MSU Denver

We are a dedicated team supporting a large and rapidly growing group of social work students. Therefore, we work hard to communicate with you in the most effective ways. If you need to reach our advising team via email, please utilize the official ways to contact us:

If you need to schedule an appointment via phone, please call our Welcome Desk at 303-615-0555.

Social Work Advising Team Directory

Scroll down to the "Meet the Social Work Advisors" section below to learn more about our team and the students they support

Claire Alfus, M.A.

Claire Alfus, M.A. (she/her)

Graduate Advising Services Coordinator

Advises prospective and current MSW students

[email protected] Schedule an Appointment with Claire
Bailee Bannon Murray, M.A.

Bailee Bannon Murray, M.A. (she/her)

Associate Director of Student Services

Provides oversight and coordination of social work advising services

[email protected]
Liz De La Rosa, M.A.

Elizabeth De La Rosa, M.A. (she/her)

Undergraduate Advising Services Coordinator

Advises prospective and current BSSW students, UNSW students and social work minors

[email protected] Schedule an Appointment with Elizabeth
Jocelyn Galindo

Jocelyn Galindo (she/ella)

Student Services Integration Coordinator

Advises UNSW students and HRSA Scholars

Schedule an Appointment with Jocelyn
Jenae McCall

Jenae McCall (she/they)

Student Services Assistant

Advises prospective and current BSSW students, UNSW students, prospective and foundation-year MSW students, and social work minors

Schedule an Appointment with Jenae
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Ernie Navarette (he/him)

Academic Advisor and Retention Support Specialist

Advises prospective and current BSSW students, UNSW students, prospective and current MSW students, and social work minors

Schedule an Appointment with Ernie

Forms and Policies

Approach to Advising

The advising approach in the Office of Social Work Student Services (OSWSS) is different. Our student services team is a “one stop shop” across the entire student life span – from when you are a prospective student through when you will be an alum from one of our programs!

We advise with a team approach in the Department of Social Work, which means that every student accepted into the BSSW or MSW Program has two advisors to provide support and guidance: professional advisors (the team on this page) and faculty advisors. While we take a collaborative approach in working with students, professional advisors (also called academic advisors) typically take the lead on helping students navigate the academic side of your program – class scheduling, degree planning, communicating policies and procedures, and linking you with campus resources as needed. Faculty advisors typically take the lead on supporting you through your academic career and professional goals, challenges in the classroom, and personal and professional difficulties. We will often work together when supporting students, so we encourage you to reach out to both of your advisors when you are unsure of who to reach out to for support. You don’t have to be an expert on who to reach out to, let us support you and be the expert. Your job is to just reach out!

Advising for Current MSU Denver Students

Are you a current student at MSU Denver or have been admitted to the University? You can schedule an advising appointment online via your Student Hub!

  • Visit your Student Hub and click the “Academic Advising” button (in the Course Info section)
  • Select the “Appointments” tab once logged in, then choose that you want to schedule an advising appointment, pick a service category, and a service for the appointment
    • If you are not currently a social work major or minor, make sure to select “Declaring/Changing Major”, “Declaring/Changing Minor” or “Exploring a Major/Minor” as the service to be able to schedule with our advisors
  • Select “Social Work” as the advising location
  • To find the first available appointment, leave the “Pick a Staff Member” field blank and click “Find First Available?”
  • Click on the appointment slot you want and fill out the required information.
    • NOTE: for phone appointments, please include a phone number we can reach you at.
  • Need help?

Advising for Future Students

Are you planning to transfer to MSU Denver? Looking to apply to the Master of Social Work Program? Want to learn more about what social work has to offer? Our advising team is here and ready to meet with you!

Call the Welcome Desk at 303-615-0555 during business hours to schedule an appointment as a prospective student with an advisor. You can also email [email protected] with any questions you have about our programs.

While you’re waiting for your advising appointment, check out these resources:

Meet the Social Work Advisors

Claire Alfus laughing while petting a baby donkey

Get to Know Claire, Graduate Advising Services Coordinator

Read Claire’s Biography, Advising Philosophy & Approach to Advising

Type(s) of students you advise:

Prospective and current MSW Program students

What are some of your favorite books? The ones I love to reread are Life of Pi, The Mists of Avalon, and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

What are some of your favorite genres of music or musical artists? It depends on my mood, but Neko Case, Vampire Weekend, and Bat For Lashes are usually on repeat.

