From: The GRAD
Date: March 30
Subject: The GRAD Week 1

Week 1 | Spring 2023

Next Week! Graduate Student Appreciation Week!

April 2nd-8th

We are joining in the national celebration of Graduate Student Appreciation Week (GSAW) during the second week of the Spring Quarter! This will be a week of free events, giveaways, professional development, and so much more! Stay tuned to the @uofdenvergrad Instagram account and Crimson Connect for ongoing announcements! Some events require registration!

13th Annual Inclusive Excellence Case Competition

| Daniels College of Business All DU undergraduate and graduate students are invited to apply to participate in the 13th Annual Inclusive Excellence Case Competition on April 28, 2023. This competition is a chance for you to develop your critical thinking, practical business, communication, and presentation skills while working within a diverse team. We are proud to partner with Breakthru Beverage to deliver this year’s case, which tackles organizational challenges and opportunities surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion in the beverage industry. Thanks to our generous sponsor, Deloitte LLP, teams will have the chance to compete for a total of $10,000 in prize money. $5,000, $3,000, and $2,000 will be given to the first, second, and third-place teams, respectively. Apply here 

Choose Your Own ADDventure Conference with comedian Phil Hanley

Saturday, April 22 (9 AM - 3 PM) | KRH 12th Annual "Choose Your Own ADDventure" Conference Since 2009, LEP has partnered with other DU departments as well as community resources to host "Choose Your Own ADDventure" for LD/ADHD families and professionals. It's a FREE, all-day conference that explores and increases the understanding of the many nuances of ADHD and Learning Disabilities. Saturday, April 22, 2023 9am - 3pm COST: FREE Location: Katherine A. Ruffatto Hall About Phil Hanley: Originally from Vancouver, Phil Hanley is a stand-up, actor, and writer with Dyslexia, who's a regular at NYC’s renowned Comedy Cellar. He has performed stand-up on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show on Comedy Central. More info

DU Community Event: Tipping the Pain Scale

Tuesday, April 11th (3:30-6pm) | Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall Addiction isn't a choice. Compassion is. Please join the Collegiate Recovery Program and the Pre-health Education and Advising department for a DU Community Event: Tipping the Pain Scale April 11th, 2023, Davis Auditorium, Sturm Hall. Reception at 3:30pm, Film Screening at 4pm, Q&A at 5:30pm The addiction crisis in America has reached a new boiling point, and courageous people – at all levels, from all walks of life – are rising to answer the call. Tipping the Pain Scale is a feature documentary film following individuals grappling with the current systemic failures of how we have dealt with addiction in communities and their journey to develop and employ new, innovative, and often controversial solutions to the problem in an urgent fight to save lives. More info register here

Internationalization Summit Registration Reminder

April 14 |  Reminder that registration for the 2023 International Summit, happening April 14, is now open! This year, we will be discussing Global Challenges and (In)Action: Examining the Role of Internationalization in Higher Education. The keynote speaker will be Dawn Michele Whitehead, the Vice President Office of Global Citizenship for Campus, Community and Careers at the American Association of Colleges and Universities. Don't forget to register for the pre-events, which start on April 12. For more information and to see the full agenda of events here

March 22 – April 21 | Ramadan

For Muslims, the month of Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, prayer, and introspection. Fasting is one of the five main pillars of Islam and is the practice of self-restraint. During this holy month, Muslims observe Ramadan fast from sunrise to sunset and break their daily fast with family and prayer during the shared meal of iftar. The final ten days of Ramadan leading up to Eid al-Fitr, the celebration of the end of Ramadan, are especially holy. To all Muslims observing the holiday this month, Ramadan Mubarak, and may this Ramadan be filled with forgiveness and faithful intention.

