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Dear MSU Denver faculty, are you expecting to miss one or more of your classes this semester due to a professional or personal reason?

If so, consider the Don't Cancel That Class Initiative instead of cancelling class!

This initiative, a nationwide best practice, is a collaboration between campus partners to offer various workshops centered around holistic student success. Participation is not a requirement, but it is being offered as a way to enhance the students' learning experience by focusing on career strategies, diversity and inclusion, overall health and well-being and financial wellness.

There are currently a range of presentations to choose from (each listed in the dropdown menus below), including interpersonal violence to interviewing skills, and how to pay off loan debt to the ABC's of LGBTQ.

If there are presentations outside of the realm of what is offered that you feel would be beneficial, or if you have general questions about this program, please reach out to Emily Willan at 303-605-5432 or


How It Works:

  • Browse workshops offered (listed below with descriptions) and submit your first and second request on this "Request a Presentation" form (or the button below).
  • We will contact you once your form is received to confirm your request and clarify any questions.
  • Please take note that we request seven days advanced notice. We cannot guarantee staff will be available for last minute requests.

Classroom to Career Hub Overview & Career Planning
Provide an overview of the C2 Hub at MSU Denver and the resources and services available to support students.  Discuss the process of career planning

Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
Outline basic format for cover letters and engage students in writing practice to identify and discuss relevant skills

Creating an Elevator Pitch
Teach students about networking and how to promote themselves to potential employers

Finding an Internship
Let our wonderful Classroom to Career staff visit your class to give your students tips and tricks on how to land an internship. What to look for in an internships? Are you getting credit? Are you getting paid? We can help!

Internship Orientation
What is an internship, where do you get one? Do you get creidt, do you get paid? Get all your answers and the "how to's" with this presentation.

Interview Strategies
Help students prepare for job interviews and practice answering common interview questions

Job Search Tips & Tricks
Provide strategies for conducting a job search with tips and tricks from industry experts in our C2Hub

Resume Writing Basics
Provide a general overview to resume writing

Navigating Student Loan Repayment
To prepare you for student loan repayment, to encourage healthy financial habits, and to connect you with resources to help you navigate your job search approaching and following graduation.

Paying Off Student Loan Debt
Students will understand their loan repayment options as well as where to find out information about where their student loans can be found. 

Understanding Credit
Students will understand what a credit score is, what goes into a credit score, and why it’s important to maintain a good credit score. They will be shown how to read a credit card statement and given tips on how to build and maintain good credit.

Conflict Management Workshop: Dialogue
Dialogue is not debate or discussion. Rather, dialogue is a process where we invite inquiry, explore differences, and build shared understandings. This type of process brings together people with different experiences and identities to talk about challenging subjects in a meaningful way. Dialogue is an intentional process that encourages deeper engagement, but can also be uncomfortable. The workshop on dialogue will orient participants to this type of conflict resolution, with time to practice.

Conflict Management Workshop: Effective Communication
Effective Communication sets the stage for understanding the dynamics at play during a conflict. Participants then learn how to uncover the root of the problem or conflict in an activity called "Know the Situation". Lastly, participants learn and practice one approach to respond to conflict situations, called "State My Path".

Conflict Management Workshop: Facilitation Skills
A facilitator's job is to lead the group through a process to achieve their goals. This particular role helps groups navigate difficult situations, find solutions to problems, accomplish tasks, make decisions, and much more. Good facilitators have certain skills that help to keep the group on track, while also managing conflict. This workshop will cover reframing a problem, redirecting challenging comments, and how to encourage collaboration.

Healthy Relationships: What's Healthy? What's Hurting?
An interactive discussion in which Violence Prevention Educators and participants work to create a shared definition of healthy relationships (intimate or otherwise) by placing emphasis on the importance of our personal values, boundaries, and needs. The group will also explore healthy ways love is expressed, harbingers of relationships in trouble, and power and control dynamics. In this way the course works to empower participants with the knowledge and ability to differentiate among healthy, unhealthy, and abusive relationships.

