Roadrunners Rise: Rising Scholars

We are committed to supporting all Roadrunners as they rise, and we invite you to join us as we follow their journeys.

With over 105,000 Roadrunner alumni, the MSU Denver story is hardly unique. But the roads that our students travel en route to crossing the commencement stage are special and impactful – and their stories need to be told.

Roadrunners Rise: Rising Scholars is multi-year reality documentary project that tells the stories of Roadrunner students. Through their student experience, we will explore campus, programs and services with a true understanding of what it takes to be a Roadrunner.

Introducing Rising Scholars

They call a flock of Roadrunners a marathon. The road is often hard, zig-zaggy and long – but as Roadrunners we are not alone. Together, we are Roadrunners Rising. Together, We Are MSU Denver.

Meet our Rising Scholars

leon duran headshot in U.S. Navy uniform

Leon Duran

Father. Sailor. Business owner. Mentor. Entrepreneur. 2015 Criminal Justice graduate. Current online MBA student. Roadrunner.

Meet Leon
Arianna Valdez leaning on a fence with a Roadrunners sign.

Arianna Valdez

First-generation. Latina. Student-athlete. Scholarship recipient. Integrative Health Care major. Roadrunner.

Meet Arianna
Damarley Laing standing in front of the Tivoli

Damarley Laing

International student. First-generation. Student-employee. Scholarship recipient. Fire and Emergency Response major. Avid Outdoorsman. Roadrunner.

Meet Damarley
Ashley Hernadez

Ashley Hernandez

Hard-working. First-generation. Latina. Aspiring prosecutor. Roadrunner Promise Recipient. Roadrunner.

Meet Ashley
Hakeem Khaleel

Hakeem Khaleel

Aspiring pilot. Student leader. Scholarship Recipient. Aviation Enthusiast. Roadrunner.

Derek Brekken wearing a red, collared shirt with his arms folded and smiling.

Derek Brekken

Aspiring lawyer. 2021 Public Relations graduate. Podcaster. Story-teller. Proud alumni. Roadrunner.

Meet Derek