A message from President Davidson on the DACA program
President Davidson reaffirmed the University's commitement to our DACA students and employees on Sept. 5 after news the federal government was suspending this program. "DACA students and employees are valuable contributors to our learning community and among the hardest workers we have on campus. They have come to MSU Denver to better their lives, families and communities; in short, to achieve the American dream. I intend to do everything in my power to ensure that they can continue to do so."
The MSU Denver Foundation has put together a donation page for our DACA students in the hopes of providing necessary financial assistance.
Student employment works for students, employers
When Daisy Rocha Vasquez was in elementary school, she asked her parents if she could sign up for summer school. Not because she was falling behind but because she wanted to get ahead. By the time she was a teenager, she was teaching business and computer skills to her peers and neighbors through a local nonprofit.
Rocha Vasquez has always had an appetite for learning and an even bigger desire to help people. It’s no surprise, then, that the middle child of nine siblings worked throughout college or that each of the seven jobs she held included working with people extensively.
She got her start as a student employee in the Office of Admissions and worked her way into a leadership role in the Urban Leadership Program, and she also worked as an intern for Girls Inc. of Metro Denver; a student ambassador for Microsoft Windows; a Macy’s associate; a Coors Field usher; and a weekend babysitter. The skills and work ethic she developed as a student landed her a job at the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, where she earned a promotion after just seven months on the job.
Jessica Thummel’s journey to become an internationally published novelist included an important chapter at MSU Denver. Thummel won the prestigious 2016 Dundee International Book Prize for her debut novel, “The Cure for Lonely,” which tells the coming-of-age story of Sam, a transgender man who moves to San Francisco amid the 1980s AIDS epidemic.
1Book/1 Project/2 Transform (1B/1P/2T) is a recurring series that brings together MSU Denver students, staff and faculty around a shared book, and when possible they volunteer with a service project related to the book's theme. This year's book is “In the Country We Love” by author/actress Diane Guerrero (who has had roles in “Orange is the New Black” and “Jane the Virgin”).