The Higher Education (HED) Department at the Morgridge College of Education (MCE) engages in teaching, research, and service that draws from and contributes to the resources of Denver, Colorado, and national communities. The University of Denver Center for Community Engagement & Service Learning (CCESL) recently recognized these efforts by awarding HED the Community Engaged Department of the Year award. This award honors an academic department that has developed a concentration of faculty members who engage in high quality community-based partnerships; carry out rigorous public good scholarship; and teach innovative service-learning courses that improve students’ academic knowledge.

HED’s bond with the community is exemplified by its connections with the many organizations throughout Denver that collaborate with them. One such collaboration, with the Denver Scholarship Foundation, places graduate students in Denver high schools to support the work of DSF’s future centers – places designed to support underrepresented students’ postsecondary opportunities. Also, each of the tenure-line faculty members in HED have pursued community-based research projects. For example, Dr. Cecilia Orphan received a grant from the CCESSL Public Good Fund for her research on higher education and the public good in collaboration with the Campus Compact of the Mountain West, an inter-institutional organization that focuses on civic engagement in higher education.

HED students actively engage with these community partners during their time at MCE. In addition to service-learning opportunities across the HED curriculum, students engage in independent and small group “praxis projects” wherein they design and deliver evaluation, assessment, and research-based recommendations in collaboration with student affairs, academic affairs, and business affairs offices at college and university campuses across the Denver metropolitan area. Through these connections HED students experience hands-on the ways in which they can challenge and inform change in the real world.

The Higher Education Department and our students are proud to have formed such strong bonds with these communities and to have the opportunity to work alongside them supporting the public good.

Morgridge College of Education (MCE) faculty member William Cross, Ph.D. has been selected as the 2015-16 University Lecturer by the University of Denver (DU). The University Lecturer award was first given in 1955 and is one of the University’s most distinguished honors, based solely upon creative contributions and scholarly work. “Dr. Cross honors MCE and DU every day and we could not be more proud to have him as our colleague” said Dean Karen Riley.

Dr. Cross is a leading theorist and researcher in the psychology and identity development of minorities. His book, “Shade of Black”, is considered a classic in the field of racial identity. He is the President-Elect of American Psychological Association’s Division 45 (Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues), an Elder of 2013 National Multicultural Conference, a CUNY Professor Emeritus, and a Distinguished Lecturer at Georgia Southern University.

Dr. Cross is a passionate member of the DU community and exemplifies the high standard of excellence found among MCE and DU faculty. His positive impact extends beyond the classroom and into the communities he engages with as he strives to make the world a more inclusive place. Please join MCE in recognizing Dr. Cross for his significant contributions to the world of academia.

The University Lecturer award recipient is announced at the Fall convocation and presented at the University Lecture in the spring. More details will be made available in the near future.

Inside this Issue

  4. DU @ ASHE 2015
Upcoming Events

  •  HED Lunch & Learn, 1/20 12-1pm
  • HED Admissions Day 2/20
  • HESA Writing Retreat,2/20 9-4pm
Why Race Matters in the Study of Higher Education

Race matters in the study of higher education and it matters beyond the numbers. While shifting racial and ethnic demographics across the country, dynamic immigration trends, and historic inequalities against communities-of-color are compelling in and of themselves, race matters in the study of higher education for a reason fundamental to its purpose and role in the U.S. As a social institution of democracy, higher education both reflects and produces societal values and ethics. The knowledge imperative of Academe demands that we recognize how inequality is perpetuated through and within higher education – we must contend with the world as it is. Yet the knowledge imperative provides us the opportunity to demonstrate alternative realities; as a social institution, we can build the world as it should be. Rigorous and sophisticated scholarship of research, teaching, and service is required for building such a radical social imaginary. These are precisely the goals and outcomes the Higher Education Department designs to achieve. We are not perfect in our quest for realizing a more equitable social imaginary, but we cannot let our imperfection diminish our resolve. To these ends, HED is responding proactively to student protests across the nation. We are leading college- and campus-wide conversations about race and college racial climates. We are tailoring our curricula to take advantage of the real-world struggles in our midst while honoring (and when appropriate, joining) those who are most directly affected by such struggle. We have developed a resource page for students, staff, and faculty, available here: Our commitment to inclusive excellence is resolute in this matter. Race matters in the study of higher education.

Course Highlight HED 4246: Issues of Access & Opportunity

Taught by Dr. Judy Marquez Kiyama, this course addresses theories and research on a variety of issues related to college preparation, school structures, and inequalities in college access. The course covers different levels of analyses: theoretical, individual levels (i.e., race, ethnicity, and social class), organizational levels (family, geography, high school context, and outreach), and field levels (i.e., policy, testing, rankings, media, and policy). Special attention is paid to the socio-cultural context, particularly on the role of families. The course is required for first-year masters students and open to all students in the HED department.

HED Newsletter Winter 2016 (4)Two sections of the course are being offered in the winter quarter, a case study (mini research) section and a service-learning section. Students in the service learning section will have the opportunity to partner with a community organization that focuses on issues of college access, transition, and success with the goal of bridging theory and research with hands on experience. Students will complete approximately 15 hours of service during the winter quarter. The service learning section has evolved in two, new exciting ways. First, students work with their service partners for 20 weeks instead of 10. What this means is that the service experience continues into the Retention & Persistence course offering both students and our community partners continuity in the experience and a more meaningful opportunity to engage in issues of college access and success. Second, in addition to the community partners we have worked with in the past: the Denver Scholarship Foundation, College Track, and RISE Colorado; we are partnering with a new organization, The Bridge Project. The Bridge Project provides a path for youth in Denver’s public housing neighborhoods to graduate from high school and go on to college or a vocation by engaging them in educational opportunities and facilitating the development of life skills and self-sufficiency. We are grateful for the strong partnerships that have been created across the community and look forward to a great winter quarter!

