Current UHL Students

The University Honors and Leadership (UHL) program has a variety of offerings that provide our participants with educational experiences beyond the standard classroom environment. From conducting cutting-edge research with CU Denver faculty members to study abroad experiences to internships, the UHL program provides a variety of opportunities that complement your academic program.


UHL Events - Fall 2022

Friday, September 9th - Doughnut Day @ the UHL House, 8:30 am - when the doughnuts are gone!

Friday, September16th - UHL Field Day @ the UHL House, 1:00 - 5:00 pm

Friday, September 23rd, visit with William Anderson, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

William Anderson was born in Colorado and attended Metropolitan State University for his Bachelor’s degree and the University of Phoenix for his Master’s degree in education.  He is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor, and Director of the Teacher Education Program at the University of Denver. He was a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Teacher Advisory Council from 2014-2016 and is currently a member of the National Geographic Teacher Advisory Council, 2019-2021.  He is also the founder of Love 1st Education Consultation LLC. William is a father, husband, dream chaser, reader, runner, lover of history, music, and junk food. A quote that sums up his teaching philosophy is, “Of all of our studies, history is best qualified for our research.”—Malcolm X.

Thursday, October 27, Trick-or-Treat with the Auraria Childcare Center @ the UHL House, Time TBA

Friday, November 4th, visit with Donna Chrisjohn, 2:30 - 3:45 pm

Donna Chrisjohn is Sicangu Lakota and Dine. She is a Native of Denver, Colorado and a mother of 5 children. Donna is a legal professional with over 25 years of experience in private, public and tribal law. She stays active in the Native community, both locally and nationally, by volunteering and participating in several organizations.  Donna serves on the Denver American Indian Commission (former Co-Chair), Chinook Fund's Board of Directors (current Co-Chair), Native Women's Wilderness Board of Directors and the Advisory Board for Melanin Stories Matter. Education is not only a passion but a purpose for Donna.  She is an Indigenous Education Consultant and has been presenting the Indigenous perspective to schools and organizations for over 43 years. 

Experiences, Opportunities and Activities

Undergraduate Research

Be a researcher. Our students have the opportunity to engage in cutting-edge research under the guidance of faculty mentors.

International Experiences

Be a world traveler and global learner. Our students have had extraordinary study abroad opportunities in places like Ireland and Germany. Stay tuned for our next international adventure.

Annual Events

Be an active participant. We celebrate our community with a number of annual events.

  • The Celebration of Excellence brings UHL students, faculty, and staff together to learn how our students are excelling in exciting opportunities and activities
  • The Chancellors Reception is hosted by the Chancellor for the UHL community
  • UHL Graduation

Community Service

The University Honors and Leadership community is more than an academic one and the cohort-based nature of the UHL program offers unique opportunities for interaction beyond the classroom. One core value of UHL is making a positive contribution to the wider community. This includes CU Denver and the Auraria Campus, our city, our state, and beyond.

Giving back is a key component of being part of UHL and students are required to complete a minimum of one community engagement project each semester.

Our community service program offers students a variety of opportunities to engage with the community and promotes social interaction with their UHL peers at the same time. Some opportunities will be sponsored by the UHL program and others will be developed and managed by UHL students, maybe even you!

We update our list of community service options frequently. Two of our most popular are Project C.U.R.E and the Denver Public Library Used Books Sale. UHL students have invested hundreds of hours supporting them. But, if neither of these interest you, don't worry. We've got plenty more ways for you to engage with your community.

Sampling of Service Opportunities