From: The GRAD
Date: February 2
Subject: The GRAD Newsletter | Week 5

Week 5 | Winter 2023

Heritage, Awareness and Inclusion: Black History Month

Black History Month is a dedicated time to recognize the contributions of Black peoples to the world. But it is also a time to reflect on the historical and contemporary injustices perpetrated against an entire race and imagine a world that should be different. Black and African American communities continue to struggle in the grips of unjust criminal justice and education systems that continue to diminish the lives and opportunities of their people. These are systems that require reimagining and rebuilding, and we all share in that work. As an institution dedicated to serving the public good, DU recognizes that our pathway to excellence in science, arts, business, government and human services has depended, and will continue to depend, on the contributions of our Black and African American peers. For more information on Black Community Initiatives here at DU, please visit

We Need Your Help to Catch the Phish!

You might be familiar with the term phishing, the fraudulent practice of sending email messages pretending to be from reputable sources and often tricking individuals into revealing personal information, such as passwords or credit card numbers. Unfortunately, once scammers have your passwords or other personal information, these security breaches can cause significant financial costs to you and the entire organization. Over the next few weeks, with the help of some very special phish and our partners in the Division of Marketing & Communications, we will run a game to help you learn how to avoid these dangerous phish by catching and reporting them so they can be eliminated. You’ll learn real-world cybersecurity protection skills and have a chance to win prizes. Let’s start the game by testing your knowledge of basic cybersecurity and phishing. Please take this quick, six-question online quiz. The quiz should take you less than four minutes to complete and is important for us to get a baseline on your basic knowledge. Those who take the quiz will receive hints before the start of the first challenge! You can keep up with the campus phish sightings on all of DU’s social media channels: LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Thank you, DU community! With your help and participation, together we will have the knowledge to combat our phishing invasion. If you have any questions about our upcoming Catch the Phish campaign, please email Happy phishing!

Save the Date for HerDU!

March 7 and 8 | Location TBA

This year, the Women’s Coalition along with DEI will be hosting our 28th annual HerDU conference. The conference will be in-person with live stream and recording options available. In February we will publish our schedule of speakers, panelists, etc. Make sure to continue to check our website as we approach March:

Women’s Coalition Annual Awards Nominations Open

Every year at HerDU, the Women’s Coalition recognizes staff, faculty, students, and alumni who have gone to exceptional lengths to promote and support an empowering environment for women at DU. Please consider submitting a nomination for these annual honors here: (

Internationalization Summit: Save the Date and Call for Proposals

Friday, April 14, 2023

We invite members of DU and the front range regional academic community (faculty, staff and students) to submit session proposals and attend this year’s Internationalization Summit. This event provides the university community, regional university colleagues and international partners with a forum to exchange ideas, experiences and strategies while considering the impact of internationalization of higher education in addressing or perpetuating global challenges. How do we move toward solving the challenges of poverty, hunger, clean energy, migrations, environmental sustainability and regeneration, economic prosperity, peace, and a host of inequalities? Sessions will highlight action on the local-global continuum as well as everyday work in the university – teaching, research, learning, and working with students and community – that contribute to the internationalization of higher education and intersect with global challenges. Proposals can come from diverse philosophies and perspectives including research-based, theoretical, dialogic, collaborative, practical/applied, experiential, and action-oriented. The priority deadline to submit is Friday February 24, 2023, though we will accept later submissions on a rolling basis. Submit your proposal here:

DU Food Pantry Satellite Location Now Open

Craig Hall - Student Kitchen 

The DU Food Pantry has collaborated with the Graduate Student Association within the Graduate School of Social Work to open a satellite location. The pantry is located in the student kitchen within Craig Hall (directional signs are posted) and the building is accessible to all DU students with ID card access M-F 7am-8pm and Saturday 7am-4pm. Stop by to get dry goods or fresh produce! To learn more about the DU Food Pantry, visit their webpage:

Student Employees Achieve Series


Coaching Your Peers: Asking Powerful Questions (Student Employees Achieve Series)

Thursday, Feb. 9 (4:00 PM - 5:00 PM) | Zoom -

Join the Office of Student Employment and Academic Advising for an interactive training on coaching skills! You’ll learn how to help your peers, friends, and colleagues reach their goals through simple coaching techniques which include asking powerful questions that expands their thinking, helps make connections, and focuses a thought. This event will be held on Zoom on Thursday, Feb. 9th, from 4-5 pm MT. Please direct any questions to Register on Zoom at

Managing Up (Student Employees Achieve Series)

Tuesday, Feb. 21 (4:30 - 5:30 PM) | Zoom -

As a student employee, you’re not just being supervised by your boss—you can also play an active role in that relationship and advocate for yourself by managing up! In this training, you’ll learn strategies for managing your relationship with your supervisor. This training will take place Feb. 21 from 4:30 - 5:30 pm MT on Zoom. Please direct any questions to Register at

