11/15/22).
Assistant Professor of Integrative Biology Sara Branco (along with a team of scientists at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin) received funding from the Joint Genome Institute/Department of Energy to develop the project ‘Functional Roles of Secondary Metabolites in Ectomycorrhizal Fungi’. The study will be led by Lotus Lofgren of Duke University. This instrumentation grant ($165,000) will allow addressing important questions about the role of fungal secondary metabolites in the formation of plant-fungal mutualism, fungal competition, and whether and how symbioses act to overcome abiotic stress tolerance.
Marjorie Levine-Clark, Professor of History and Associate Dean for Diversity, Outreach, and Initiatives, recently published a four-volume collection of British primary sources on Work and Unemployment, 1834-1911 (New York: Routledge, 2022), with extensive editorial commentary. The volumes explore the interdependent meanings attached to work and unemployment, working-class men’s and women’s experiences of work and unemployment, and the attempts of a variety of groups and individuals to frame those experiences. Mechanization and the decline of old trades, the creation of single-industry cities and towns, the migration of agricultural laborers from the countryside to these cities and to London, the intensification of the sweated industries, and the displacement of the labour of adult men by the labour of women and adolescent boys all contributed to urgent conversations about the relationships between work and unemployment that are examined through primary sources.
Levine-Clark also published the chapter “’Fish and Chips as an Excellent Food’:...
The CU Denver campus is debuting an initiative requiring all students, faculty, and staff to display their campus ID badges when entering any CU Denver Building. The impetus for this pilot project has been a recent uptick in theft and unauthorized individuals entering campus buildings. There is no mandate about how you display your badge –just that it be visible. Please do not punch holes through the badge itself, as it will damage your badge and could impede your access to campus resources. For more information about this safety initiative and to keep updated with the larger project, refer to the project web page, accessed on the Facilities Management website.
Greg Bourke and his husband, Michael DeLeon, have been partnered 40 years, and were legally married in 2004 in Ontario Canada. They have two adopted adult children, Isaiah (age 24) and Bryson (age 23). Greg and Michael were the named plaintiffs in the Kentucky Marriage Equality lawsuit (Bourke vs. Beshear) that was merged with Obergefell vs. Hodges at the US Supreme Court and resulted in nationwide Marriage Equality in June 2015.
Bourke retired from Humana in June 2018 after a 24-year career in Data Analytics with Humana Military Healthcare. Bourke was a founding member of the Humana PRIDE LGBT Network Resource Group which led Humana to perfect 100 scores on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index for the five years before his retirement. He is currently employed as Health Economist for Anthem Blue...
This two-day interactive gathering will explore the University of Colorado Denver’s histories of displacement and removal of Indigenous and Hispanic/Latinx communities. The event will provide a space where participants can engage with the campus’ past and present and strengthen ongoing efforts to construct mechanisms to acknowledge, confront, and commemorate the forced relocations of communities of color that allowed for the existence of the Auraria Campus. While the event will be held in-person at St. Cajetan’s Church, options for virtual participation are available (and Spanish translation services will be a part of the zoom option). The hope is that this event will ensure the continued sharing of Denver, Auraria, and campus histories and promote broader understanding of the impact of displacement and removal. The symposium will include academic panels, personal testimony, open discussions, walking tours, documentary film, and more.
The complete schedule, descriptions, and registration...
The Fall 2022 Family Day will kick-off with an opening brunch presented by leadership, followed by a range of activities including:
Leadership Workshop (which will count towards the LEAD certificate with Student Life if a student attends that session)
Learning Supports Session
Meet 'n' Greet with the Center for Identity and Inclusion
Tie Dye with our Peer Advocate Leaders
The day concludes with an Ice Cream Social at Lynx Connect, home to the Global Education, Experiential Learning Center, Career Center, and Undergraduate Research Office. This is the chance for students and families to learn more about these opportunities, view the space, and enjoy some ice cream.
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Lola and Rob Salazar Wellness Center Courtyard
Future Fest is an annual part of CU Denver’s welcome back festivities that invites faculty, staff, students, and the broader Lynx community to learn about the progress of CU Denver’s visionary 2030 strategic plan, hear from this year’s Lynx Lecturers, and come together.