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15th Annual UE Symposium

What is the UE Symposium?

The Undergraduate Experiences (UE) Symposium brings together faculty, staff, and students from across CU Denver to work collectively in a dynamic environment on curriculum, pedagogy, co-curriculum, and services to raise undergraduate learning, engagement, and success. The symposium brings in prominent speakers to inform us of national best practices in higher education reform and challenges us to adapt or surpass them in application to our own unique culture and students. Provost Rod Nairn attends, as often do the deans of each school/college. Working tables and breakout sessions generate proposals that lead to real actions that serve all undergraduates.


15th Annual UE Symposium  //  October 4, 2019

Symposium Theme  |  "Pathways to Academic Well-being - Purpose, Belonging, & Resilience"
Location  |  CU Denver Student Commons Bldg. 2500 / 8 AM - 2:30 PM





There is a significant body of national research on the benefits of fostering a campus culture of wellness, a “well-being university,” as George Mason University calls their ongoing institution-wide effort. Well-being is complex and multifaceted, including but not limited to wellness that is physical, spiritual, emotional, social, environmental, and financial (this list is from our own Wellness Center).


Each of these impinges upon our students’ academic well-being, itself studied in terms of concepts such as academic purpose, sense of belonging, growth mindset, self-efficacy, trust, resilience, and flourishing, among others.3 Research also shows that well-being is linked to crucial issues such as the quality of learning, equity for underrepresented students, community engagement, civic responsibility, degree completion, and success after college, not to mention happiness and fulfilment in life.


Our keynote speaker in 2019 is Dr. Nance Lucas, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Well-Being, George Mason University, and a widely read scholar on positive psychology, leadership, and well-being. In addition, we will have “tED Talks” by seven or more of our own faculty and staff, with associated breakout sessions, on topics such as: Physical well-being; Stress management & coping strategies such as mindfulness; Financial well-being; Teaching anxious/depressed students; Social well-being, belonging, and diversity/inclusion; Fostering Student Resilience; and, Purpose and well-being.





Registration has ended for this event, but a waiting list is available through Thursday, October 3.  Contact Mary Baitinger for further details.

 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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