Interpersonal Violence 101
This session will provide a general overview of all aspects of interpersonal violence and will include interactive activities to help folks think about the dynamics of violence and issues such as consent, healthy relationships, and how to help a friend.

Interpersonal Violence 201
IPV 201 is a graduate-level curriculum addressing interpersonal violence in our society through collaborative discussions regarding identity and privileges and the intersections with interpersonal violence, effective bystander intervention, media literacy, and developing professional and empowering responses to survivor disclosures.

Media Literacy & Interpersonal Violence
This workshop provokes discussion about what interpersonal violence is and how media and pop culture messages contribute to the normalization of it in our culture. Through activities, images and video clips the concepts of sexual objectification and gender construction in the social media age will be illustrated. The discussion will also look at intersections of race, class, and power as they relate to interpersonal violence. This workshop is intended to help participants think critically about a media heavy society and how it can affect views on interpersonal violence and what individuals and groups can do to create social change.

Peer 2 Peer: Mental Health
This workshop aims to increase students' knowledge, capability and confidence when trying to support a peer that is struggling, emotionally, or experiencing suicidal thoughts.

Phoenix Center Overview
The PCA Overview presentations reviews the services available to students, faculty, staff, and resident of CU Denver, CU Anschutz, MSU Denver, and CCD.

Start By Believing: Ending Victim Blaming
The PCA's curriculum is heavily informed by the nationwide campaign "Start by Believing" which seeks to end victim blaming and interpersonal violence. Through this curriculum, students gain invaluable tools to understand the origins of victim blaming, combat it, and help us create a campus climate where interpersonal violence is not tolerated.

Bystander Intervention
Have you ever wanted to step into a situation because you knew something was wrong, particularly if it is a friend you are worried about? This workshop discusses bystander intervention and works to develop strategies to intervene in difficult situations. The focus is on incidents of stalking, sexual assault and relationship violence, but principles can be applied to much more.

Bystander Intervention for Homophobia & Transphobia
This training empowers participants to intervene during experiences of homophobia and transphobia. 

First Generation Initiatives
First generation students program focuses on instilling leadership and integrity. We will cover the historical context behind the marginalized community of first gen students. This is a new leadership program which is designed for first gen students to form a community and sincere space where they can get assistance with the daily college questions/confusions. First gen initiatives also host events and workshops through the semester to support the focused community pool. 

Gender & Sexuality 101
Explore the 101 of identities and concepts in the LGBTQ community

Gender Construction
This workshop is designed to highlight how language and societally constructed gender roles can contribute to sexism and interpersonal violence. We will explore how and why a binary gender system contributes to interpersonal violence and how we can help disarm and shift harmful gender stereotypes. This workshop aims to deconstruct the social construction of gender and help attendees critically think about gender privilege, inequality, and interpersonal violence.

Heterosexism and You
This training takes a deep dive in to the concept of heterosexism and how it impacts everyone, even those that identify as heterosexual and cisgender.

Immigration in the U.S.
This 1-hr. workshop focuses on the history, background, and current state of immigration in the U.S. By reviewing the most impactful events, trends, and laws, this workshop will look at how the current beliefs and practices are shaped by previous practices and crucial developments. The workshop will further review various types of immigration backgrounds, the realities that undocumented immigrants and students face, and resources that are available to those affected by recent or potential changes in immigration law.

Migration, Agriculture & Storytelling
Learn about farm working myths, what agriculture and farm work in Colorado looks like and about the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP).

Rethinking Gender
This training goes beyond the basics to explore sex identity and gender identity in biological, anthropological, psychological, and sociological aspects.

This is a 101 training that helps participants to understand sex identity, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

This training helps students understand what microaggressions are, what may cause them to show up, and how implicit bias is tied to microaggressions. Students will be given tips on raising awareness around their own biases and how to confront microaggressions. 


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