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Raul's Report


Without a doubt, this is my time of year. I was privileged to participate in both the CU Denver and CU Anschutz Medical Campus Commencement ceremonies, and I was able to attend our annual Student Affairs Conference with all of you. Both events put me in my happy place.

Collaboration & teamwork

I enjoyed seeing so many of you at the conference. We set a record when more than 200 people registered to attend! My thanks to the conference planning committee. They provided us with a fun and informative day which I expect will lead to stronger teams and elevated support of our students. I hope each of you came away with a new skill to add to your professional toolbox.

Creating a culture of collaboration, building teamwork in the workplace, is crucial to how we approach our job roles as student affairs professionals and I was glad we were able to take a day to really dig into the ways we can collaborate and team up for student success. When I played high school sports, we didn’t have any superstar athletes, but as a team we exceeded expectations when we put our trust in one another and believed that each of us would do the job we were assigned to do. Trust in your teammates is the critical requirement. To me, that’s the essence of team. The conference gave us all the opportunity to reflect on our own teams and our ongoing commitment to working together.

Shout out to volunteers

My thanks also to all the volunteers who made the end of our academic year such a big success. Disability Resources and Services reports that 11 volunteers assisted with delivering and proctoring 283 exams. Scholarships and Student Development volunteers spent 35 hours reading more than 6800 scholarship application essays and resumes. And, Commencement was staffed by the largest volunteer team ever. Now, that really demonstrates our teamwork and commitment to our students and I’m grateful to all of you who participated in these important volunteer efforts.

Commencement pride

As always, I sat at Commencement bursting with pride. This year we awarded more than 900 degrees to health professionals at CU Anschutz. Imagine the impact they will have on our world!

Division graduates

At CU Denver, we graduated nearly 2,000 students including several student affairs staffers and graduate assistants, as well as many of our talented student leaders and student employees. We can even count a new EdD-holder among our colleagues. Congratulations to Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Retention and Success Sam Kim, EdD, who received his Doctorate of Education in Leadership for Educational Equity.

Construction ceremony

Looking ahead to the end of the month, our next gathering and celebration will be June 29 at the CU Denver Student Wellness Center construction site. You’ve probably noticed how quickly the building’s going up and it’s already time for the traditional Topping Out ceremony where the building’s final beam will be hoisted into place. We’re all invited to come sign the beam that morning beginning at 8:00 a.m., then watch as it’s set in place at 10:00 a.m.

Team effort

To me, the wellness center serves as a symbol of university-wide teamwork and collaboration. From the students past and present who dreamed it up, to our student affairs team and university leadership who supported it, the center was, and continues to be, a true team effort. Let’s plan to celebrate that together on the 29th. 

Go Team!

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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