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Raul's Report


Blink and summer’s over. To me, it seems like just yesterday we were exploring new ways to create a culture of collaboration at our annual Student Affairs Conference, and now it’s already time to welcome our students to the new academic year.

Vice Chancellor Raul Cardenas, PhDI hope you were able to squeeze in some time to relax and recharge. You’ll probably agree with me that even a few days away, a little time spent with family and friends, goes a long way toward preparing for the exciting challenges ahead.

Teamwork & the flywheel
Thinking back to our conference, teamwork’s been on my mind. You may remember that last year at this time we were talking about the role of the flywheel in machines and in organizations—how even a small part can make a huge difference when everyone’s pushing together to move it forward. We all did that last year, leaning our shoulders into the flywheel and moving it forward together to better support our students.  

And now, building on our conference focus on teamwork, we’re ready to push even harder. I see it when I look around. Every team continues to challenge itself to find new approaches and new solutions to elevate our efforts supporting graduation success.

Campus collaborationsPhoenix Center Logo
I’m proud of several new collaborative efforts in the works between our two campus locations. Through the Phoenix Center at Auraria, we’re bringing services to victims of interpersonal violence at the new Phoenix Center at CU Anschutz. It was imperative that we create this resource for our students, staff and faculty, and with the strong support of CU Anschutz Chancellor Don Elliman, we’re moving forward quickly and the center’s first victim service coordinator has been hired.

The CU Denver Student Wellness Center and the CU Anschutz Office of Student Health Promotion are teaming up to survey students at both locations in an effort to collect precise data about student health, leading to the development of campus wellness programs that best reflect the needs of the student body. The American College Health Association (ACHA) student health assessment survey is planned for this fall. Stay tuned!

You can read more about both initiatives in Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Jan Gascoigne’s recent CU Anschutz update.

Student communicationsCommunications Cartoon
We’ve also got a new student communications strategy in the works. Starting Aug. 7, the CU Denver and CU Anschutz weekly e-newsletter will be sent to all students, it'll be posted online and shared on social media. So, if you have events or updates to contribute, you better do it now. As I wrote earlier, the new semester will be here before we know it! Contact at CU Denver or at CU Anschutz.

Thank you!
I feel like I don’t say it often enough, so a big ‘thank you for all you do’ to each and every division staff member. Our students’ success is in your hands which I believe makes them very lucky indeed.

Let’s tackle this new academic year together!​

Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs


Please contact Bonnie Hixson​ to schedule a time to meet​​​

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