Alumni are essential partners in creating the future of CU Denver.


Nga Vương-Sandoval speaking at a stanchion. Photo by Together Creative Media.

An Interview with SPA Alum Nga Vương-Sandoval MCJ '02, U.S. Refugee Advisory Board Project Manager 

Nga Vương-Sandoval MCJ' 02 has a lifelong commitment to advocating on behalf of refugees, immigrants, and other forcibly displaced people here in Colorado and around the world. Nga speaks from experience. As a child, Nga and her family fled their homeland due to the Việt Nam War and became refugees. They were displaced in refugee camps before resettling in the U.S. and were known as "boat people."

Currently, Nga is the U.S. Refugee Advisory Board Project Manager. She works to ensure consistent and impactful engagement with refugees and other forcibly displaced populations through international policy and participation in decision-making forums in the global refugee arena. She concurrently serves as Immigration & DEI Advisor at 3i Law Firm. Her professional experience has included serving at the Colorado Department of Law, the state homeland security office specializing in counterintelligence and counterterrorism, and working as adjunct faculty at two universities. Her scholarly book reviews have been published in Oxford University Press.

Spring 2022 Commencement view from stage.

U.S. News & World Report: CU Denver Continues to Rank No. 1 for Social Mobility in Colorado

In its release of the 2023 Best Colleges rankings, U.S. News & World Report once again recognized CU Denver among the nation’s best schools and No. 1 for social mobility in the state of Colorado for the second year in a row. 

Social mobility has taken center stage in the 2030 Strategic Plan and is a key consideration when developing curriculum at CU Denver, where preparing a diverse workforce for the future is priority. CU Denver is committed to becoming the nation’s first equity-serving institution, joining new initiatives and supporting underrepresented communities in an effort to make education work for all.  


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Events & Resources

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First Friday with SPA: 50 Years of Colorado Nonprofits

| 08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Cost/fee: Free
Room Number: 2nd Floor Terrace Room
Lawrence Street Center
1380 Lawrence Street
Denver, CO
This academic year marks the 50th anniversary of the School of Public Affairs providing education, research, and service to the community. To celebrate this milestone, there will be a series of events with 50-year retrospectives on popular topics of interest to Coloradans, as well as a look at what the next 50 years might bring. There will be in-person as well as virtual options for participation. Registration coming.
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CU Night at The Nutcracker

| 06:15 PM - 10:00 PM
Cost/fee: $48
Celebrate the holiday season by joining fellow CU Denver alumni and families for a hot chocolate reception and interactive costuming art exhibition, followed by a performance of The Nutcracker by Colorado Ballet. Registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration opens October 17.
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110,000+ Alumni

Founded in 1973, CU Denver has grown to include more than 110,000 graduates.

105 Countries

CU Denver has a world-wide network of alumni across 105 countries.

67% Coloradans

67% of CU Denver alumni live in the State of Colorado.

32% of Employees

About 32% of CU Denver’s faculty and staff are also Lynx alumni.