MSU Denver

Your personal support system at MSU Denver.

Student Engagement and Wellness is an array of departments and services that help students be their best selves, stay the course, and succeed in school, career, and life. We are your personal support.

You have incredible opportunities to learn and develop yourself both in and out of the classroom. Whether it is a leadership lesson learned through a student organization, exposure to new perspectives while canyoneering with a fellow Roadrunner or simply sharing study tips while relaxing between classes, we’ve got you covered!

And should you encounter challenges that get in the way of your progress at the University, our professional staff are here to support you. If you need assistance navigating the many options available to you at MSU Denver or you are struggling with a personal matter impacting your college experience, we are here to help connect you with resources and empower you to overcome hurdles so that you can stay the course and graduate from MSU Denver.

Words from Braelin Pantel – Your Dean of Students

Be Well. Be Supported. Be Engaged.

Who We Are and What We Do

Student Engagement and Wellness is comprised of an array of departments, programs and services that help students be their best selves and succeed in school, career, and life. Our areas include the Center for Equity & Student Achievement, the Health Center at Auraria, the Dean of Students Office, the Student Care Center, the Counseling Center and Campus Recreation. Visit the Departments, Programs and Services page for a detailed look at the many support systems that are available to you.

MSU Denver Student Activism Resources

Student activism is a powerful catalyst for transformation and social change. Activism can be an effective form of education, raising awareness to help empower our communities, open new ways of thinking, and enabling students and others to confront and solve problems facing our society.

Metropolitan State University of Denver encourages students to be actively engaged in their communities and on issues of importance to them. Accordingly, the University supports students’ rights to engage in activism both on and off campus, including through protests and demonstrations.

Students: It is important for you to know that you can organize and/or participate in protests with the assurance that you will not face repercussions from the University solely for your participation in or organization of protests or similar forms of activism. Participation and involvement in activism and protests are not a violation of the Student Code of Conduct. Do note that violations of the Student Code of Conduct that occur as part of a protest or similar event could be pursued for response by the University.

Note: This is specific to Metropolitan University of Denver and may not reflect any legal proceedings from police departments, including the Auraria Campus Police Department. 

Below are links to resources and tools for students interested in leading or knowing more about planning for various forms of activism, including demonstrations and protests. The staff in the Center of Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) are available to assist students and student organizations interested in planning activities and events for the University community – including forms of activism. Students may contact the CMEI team at [email protected] or 303-615-0606 to learn more.

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Meet the Team


Braelin Pantel, Ph.D.

Associate Vice President, Student Engagement & Wellness / Dean of Students

[email protected] 303-615-0220
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Katie Joyce

Special Projects Manager & Assistant to the AVP

[email protected] 303-615-0220

Cynthia Baron, Ed.D., MSW

Associate Dean, Equity and Student Engagement

[email protected] 303-615-0022

Diane Yee

Director, Campus Recreation

[email protected] 303-615-1383

Gail Bruce-Sanford, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Counseling Center

[email protected] 303-615-9988

Steve Monaco

Executive Director, Health Center at Auraria

[email protected] 303-615-9999


Assistant Dean/Director, TRIO Student Support Services

Thanh Nguyen

Thanh Nguyen, Ed.D.

Assistant Dean/Director, CMEI

[email protected] 303-605-7553


Director, Student Care Center


Thomas Ragland

Assistant Dean of Students/Director, Student Accountability & Behavioral Intervention

[email protected] 303-615-0220

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Office: Tivoli 343

Hours: Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Phone: 303-615-0220

Location: 900 Auraria Parkway | Tivoli

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