Graduate Student Workshops

Sturm Hall room 286 or zoom (registration required)

The College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences is excited to offer workshops for graduate students! In person encouraged, virtual option available (registration required). Refreshments will be served. Working With Your Dissertation Committee (and others): Dynamics, Discussion, and Discord February 21st Sturm Hall 286 1:00-2:00 pm Balancing Life: Stress and Graduate Students March 2nd Sturm Hall 286 2:00-3:00 pm

Register here:


Community Commons Events Team Drop-In Hours

Need help with your event or planning a future event? Come visit the Community Commons Events Team for a 15-20 minute consultation during their drop-in hours located in CCOM 1207:
  • Monday's from 9:45-11:45am with Ris
  • Tuesday's from 5:00-7:00pm with Jazzy
  • Wednesday's from 8:00-10:00am with Marina
  • Thursday's from 12:30-2:30pm with Eden
  • Friday's from 11:00am-1:00pm with Emma
You can always email with any questions. Responses can take up to 48 business hours.

Peer Career Advising Drop-ins at Beans Coffee

Wednesdays 10:00am - 1:45pm | Free Coffee & Career Advising at Beans Coffee!

Our Career Peer Advisors are fully equipped to serve you in person at the new Burwell center for Career Achievement, Beans Coffee Shop, and virtually! Peer Advisors can you help you Monday through Friday with:

  • Resume & Cover Letter Reviews
  • Quick Career Questions
  • Tips for Interviewing
  • Job & Internship Search Strategies
  • Upcoming Career & Professional Development events

Stop by the Burwell Center from 8am-4pm Monday through Friday or at Beans Coffee on Wednesdays from 10am-1:45pm! Looking to meet virtually with a peer advisor or your assigned career advisor on campus, schedule a meeting on PCO with this link!

Sharing Immigrant Experiences: How Have Immigration Journeys Shaped Our DU Community?

Wednesday, Feb. 8 (5:00 PM - 6:30 PM) | Sie Complex 1020 (The Forum)

Please join the Conflict Engagement and Resolution Initiative (CERI), the Center for Immigration Policy & Research (CIPR), and DU DialogUes for a facilitated table dialogue centered on exploring the different experiences around immigration that we have in the DU community. This event is open to all DU students and staff who want to learn and share in the conversation. This event will be hosted in Sie 1020 (the Forum) on February 8th at 5pm. Food will be provided, please rsvp using the link.


Grad Bible Study

Fridays Noon-1pm | ACC Room 121 or on Zoom

Join us for Bible study whether you're a believer or not. We also welcome international students. Let's dive into God's words through the inductive method and apply it in our student life. Contact Tom Balma at for more info.

Etiquette Dinner

Thursday, February 16 (6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) | Community Commons Grand Forum (1700)

Join Career & Professional Development for this annual opportunity to learn the basics of dining etiquette while enjoying a delicious 3-course meal. Gain tips for attending formal dinners and make connections from alumni table hosts and staff presenters.


Interested in Participating in DU Research?

Engineering and Computer Science Building Room 570

The Linseman Lab at the University of Denver’s Knoebel Institute for Healthy Aging would like to invite you to participate in a research study about the long-term brain health effects of COVID-19 and brain trauma. This study will significantly contribute to our current understanding of COVID-19 and could help doctors and researchers improve treatment for patients with long-term symptoms, especially those with a history of brain injury. We are seeking participants with and without history of COVID-19 and/or traumatic brain injury. Your participation would involve a brief consenting session and a yearly study visit during which you would complete an online questionnaire (60-90 min), a cognitive assessment (20-45 min), and a blood draw at the University of Denver (15 min).

If you are interested in participating in this study, please fill out the prescreening survey at the link below:

What is Closed Captioning, and How is it Different Than Other Captions or Subtitles?

Most of us have heard of closed captioning but might not understand what closed captioning entails. Closed captioning can be defined as a text representation of the meaningful audio content in a video, audio file or recording. One of the most important aspects of closed captioning is that it provides the ability to edit and correct errors in the text to improve accuracy and therefore, the usability of the captions. Closed captioning is denoted by the CC symbol, and the most common web captioning formats are .VTT and .SRT files. Open captions, by contrast, are burned permanently into the video, cannot be edited after creation, and cannot be turned off. Another major difference is that open captions often don’t include relevant content outside the spoken words. Not included are speaker identifications, indications of off-screen audio or information about music scores. Subtitles, on the other hand, can be in the same language as the speakers but are usually for internationally produced content for translation to different languages. Ultimately, DU’s goal is to create all public and academic videos with closed captions and be remediated by a real person to improve accuracy and readability. Auto-generated closed captions created by auto-speech recognition (ASR) technology are imperfect and need to be reviewed for readability and accuracy. Click here to watch an informative video on video captioning → Visit the DU accessibility website here →

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