 International Transgender Day of Visibility

Every year on March 31, DU honors International Transgender Day of Visibility. This is a time to celebrate transgender and non-binary people around the globe and in our community and acknowledge the courage it takes to live openly and authentically. This is a day of learning, and we encourage all to take this day to learn more about the lives and experiences of transgender and non-binary individuals

Climate Crisis and Comedy Crisis with Nicole Seymour

Thursday, April 20 (5-7 p.m.) | Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall 281 Harper Distinguished Speaker Series: Climate Crisis and Comedy Crisis with Nicole Seymour Thursday, April 20 Reception: 5 p.m. Program: 5:30-7 p.m. Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall 281 Virtually on Zoom Environmental art and activism in the Global North have long been known for employing modes such as “doom and gloom,” sanctimony, and sentimentality—modes which can overwhelm and alienate audiences. Nicole Seymour tells us a different story. Her lecture will begin by drawing on her book Bad Environmentalism to outline a neglected tradition of alternative art and activism: one that employs comedic modes such as irony, irreverence, and campiness to reflect critically on both our current moment of crisis and on mainstream environmentalism itself—including its whiteness and straightness. However, as she will describe in the second part of her talk, some cultural critics have since declared that comedic modes are in crisis. For instance, the satirical climate-fiction author Karl Taro Greenfeld has worried that the heightened absurdities of life in the 21st-century will quickly eclipse his writing. Meanwhile, a new online generation of white supremacists have been embracing comedic modes historically associated with the progressive Left. Where can comedy go from here? More specifically, what’s the future of bad environmentalism and other alternative approaches to environmental crisis? Seymour will conclude her lecture with a few predictions and possibilities. Nicole Seymour works at the intersection of environmental studies and queer studies, with a particular focus on the role of aesthetics and affects. She is the author of Strange Natures: Futurity, Empathy, and the Queer Ecological Imagination(University of Illinois Press, 2013), which won the 2015 Book Award for Ecocriticism from the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, and Bad Environmentalism: Irony and Irreverence in the Ecological Age (University of Minnesota Press, 2018), which was included in the Chicago Review of Books’ list of the “Best Nature Writing of 2018.” Her newest book, Glitter (Bloomsbury’s Object Lessons series, 2022), offers an environmental-cultural history of a substance often dismissed as frivolous. Dr. Seymour recently held fellowships at the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society in Munich and the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently Associate Professor of English and Graduate Advisor for Environmental Studies at California State University, Fullerton. More Info

National Student Employment Week

April 10 - 14 | Various Join the Office of Student Employment in celebrating our student employees and supervisors this National Student Employment Week, held between April 10th and 14th! We'll have tabling, specialty drinks at Beans, Program & Event Planning training, and free gifts at Innovation Labs. More info

War in Arts, Films and Digital Media: The Concept of War & Its Artistic Depiction from Ancient Arts to Films & Extremist Media

Wednesday, April 19 (4-6 p.m.) | Sie FilmCenter - H2 - Maglione Join Italian filmmaker, Antonio Falduto, MFJS Assistant Professor Kareem El Damanhoury and Associate Professor of Art History Scott Montgomery for a presentation on war in the arts, film and digital media. Clips from relevant films will be shared. More info

 Inclusion & Equity Education FREE Open Trainings Schedule announced for Spring 2023

| Virtual & In-Person Inclusion & Equity Education (IEE) has posted our schedule for open trainings for Spring 2023. We are offering a variety of in person and virtual sessions for flexibility. The first session is Microaggression Intervention on Tuesday, April 4th at 2 pm. Students can register on CrimsonConnect by scanning the QR code and joining the IEE group to access the full list of training ( Or they can search for the word "Inclusion" and it will tag all our events ( Staff/faculty can also register via Qualtrics here. Since IEE is entirely student-facing, we are not directly marketing to staff/faculty, but you are welcome to attend. If there’s anyone else you know who might be interested in joining any of the sessions, you can share the Qualtrics link with them. You can also share the Qualtrics link with graduate students since they tend not to use CrimsonConnect as much as undergrads. Can you help me get the word out to students through your networks? This would also be a great opportunity for any student staff to get some DEI training. More info


