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Events FAQ

Q: How can I receive information about upcoming events?
A:  Sign up for the SPA Institute email list​.​

Q: Is there a cost to attend the First Friday Breakfasts?
A: Admission to the First Friday Breakfasts is free, but space is limited.  These events are often sponsored by organizations or individuals with an interest in the topic and a desire to promote civil discourse.

Q: Where do I park for an event located at the Lawrence Street Center?
A:  Parking options include:
  • Denver Performing Arts Complex parking garage. Estimated walk time to the Lawrence Street Center is 2 minutes.
  • Limited metered street parking.
  • Parking is also available on the Auraria campus​.
Q: I am not able to attend an event.  Can I watch it online?
A: We live stream select events through Zoom video conferencing. If an event will be live streamed, a link to Zoom will be located in the invitation.  You may also email for more information on live streamed events.

Q: I wasn't able to attend an event. Are summaries or recordings of past events available?
A: Summaries of most events are available on the Views from the West blog. We began recording events in October 2015; if a recording is available, there will be a link to it in the blog post about the event.

Q: May I bring a guest with me to an event?
A: If the event is open to the public, anyone may attend.  For invitation-only events, please email to find out if space is available to bring a guest.

Q: Does SPA sponsor events with outside organizations?
A: Yes, however sponsorship is arranged on a case-by-case basis.  If you would like SPA to sponsor an event, please email
Q: Can we serve alcohol at an event at SPA?
A: The University’s alcohol policy is complicated, but the general rule is that alcohol is not permitted on university property.  It is also difficult to use university funds to purchase alcohol off campus.  The easiest way to have alcohol at your event is to hold the event off campus in a facility with a liquor license and to offer a cash bar.  Risk Management must sign off on events where alcohol will be served, cash bar or otherwise.  If you would like more information about serving alcohol at an event, please email
Q: Who manages the content on the monitor in the SPA lobby?
A: Event content is managed by John Merritt.

Q: How can I check the availability of a room for an event?

A: If you wish to find out the availability of a room please visit the links below, contact them directly, or email for assistance.   

Tivoli/Auraria Campus Event Spaces: 
Email or call 303-556-2755.

Executive MBA suite: 
Call or email Deborah Makray at 303-623-1888,

Business School:
Call or email Linda Theus-Lee at 303-315-8011,

Lawrence Street Center 14th floor conference rooms:
Call or email Judy Sherman at 303-315-2500, | Physical Address: 1380 Lawrence St., Ste. 500  Denver, CO  80204 | Mailing Address: University of Colorado Denver, SPA, Campus Box 142, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364 | ph: 303.315.2228 | fax: 303.315.2229 | SPA Website Feedback

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