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Raul's Report

Looking Ahead

One thing you can always count on around here is that things are going to change. We’re constantly adapting to new situations and new realities as we work to better serve our University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus students. That’s why I’m so pleased with the CU Denver division staffing changes we recently announced. 

With individuals and entire areas moving around, it may take a scorecard to keep track of it all for a while, but it’s all very exciting. Looking at our organizational chart, we saw opportunities to streamline and improve our services by retooling some of our reporting structure and reassigning some staff members.  

Of course, there are always personal concerns when change takes place. But, once we realize that these moves aren’t meant to be disruptive but to position us to better serve our students, the easier they are to understand and accept. 

Among the restructuring changes is a new leadership position in the Office of the Registrar that will allow the Registrar to focus on high level initiatives. Some areas, like Student Development are brand new. Other areas like Student Life (now Student Life and Campus Community) have new names and some new faces. And, both of those areas are now part of the newly named Student Engagement and Partnerships group along with Veteran Services, Events, the Career Center and Divisional Communications.  

Like I said, we may need a scorecard for a while! We are in a never-ending assessment of what is best for our students and I thank all of you for your continuing patience and support. As always, if you have any questions or concerns you’re always welcome to contact me directly.

Your day to learn & grow professionally​​
When I think about June, I look back at the recently completed academic year. I look ahead to the new semester on the horizon. But, what I look forward to most this time of year is our Student Affairs Conference. This was a concept I made a priority when I arrived at CU Denver | Anschutz almost five years ago. I wanted to be certain that my staff had access to a high quality, free and convenient career-building conference.


Plan to attend our Student Affairs Conference

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I’m happy to say the conference caught on quickly and has gotten better every single year. This year’s conference will be held on June 23 at CU Anschutz. The theme is Expanding your Professional Toolbox, offering us the chance to learn together and leave with new skills to assist us in our own personal career development as well as in the work we do to benefit our students.


It’s my expectation that every staff member will plan to attend the full day if their work schedule allows. I know that job duties might keep some of us from committing to the that but I hope that everyone will be able to be there for at least part of the conference. I encourage you to register now. You’ll get a chance to network, catch up with old colleagues, meet new ones and add some tools to your toolkit. But, if you’re still not convinced, here’s the clincher—you’ll get a free lunch!


Public newsletter

We’ve got big news to report this month about our Connection newsletter. Not only does this edition mark a full year of monthly distributions, this is the first issue to be housed on our public website instead of the private intranet. That means readers (like you and me!) will no longer need a university login to access the articles. Everyone can easily read them and share them through social media, emails or websites.


The Connection was designed to become the division’s main communications tool, to keep us updated on timely information and connect us as a division. Moving forward on a public platform, I expect the newsletter will also provide us new ways to connect with both our campus and external communities. When you have news or feedback to share, just contact our friendly communications team and they’ll take it from there.


Commencement pride

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Of course, this month is also a time to look back and take pride in seeing our students complete their academic journeys with us. I hope you were able to attend a Commencement ceremony at CU Denver or CU Anschutz. Maybe, as I encouraged, you were able to volunteer.

Feeling the excitement of the graduates, watching them celebrate their accomplishment with friends and family never gets old to me. This is why we all make the efforts we do. Not only do I congratulate the graduates, I congratulate you for all the support you provided along the way.​

See you at our conference

So, let’s all take a deep breath, enjoy the summer and get ready for the Class of 2020 and all of our incoming and returning students. The way I figure it, the best way to prepare is to take a day for ourselves and attend the Student Affairs Conference together. When you network with co-workers and add new tools to your professional toolkit, you not only benefit yourself, you also benefit the division and the students we serve.


Consider this your personal invitation. See you at the conference!



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

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