Spark 2023: Speech Protection in Academia: Reflection and Knowledge

April 5 | Have you registered to attend SPARK 2023 on April 5 yet? The day is packed with valuable events promoting civil discourse, including an expert panel made up of students, faculty, and staff. You’ll hear from our chancellor himself and get a peek into Du’s Prison Arts Initiative before attending an evening reception thanking the many individuals championing the work of free expression and civil discourse on campus. Find out more at Register for the event here. Read the Chancellor's invitation email here

Wear Teal Day for SAAM

Tuesday, April 4th (11:00 AM - 3:00 PM) | First Floor of the Community Commons Come to campus wearing teal on this national day of observance! Together, we can help raise awareness around sexual assault and show community support to survivors. Don't have teal? Come visit our table on the first floor of the Community Commons between 11am and 3pm to pick up a teal ribbon and paint your nails teal in honor of the day! More info

Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Events

All across campus
 is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and we invite students to participate in the various events planned around campus! Through these events, we can raise collective awareness, promote prevention education, and take a collective stance against violence. More info

Scrivner Policy Roundtable with Colorado Lab

Tuesday April 11, 9-11 am (MDT) | Maglione Hall, Sié Complex Join the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies for the next Scrivner Policy Roundtable, an event series with the aim of building a network and collaborative research and learning environment among local policy organizations. Each roundtable will feature a presentation by a roundtable member on a specific element of their policy work, followed by a facilitated, robust discussion on the policy issue at hand. This roundtable will be presented by the Colorado Evaluation and Action Lab and will focus on actionable research to guide policy decisions. The presentation and discussion will be especially valuable to those working in research-oriented positions and projects. Despite a common value of using data to drive policy change, there is a known gap in making research evidence timely, relevant, and useful for decision-makers. Traditional ways of approaching rigor and research translation are falling short. The Colorado Lab will present on lessons learned from health, early childhood, and justice to illustrate actionable ways that researchers and evaluators can better align their evidence-building approaches with the needs and goals of policy decision-makers. In this session, we invite you to join a community dialogue to identify concrete methods to bridge the research to policy divide as we work together to improve the lives of Coloradans. More Info

National Geographic Live with Zoltan Takacs

Thurs, April 27 (7:30pm-9:15pm) | Newman Center for the Performing Arts Biomedical scientist Zoltan Takacs presents on the Earth's deadliest venoms as a source of lifesaving medicines with millions of venoms yet to be explored. More info

Are You Looking for a Mentor?

The DU Career Network is a network of DU alumni, faculty, and staff who have opted into being a member of DU students' constellation of mentors. They are available to answer your questions in topics ranging from major/career exploration, job/internship search, networking/informational interviews, career transition, work challenges, and other topics. Students can create their free account to start meeting with DU-affiliated mentors through the DU Career Network here.

Announcing 2 Internship Opportunities in DU Advancement

DU Advancement is hosting two CASE Advancement Interns in 2023. One role will be dedicated to supporting alumni engagement and regional advancement efforts while the other role will be focused on supporting parent and family giving development efforts. Both opportunities will serve as active and collaborative partners to all central and unit-based advancement functions and campus colleagues to foster strategic, effective, and collaborative fundraising practices, contribute to team success, and model “One DU” leadership. The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Advancement Internship is a summer in-person internship (June 5 – July 28, 2023), in which advancement interns work a designated amount of hours per week, within areas of a DU’s Advancement office. Interns receive on-the-job training and gain valuable skills in the professional areas of advancement, including fundraising, alumni relations, advancement services, and communications and marketing. Interns participate in a variety of virtual networking and professional development opportunities provided by CASE to expand their knowledge of advancement while they explore the profession including: • Weekly e-curriculum of online seminars and assignments • Virtual networking events • Zoom meetings with CASE members in field of interest • A DU Advancement supervisor to guide their work • A DU Advancement mentor to guide their exploration of a career in advancement • A select CASE book • A year-long CASE membership Learn more about the program on the CASE website and apply by emailing your resume and cover letter to More info

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