MSU Denver

Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion

About the ULP

The Urban Leadership Program (ULP) was established in 2009 as a unique leadership experience at MSU Denver. Scholars participate in coursework, experiential learning components, and mentorship throughout their time in the program. Each student receives a scholarship in addition to training and networking opportunities designed to grow understanding of self, others, and society.

2018 Urban Leadership Scholars Graduates

Our Impact

ULP Scholars were 10% more likely to graduate than a sample of MSU Denver students with similar academic characteristics.

Core Values

Experiential Components

Students in the program commit to several experiential leadership components. These programs are designed to complement what participants are learning in class work and in the community.

Urban Leadership Scholars group for 2018 Summit

Retreats & Conferences

Each Fall and Spring, scholars participate in a retreat to kick off the semester. These events help students get to know their peers in the program, set goals and expectations for the term, and connect with their peer mentors. Students also attend state-wide events sponsored by the Colorado Leadership Alliance a collaboration of 11 different leadership programs at other colleges and universities in Colorado.

Urban Leadership Scholars Field Experience at Children's Hospital

Monthly Field Experiences

Scholars in the program visit organizations leading in Denver monthly. Typical field experiences include a tour an overview of the organization and time with key leaders in the organization. Often, the experiences align with a monthly leadership theme. Scholars have ample time for question and answer with the leaders and reflect on the experience through online discussions.

Urban Leadership Scholars in front of Tivoli Student Union for 2020 Summit


The role of mentoring in leadership can provide a system of support and exploration. Participants are matched with a peer mentor, called a FrontRunner, in the program. Students meet with their FrontRunner monthly to get guidance on their leadership journey. Students are also matched with a mentor through the Colorado Leadership Alliance, in order to offer students the opportunity to form connections with professionals across the Denver area.

Urban Leadership Scholars during a service learning day

Service Learning

Participants in the program commit to learning about leadership in Denver through service initiatives. Students participate in short term programs designed to create awareness of the local non-profit organizations. As scholars continue with the program, they work in collaboration with an organization on a leadership and service project.

Urban Leadership Scholars posing for the 2014 Retreat photo

Our Impact

After one year in the program, both students and mentors report greater confidence and capacity in self, group, and systemic leadership measures.

Academic Components

Scholars in the Urban Leadership Program take coursework from the Leadership Studies Minor curriculum. The minor is not required for participation in the program, but all students in the program must take an academic course each semester of enrollment in the program.

2019 Graduating Urban Leadership Scholars

Leadership Studies Minor

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Urban Leadership Scholars in front of the Golda Meir house


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Urban Leadership Scholars laughing and playing a challenge with a hula-hoop

Leadership Resources

Find a list of leadership resources available to the Roadrunner community.

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Urban Leadership Scholars at Red Rocks Retreat

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Help the ULP scholars through scholarships and programming funds.

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Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI)

The Urban Leadership Program was started in 2009 and is a program within the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion.

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Campus Location:

Tivoli Student Union 305




Mailing Address:

Campus Box 39, P.O. Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217-3362