Equity in Excellence
Campus Support Programs
Academic Advising facilitates our diverse students’ life-long educational goals by providing accurate information and informed guidance in an efficient, accessible, and comprehensive manner. Advisors teach self-advocacy and promote students’ abilities to discern choices and utilize decision-making strategies. This includes the identification of academic need, preparation, and balance toward program completion. The role of Academic Advising is to encourage student engagement with faculty, academic departments, and student services. This is accomplished by working with key institutional and community partners in an environment of inclusive excellence.
Brother to Brother (B2B) is an Urban Male Initiative Program that is designed to assist students to build strong study habits, organizational skills, and test taking skills. We develop social activities to create a sense of community for male students including the development of friendships with peers and students. B2B leadership development provides opportunities for students to learn about leadership and how to become a leader on campus. Students receive career and graduate school planning support to prepare to transition into a career or graduate school after graduation.
Undergraduate Studies would like to announce some exciting changes! We have created a new center, the Center for Equity and Student Achievement (CESA) . CESA includes the TRIO Student Support Services, Brother-2-Brother, Fostering Success, the Immigrant Services Program and an overall focus on supporting our first-generation and low-income student populations. Each of the programs in CESA serve specific student populations and together we aim to increase access and persistence of our underrepresented student groups here at MSU Denver. To the students we serve, we provide advising, access to financial aid options, mentorship, ESL support, and a place to come together as a community. Our goal is to function as a resource across the MSU Denver campus and provide trainings, guidance, and advocacy.
CESA is located on the second floor of the Student Success Building in room 237. In fall 2017, the center will have a formal open house but before then, we encourage you to stop by and say hello! If you have questions about the center, please contact the Director, Brandi Scott, firstname.lastname@example.org.
We help Colorado students succeed in college. We're a federally-funded grant program placing full-time advisors in more than two dozen schools across the state. We start with middle-school students, teaching them college basics and taking them for campus visits. By high school, our students are taking college courses and building confidence in the future. Most of our students are the first in their families to go to college - we strive to ensure they're prepared to turn their dreams into reality.
The CO-WY AMP mission at Metropolitan State University of Denver is to provide financial, educational, and personal support to African American, Hispanic American, Pacific Islanders and Native American students who plan to seek degrees in Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Computer Information Systems or Computer Science. This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation; our main administrative office is at CSU, in Fort Collins, Colorado.
The Denver Scholarship Foundation inspires and empowers Denver Public Schools’ students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education, by providing the tools, knowledge, and financial resources essential for success.
The mission of the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences is to provide a complete learning environment in which students from a diverse urban population can gain, at the undergraduate level, a thorough understanding of current theories and practices in Applied Mathematics, Theoretical Mathematics, Mathematics Education, Probability and Statistics, and Computer Science. The Department fulfills its mission by pursuing excellence in teaching and learning as its primary objective in order to prepare students for successful careers, post-graduate education and life long education.
The First Year Success program is the entry point for all beginning Metropolitan State University of Denver students. Here students set the stage for future success through community-based learning, peer support, and a wide range of meaningful co-curricular activities. By the end of the program, students will have developed foundational college-level skills while making connections with faculty, other students, and the campus as a whole.
In 2007, MSU Denver launched its HSI Initiative and convened a task force to identify strategies to
- increase Hispanic FTE enrollment to 25 percent by 2018
- support Hispanic students’ educational success through degree attainment
Over the past nine years, Hispanic FTE enrollment has risen steadily, from a starting point of 12.5 percent to 20.3 percent as of fall 2015. But reaching the 25 percent target over the next three years stands as a challenge, and former MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan in June 2015 instituted a new HSI Task Force to take the university “over the finish line.” The new task force was charged with studying the existing landscape, identifying MSU Denver programs and services that support currently enrolled Hispanic students, and recommending specific strategies and investments to increase Hispanic FTE enrollment to 25 percent by 2018.
The Immigrant Services Program at the Metropolitan State University of Denver is an academic and social support program that aims to increase enrollment, retention, and graduation of undocumented, DACA, immigrant, and refugee students. Through academic counseling, ESL support, scholarship application assistance, and access to campus and community resources, the program’s mission is to address the most common challenges and barriers to education that this underserved, underrepresented student population faces.
Simultaneously, the program aims to serve as a representative for undocumented, DACA, refugee, immigrant, and ESL students on campus, helping staff and faculty alike to support, empathize with, and effectively serve these student populations.
Kitlapalojua (Welcome)! Journey Through Our Heritage (JTOH) is a program designed to create a kalpulli (community) which empowers MSU Denver students to become exceptionally accomplished mentors, focused on developing culturally experienced high school students through a yearlong endeavor. This is accomplished by Journey mentors commuting on a consistent basis to participating high schools and implementing study sessions, which are geared specifically to meet the standards of the Journey Through Our Heritage Program and its curriculum.
Journey Through Our Heritage concentrates on bringing Denver and the Metro area high school students together, by participating in an academic competition that explores the distinct features of American Indian, Xikana/o, Mexicana/o, Mexican–American, Red Bone, African/African American, and Chicana/o studies. To enhance the culturally relevant curriculum, the students write college level essays and compete in jeopardy style exercise to enhance the intense and beneficial educational experience available to the students enrolled in the program.
Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Metropolitan State University of Denver is committed to becoming the preeminent public urban university in the nation, and believes that placing a high value on diversity and inclusion are essential elements toward reaching this important goal.
MSU Denver values diversity as it is one of its five core values. The Office of Diversity and Inclusion serves as an agent and resource to provide leadership on issues related to diversity. Our goal is to support and promote diversity and inclusion in all aspects of campus life to include the design and development of initiatives that embrace and support diversity, and that move the institution down the path of “Inclusive Excellence”.