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Leadership Programs


Leadership Programs facilitate student leadership development and student services directed towards the growth of the student as a whole person. Leadership programs help to build essential leadership skills while building bonds between students.

We coordinate programs and services to enhance student development and encourage students to lead an active campus life by providing opportunities for co-curricular involvement. The staff accomplishes these goals through its work with student organizations, campus programs, leadership development, and the annual women’s leadership conference, annual diversity conference, the Latino/a leadership summit and the black student conference.

Program Overview
Have you ever been told that you have leadership potential?  ​The Emerging Leaders program may be the perfect fit for you!  Dive into learning about different styles of leadership and what your style is.  This program meets on Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5pm for nine weeks from September 25 through November 20th and provides a comprensive overview of foundational leadership skills.  Students will also be required to participate in a half-day service project on October 25th at the Food Bank of the Rockies in recognition of National Make a Difference Day.  Transporation will be provided.  This program will count toward the exploring leadership certificate which will launch in the spring of 2020.  

Tierza Watts, Director of Student Life
​Courtney Kristan, Coordinator of Sorority & Fraternity Life

Register by September 18th to join this year's emerging leaders group.
All CU Denver students are welcome to attend any of the workshops below. Workshops will be held in Tivoli 440 from 12:30pm-1:30pm (except Bystander Intervention). Lunch will be provided. Please be sure to register in advance to secure your seat in each workshop.
October 10, 2019 | February 3, 2020 | March 12, 2020
How to Adult & Let Your Problems Help You Grow

Career Competency: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • Is adulting really as boring as just learning how to manage your money, doing your laundry, and learning how to cook? If that’s all it is, no wonder society has turned it into a meme! Adulting is not supposed to be boring - it’s about learning to take every change or problem as an opportunity to grow. It’s knowing yourself and your values as you navigate life’s challenges. Come and discover who you are becoming!

  • Facilitator: Amy Huff, Career Counselor, Career Center

October 14, 2019 | March 9, 2020 | April 9, 2020
Emotional Intelligence: Navigating Feedback, Conflict, and Workplace Politics

Career Competencies: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Oral & Written Communication, Teamwork & Collaboration, Leadership

  • Intelligence (EI) is the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one’s emotions, and handle interpersonal relationships appropriately. In this workshop you will learn about yourself and how to use EI in receiving and providing feedback, managing conflict with team members, and how to navigate workplace politics.

  • Facilitator: Nick Shaklee, Assistant Director, Assistant Director, Career Center

October 29, 2019 | February 26, 2020
True Colors Leadership Styles

Career Competencies: Leadership, Teamwork

  • Ever wonder why people respond to you the way they do? Whether you’re at your best or just plain stressed, learn about how your true colors shine, and how to best navigate your strengths. You will practice strategies for working with others with different leadership styles, and how to lead a strong, productive team.

  • Facilitator: Tierza Watts, Director of Student Life

November 7, 2019
Bystander Intervention

Career Competencies: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Leadership

  • Have you ever wanted to step into a situation because you knew something was wrong, particularly if it is a friend you are worried about? This workshop discusses bystander intervention and works to develop strategies to intervene in difficult situations. The focus is on incidents of stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence, but principles can be applied to much more.

  • Facilitator: Em Alves, Violence Prevention Education Coordinator, The Phoenix Center at Auraria | Anschutz

February 6, 2020
Know Your Purpose & Use It: The Benefits of Purposeful Planning for Massive Action

Career Competencies: Leadership, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • There are times in life when the right action seems so clear and obvious, and you feel confident and optimistic. And then there are other times it seems like none of your plans or efforts are working out, and you wonder, “Why is this happening to me?” If you would like to feel more clarity and fulfillment in your school, work, and personal life, you will need a strong sense of purpose. Come learn how to actually take control of your daily to-do’s and find the results you were looking for in the first place

  • Facilitator: Rick Villarreal, Senior Career Counselor, Career Center

February 12, 2020
Conflict Management

Career Competencies: Professionalism & Work Ethic, Critical Thinking & Problem Solving

  • This workshops gives you an opportunity to learn about your default conflict management style, and learn how to manage controversy with civility as a leader. Find out if you’re classified as a teddy bear, shark, turtle, owl, or a fox, and engage in activities that help you focus on how to handle your next conflict.

  • Facilitator: Tierza Watts, Director of Student Life

April 6, 2020
Collaboration & Group Development

Career Competencies: Teamwork, Oral & Written Communication

  • Learning to collaborate with others is a cornerstone of leadership development. In this workshop, we will discuss the ups and downs of collaborating with others in teams, in class, and student organizations. We will also explore the stages that groups tend to experience over time, and engage in activities where you have the opportunity to practice team leadership skills.

  • Facilitator: Tierza Watts, Director of Student Life

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The Milo Awards celebrate CU Denver Student Leaders who have displayed excellence amongst their peers, faculty, and staff. Thanks to everyone who helped nominte, donate, and celebrate in 2019.

Save the date for ​May 7, 2020's award ceremony!

Missed the Milo Awards? No worries. You can still donate to the scholarship fund.​​​​​​​