I was glad to see so many of our CU Denver Division of Student Affairs professional staff members turn out for our kickoff event. This fall marks the beginning of my seventh year with the university and, as I said during my remarks, it seemed like the perfect time to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are presently and where we’re headed. It was also a good time to share a few laughs and network over some breakfast burritos!
This is the first time we’ve gathered to take such a close look at our mission and vision, keeping us focused on our common goal to provide our students with a seamless experience, supporting their needs and empowering their graduation goals.
We reviewed the growth in our enrollment numbers and graduation rates and there’s every indication that, with all of us working together, we will continue to trend upward. Our divisional and university accomplishments in recent years are staggering and they go a long way in supporting our retention and graduation rates.
Our pride points include initiatives like our Milo the Lynx mascot and the new CU Denver Student Wellness Center. The Office of K-12 Outreach and the Transfer Admission Center. TRiO’s recent federal McNair Grant. The growth of Student Organizations. The CARE team. Financial Aid’s elevated awarding process. PALs new international mentorship training program certification.
There are too many to list. But, what I know is that each and every member of our team has had a hand in making these ideas and initiatives a reality. What I also know, is that the things we’ve accomplished together continue to build our supportive and welcoming campus community, making this a place where students want to be, want to learn and expect to succeed.
Ultimately, this is a place that is life-changing and community-changing. How inspiring is that in the work we do every day?
Our recent divisional reorganization was designed to place staff in areas where they can collectively best fill the greatest student needs. I was glad to introduce the newest member of our leadership team, Meloni Crawford, who officially joined us Nov. 1 but who made it a point to attend our event even before her start date. She comes to us from the Community College of Denver where she was the Dean of Student Life. She will be our first CU Denver Assistant Vice Chancellor of Student Life & Residential Education and will be key in our continued efforts to elevate the experience for students who call Campus Village home.
Priority 1: Student success
So, where are we headed? Nowhere but up! Together, we’re dedicated to supporting Chancellor Horrell’s Five Strategic Priorities. Our division, and all of you, have already had a huge impact on all five of those initiatives, especially the top priority, to elevate student success.
Student success is what you do and I’m proud to say you do it well. Our job now is to maximize that impact and keep our momentum going.
All together now!
Raul Cardenas, PhD, Vice Chancellor, CU Denver | Anschutz Division of Student Affairs
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