What’s one of your favorite places in Colorado? Antero Hot Springs – I try to get there a few times a year for a reset.

What’s one of your favorite places outside of Colorado? Anywhere near moving water.

A fun fact about me is… I grew up in the town where the movie Groundhog Day was filmed.

Get to Know Elizabeth, Undergraduate Advising Services Coordinator

Read Elizabeth’s Biography, Advising Philosophy & Approach to Advising

Type(s) of students you advise:

Undeclared Seeking Social Work (UNSW) students
Prospective and current BSSW Program students
Prospective and current Social Work Minor students

What are some of your favorite books? I like to read fiction; I feel like the whole point of reading is to escape reality.

What are some of your favorite genres of music or musical artists? I am the type of person that listens to everything. If you were to take a ride in my care for 30 minutes, you would listen to Bad Bunny, Karol G, Grupo Firme, Carin Leon, Jack Harlow, Drake, and Luke Bryan.

What’s one of your favorite places in Colorado? If I share the location it would stop being my favorite place, but essentially it is in the mountains 🙂

What’s one of your favorite places outside of Colorado? Mexico, any beach but I love being in Cascais, Portugal.

A fun fact about me is… I was the first person in my family to get on a plane at 17 years old and have traveled to 14 countries since then.

Elizabeth De La Rosa sitting on a wall overlooking a landscape
Jocelyn Galindo

Get to Know Jocelyn, Student Services Specialist

Read Jocelyn’s Biography, Advising Philosophy & Approach to Advising

Type(s) of students you advise:

Undeclared Seeking Social Work (UNSW) students
MSW Program HRSA Stipend recipients

What are some of your favorite books? I am not really a reader, but I enjoy binge watching shows on Netflix.

What are some of your favorite genres of music or musical artists? I enjoy listening to all types of music, both English and Spanish (mainly salsa). Some of my favorite artists are Alicia Keys, Selena, and Amy Winehouse.

What’s one of your favorite places in Colorado? I enjoy going to all of the small mountain towns and walking around looking at the shops.

What’s one of your favorite places outside of Colorado? Any place near the beach.

A fun fact about me is… I enjoy watching sports, mainly football, baseball, and college basketball.

Get to Know Jenae, Student Services Assistant

Read Jenae’s Biography, Advising Philosophy & Approach to Advising

Type(s) of students you advise:

Undeclared Seeking Social Work (UNSW) students
Prospective and current BSSW Program students
Prospective and current Social Work Minor students
Prospective MSW students and current foundation-year MSW students

What are some of your favorite books? I love thrillers, true crime, and sappy fiction. My favorite book is Grey by Pete Wentz.

What are some of your favorite genres of music or musical artists? I love all kinds of music, but emo and pop punk are my favorites. Coheed and Cambria, My Chemical Romance, and Fall Out Boy are some of my favorites.

What’s one of your favorite places in Colorado? Lookout Mountain! I love the view.

What’s one of your favorite places outside of Colorado? A music festival. Any music festival.

A fun fact about me is… I have heterochromia, a condition that causes me to have two different eye colors!

Jenae McCall
Ernie Navarette sitting behind a drum kit

Get to Know Ernie, Academic Advisor and Retention Support Specialist

Read Ernie’s Biography, Advising Philosophy & Approach to Advising

Type(s) of students you advise:

Undeclared Seeking Social Work (UNSW) students
Prospective and current BSSW Program students
Prospective and current Social Work Minor students
Prospective and current MSW Program students

What are some of your favorite books? I’m not much of a book reader, but my favorite TV shows are Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones.

What are some of your favorite genres of music or musical artists? Being a musician, I appreciate all types of music. If I have to pick one, classic rock would be it.

What’s one of your favorite places in Colorado? Steamboat Springs, great in the winter and summer!

What’s one of your favorite places outside of Colorado? Any place with a nice beach and London, UK.

A fun fact about me is… I started playing the drums when I was 12 years old.

Contact Us

The Social Work Advising Team is here to support you on your journey!

Have a question or comment for us? Please fill out the form linked below and a member of our team will reply via email in 2-3 business days.

Contact Form

Have questions or concerns about social work advising services?

Contact Bailee Bannon Murray, Associate Director of Student Services, at [email protected].

Office Location:
Central Classroom Building, Suite 201

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Welcome Desk Phone:
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