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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 interview strategies, and paying off student loan debt to gender and sexuality.

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


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.

C2 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. Students will understand that career planning is a process that should begin their first year of college. Students will know what steps to take now to prepare for the future careers and how the C2 Hub can support them.

Creating a Compelling Cover Letter
Outline basic format for cover letters and engage students in writing practice to identify and discuss relevant skills. As a result of attending this session, students will know how to write a cover letter and will have practiced integrating their skills into sentences that can be included in a cover letter.

Essentials of Effective Public Speaking
Students will get a crash course on effective speaking, covering the basics in order for them to feel more confident and comfortable as speakers. 

Guest Speaker - Roadrunner Roster
Work with our Industry Navigators to connect with guest speakers from the Roadrunner Roster, our directory of alumni and industry experts. Speakers can bring real-life industry knowledge and tips for career success into the classroom. Requests must be made one month in advance in order to coordinate scheduling. Faculty should indicate their industry or field of interest when making request.

Internships 101
Provide an introduction to the benefits an internship experience and the initial steps to applying for academic credit. This session is recommended for 1000-2000 level courses with a broad representation of majors, or students earlier in their career planning process. 

Interview Strategies
Help students prepare for job interviews and practice answering common interview questions. Students will know how to prepare for a job interview and practice responding to common interview questions.

Job Search Tips & Tricks
Provide strategies for conducting a job search with tips and tricks from industry experts in our C2Hub. As a result of attending this session, students will know what the hidden job market is and how to uncover job opportunities that may not be posted. Students will also learn how to design a broad job search strategy.

Letters, Arts, And Science Majors in the Workplace
There may not always be a clear connection between what a student is studying and what they would like to do after graduation. In this session, students will learn about the transferrable skills they’ve acquired, the career competencies they are meeting, and how to present this information to future employers or graduate schools. 

Resume Writing Basics
Provide a general overview to resume writing. As a result of attending this session students will understand how to write a resume, articulate skills and experiences relevant to jobs of interest, determine resume formats that best showcase their qualifications.

Service Learning - What Is It and Why You Want It
Service learning provides an opportunity for students to apply what they are learning in class in a real world setting. A representative of the C2 Hub will explain the benefits of service learning and how to find service learning courses in student class schedule.

The Arts and Habits of Highly Effective Roadrunners
The aim of these sessions are to guide students in developing skills (Time Management, Essay Planning, Note Taking, Study Skills, etc.) that lead to long-term success in Higher Education and life in general.

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: Effective Communication
Effective Communication sets the stage for understanding the dynamics at play during a conflict. Participants will explore effective communication in conflict situations in three parts: a) know thyself, b) know the situation, and c) know how to respond. The workshop first focuses on one’s individual approach to conflict, as we know that it is different based on our experiences and identities. The workshop will then consider how to approach specific situations and practice how to engage in a difficult conversation. This workshop has both content to learn and opportunity to practice skills. 

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, lead meetings, find solutions to problems, accomplish tasks, make decisions, and much more. Effective facilitators have certain skills that help to keep the group on track, while also managing conflict. This workshop will cover facilitation tools, such as reframing a problem, redirecting challenging comments, and how to encourage collaboration. This workshop has both content to learn and opportunity to practice skills.

Dialogue Workshop
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. The workshop on dialogue will orient participants to this type of conflict resolution, with time to practice. There are four stages of this workshop: a) community building and norm setting, b) identity and conflict, c) engaging in dialogue, and d) defining action. This workshop can focus on how to generally engage in dialogue and can be tailored to a specific topic that you are exploring in your course.  

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 301
IPV 301 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.

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.

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).

Understanding Microaggressions
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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