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A new way to CADRE

Learn how MSU Denver has refreshed its core values and check out the new CADRE Toolkit.

By Lindsey Coulter

March 31, 2021

CADRE core values logoCommunity. Access. Diversity. Respect. Excellence.

Metropolitan State University of Denver’s refreshed core values support the University’s mission and vision and define who we are and what we aspire to be.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to visit the revamped CADRE webpage to learn how each core value speaks to MSU Denver’s brand and character. Along with core-value examples and definitions — including the switch from “Entrepreneurship” to “Excellence” — the site offers a wealth of new resources and assets via the CADRE Toolkit. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to explore the toolkit, which includes printable and downloadable templates and logos. In the CADRE materials folder, visitors can also find digital backgrounds, flyers, posters and a helpful style-and-usage guide.

As we approach the Higher Learning Commission accreditation visit April 26-27, it’s a great time to swap outdated CADRE posters, flyers and other assets for these refreshed materials and to promote MSU Denver’s core values by displaying the new CADRE assets in offices and campus spaces.

“Consistency is key to building the MSU Denver brand and telling our story,” said Whei Wong-Howerton, associate vice president, Marketing and Brand. “In advance of this important opportunity to showcase our overall excellence to the HLC, it’s also key to share how we define and embody community, access, diversity and respect.”

Learn more by visiting, which showcases the many ways MSU Denver faculty, staff, students and alumni live our core values.



MSU Denver is an engaged urban university that promotes mutual relationships between the University and the community, where we apply the intellectual strength of our faculty and the energy of our students to solve real-world problems. We benefit the economic health, cultural health and well-being of the community and promote the public good through the transformation of urban communities in metropolitan Denver.


Inspired by the students we serve, many of whom are low-income or first-generation, our self-confident academic community breaks down traditional boundaries and takes responsibility for meeting the challenges of access to education in the 21st century.


MSU Denver has been committed to diversity, equity and inclusive excellence since its inception. This is evidenced by our efforts to embed systemic practices to achieve a high-quality, culturally sensitive education; is reflected by our leadership, faculty, staff and students; and is woven into the fabric of our University.


We boldly seek a climate of mutual respect and reflection that supports different beliefs and

perspectives and promotes the open exchange of ideas. Because we respect everyone, communicate effectively, promote transparency, embrace dialogue, cultivate trust and respect governance structures, we are consistently able to make decisions with a students-first mentality.


MSU Denver faculty members are known for their commitment to excellence in student-centered teaching and scholarship. Staff members are dedicated to the delivery of high-quality wraparound services for all students. Roadrunners strive for excellence in all they do, embracing the challenges in front of them and rising to reach their full potential.

Topics: Access, CADRE, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Respect

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