New Student & Family Programs

Welcome to the University of Denver Community.

New Student and Family Programs (NSFP) is committed to the successful transition of new students and families into the University of Denver community.

We provide inclusive, holistic programming designed to help students succeed and meet their goals, and develop meaningful connections with students and families.

NSFP consists of staff members and student leaders who support students and families during the transition to higher education and we support connections through in-person events, social media, online resources, and newsletters.

Current Students: Apply to be a 2021 Discoveries Leader

Want to serve as a peer mentor to new students? Strengthen your leadership skills? Work alongside other student leaders? The office of New Student and Family Programs is looking for students to join their team as Discoveries Leaders for our Fall 2021 Discoveries Orientation!

To apply, you must be enrolled as a student at DU throughout the 2021-2022 school year and in good standing with the university. Additionally, you must be available for in-person training beginning the 1st of September, 2021. Application closes at 5pm on Monday May 31st, 2021.

Apply to be a Discoveries Leader


Looking for Ways to Donate and Help Students?

All students can benefit from the generous donations made by our community. You can help by giving to one of the funds below or by donating your time.

Student Assistance Fund
This fund provides limited financial assistance to currently enrolled University of Denver students who are unable to meet immediate, essential expenses because of temporary hardship related to an unexpected situation. Funds are awarded as a grant, and unlike a loan, do not need to be repaid.

The fund is designated to off-set a short-term financial need and is not intended to replace or supplement financial aid. Long term needs can be addressed by meeting with a SOS Case Manager to determine available options.  Funds received by students may count as income and may be subject to federal and/or state taxes.

The number of students who can be served by the fund is subject to available resources. The fund must be sustained by contributions from alumni, parents, faculty, staff and friends of the University.

To donate to the fund:

  • Visit
  • Click on "Give Now" button in the upper right hand corner
  • Under designations, select "Click Here for More Options"
  • Under current initiatives, select "Student Emergency Fund" or type "Student Emergency Fund" into the search bar
  • Make a donation of any amount to support the Fund

Food Pantry
The food pantry is free and open to anyone with a DU ID number – undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and full- or part-time staff. National data suggests that nearly 40% of students will experience food insecurity during college, and our food pantry helps to ensure no one at DU goes hungry.

There is a box set up in the Community Commons for local families who wish to donate food, or visit our donation page if you would like to support our work financially:

The Gift of Time
When we are able to gather for events, we will reach out to our generous volunteers. Share your info with us and we'll reach out for volunteering at our various events on campus.

Our Team

Liz Spooner
Graduate Fellow, New Student Programs
Sharon Bond
Director, New Student & Family Programs
Beth Goad
Assistant Director, Family Programs
Kelly Bitner
Assistant Director, New Student Programs


New Student & Family Programs

Community Commons Suite 3200 2055 E Evans Avenue
Denver, Colo, 80210