June 29, 2023

Davidson's Desk President Newsletter headerThe Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated decision on affirmative action in higher education admissions today, striking down the policy in a monumental moment for education. Fortunately, because MSU Denver is an open-access institution, the decision will have no impact on who we will admit and won’t alter our efforts to prepare Colorado’s workforce.

MSU Denver’s access mission means that all students who are at least 20 years old with a high school diploma or GED are automatically admitted per state law. MSU Denver is proud to define ourselves by who we include, not who we exclude. We favor anything that increases access and diversity in education.

While today’s decision will create extreme challenges to diversify many college campuses, as evidenced in California and Michigan where affirmative action was already banned, I am thankful for MSU Denver – a place where students of all ages and background, including nearly 9,000 students of color, will continue to build a better, more equitable Colorado through innovative and inclusive education.


Janine Davidson, Ph.D.
President, MSU Denver

MSU Denver in the News

Denver has problems. Its downtown universities want to be part of the solution. (Denver Business Journal)
Education leaders want to strengthen the bonds between the city and Auraria Campus’ 50,000 students and experts.

Speech therapy helps transitioning adults find their voice (9NEWS)
MSU Denver’s Speech Language clinic is working to help adults in the LBGTQ+ community, many of whom are transitioning, work on finding their voice.

Quadruplets homeschooled together since 3rd grade graduate from same college: ‘Going to Have a Party!’ (People)
Rachael, Abigail, Julia and Luke Molnar are 22-year-old quadruplets who graduated together from Metropolitan State University of Denver in May.

Stories from MSU Denver

A new way to light up the sky
Drone shows are providing a safer, quieter and cleaner alternative to traditional fireworks celebrations.

How to prepare for the possible demise of DACA
An immigration expert offers advice to students amid predictions the program could end as soon as this year.

What you must know about the Colorado Privacy Act
The new law will give consumers more control over their data. A computer-security expert weighs in on what to expect.

Transformers: Rise of the Intern
Industrial Design student Andrew Baxter landed a dream role helping Hasbro produce the action figures for its upcoming blockbuster movie.

MSU Denver tackles critical shortage of elder-care workers
Coloradans are getting older, but caregivers are in short supply. A new program in aging services will help to replenish jobs lost during the pandemic.

Upcoming MSU Denver Events

Aug. 17 | 5-7 p.m.
Convocation is the kick-off event for every Roadrunner, the first “bookend” to each student’s academic journey with Commencement as the final goal. This is an opportunity to support incoming students as they come together for their first official MSU Denver event. The ceremony will include a welcome from President Davidson and a keynote from Dudley Thurmond, creator of “The Recipe for Resilience.” RSVP for Convocation

Sept. 20 | Time TBD
Brewing Education Lab Grand Opening
The School of Hospitality’s Charlie Papazian Brewing Education Lab will give students the opportunity to work on a professional brewing system on a regular basis. Learn about the Brewing Lab

Sept. 26 | 9-10 a.m.
Health Institute Sim Labs Groundbreaking
The Health Institute Simulation and Skills Lab will deliver high-tech, hands-on interprofessional training in nursing, nutrition, human services and more. Learn about the Sim Labs


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