HESA Updates

Hello HESA Community! It was a busy but great fall quarter for HESA so we thought we’d share some of our accomplishments and updates:

  • We welcomed a new cohort of approximately 38 Masters, EdD and PhD students. Thanks to all those who came out to our Welcome Event on Sept 15th!
  • There was unprecedented participation in the HESA Board Elections with 44 nominations across our 6 previously open positions. Elections for the 2016-17 academic year will be held in the spring and next fall so consider running!
  • DU HED had an amazing showing at ASHE2015!! HESA hosted a well-attended ‘preASHE’ gathering on 11/3 to help students prepare for the conference and we had over 30 students participating in various pre-conferences, presentations, service projects, and affinity groups.
  • HESA collaborated with the HED department to host a community dialogue on 11/10 surrounding racial climate both nationally, and on our campus which resulted in a few action items such as: A photo and pledge of support and tentative plans for a College of Ed dialogue, book drive, and continuing engagement around these issues.
  • On Sat, 11/14, HESA hosted a ‘Study Squad Session.’ Approximately 20 students came together for breakfast, and then a day-long working retreat to finish up assignments for the quarter.
HED Newsletter Winter 2016 (3)

HED Students @ HESA “Study Squad” Session, Nov. 2015. Photo: Molly Sarubbi


HED Newsletter Winter 2016 (2)

HED students & faculty #DUUnitedWithMizzou, Nov, 2015. Photo: HESA.

DU at ASHE 2015


The 40th Annual ASHE meeting “Inequality &Higher Education” was held in Denver and the Higher Education Department was there to represent. Combined, students and faculty from HED participated in the delivery of 19 sessions. Additionally, HED students and faculty served as chairs, discussants, or committee members of an additional 11 sessions. In terms of attendance, over 30 students and faculty were present.

DU HED Reception at ASHE 2015, Nov. 2015 Photo: Delma Ramos

DU HED Reception at ASHE 2015, Nov. 2015 Photo: Delma Ramos

Spotlight interview with Brenda Sifuentez

Brenda Sifuentez, PhD student in the Higher Education Department
Sifuentez, BrendaCan you share a little bit about what it was like to present as a graduate student at ASHE?

Brenda: I was invited to participate in a Presidential session; the session was a panel discussing the experiences of first generation students. I was asked to share my personal story and my thoughts on the documentary First Generation. It was a great honor to be invited to participate in such a special session as a graduate student. While I was excited to share my story, I was nervous to be so open to a group of people that I did not know. However, being able to share my story for a larger purpose such as helping to inform researchers of the struggles that first generation students encounter in doctoral programs was very impactful for others and myself.

What was something that surprised you about ASHE in Denver?

Brenda: Despite having the conference in our own backyard it was great to be exposed to other professionals who flew in from across the country. It was also a great way to connect with fellow DU students and other graduate students.

Was it any different than when you’ve attended in other cities?

Brenda: This was my first ASHE, however, I have been to other larger academic conferences. At larger academic conferences you have to navigate your way amongst multiple hotels in order to find sessions. One of the perks of ASHE is its size and the sense of community it builds. Having the conference here in Denver allowed us to have a large representation from DU, which meant I was able to connect with fellow colleagues with whom I have limited interaction.

Was there a specific session or talk that you attended that made an impact on you?

Brenda: All the session made an impact on me, however, I would say the session entitled “The Civic Engagement Movement: A Symposium and Participatory History”, made me critically reflect upon the role of civic engagement in communities of color. As someone who has done civic engagement work in the past this session made me reconsider the ways that students of color participate in civic engagement action. I specifically thought about the Black Lives Matter movement and the current racial climate across the nation and on higher education campuses.

What did you learn about higher education from the conference?

Brenda: The field of higher education is very complex. By examining the conference program, you could see that there were many topics being covered along with multiple perspectives within the field of higher education. I think it is important as graduate students that we are able to fully understand the impact of research. Regardless of your career path-as a practitioner or a faculty member- research should always be influencing the way we work. The conference brought attention to the changes that are affecting our field and encouraged me to stay current with the research that can enable programs to be successful.

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The Faculty and Staff of the Morgridge College of Education would like to congratulate the graduating class of 15-16. We join your families, friends, peers, and co-workers in expressing how proud we are of you all. It is our pleasure to watch as you go forth into the next chapter of your lives where you will undoubtedly make a positive and lasting impact.

Doctorate Hooding 2016

The Faculty and Staff of the Morgridge College of Education would like to congratulate the graduating class of 15-16. We join your families, friends, peers, and co-workers in expressing how proud we are of you all. It is our pleasure to watch as you go forth into the next chapter of your lives where you will undoubtedly make a positive and lasting impact.

MCE’s 15-16 Graduates

  • Jaclyn Abeloe
  • Jessica Abel-Pype
  • Mindy Adair
  • Sarah Alhaj
  • Lydia Amewu-Sirleaf
  • Alexis Anderson
  • Elizabeth Anderson
  • Mary Anderson
  • Samuel Anderson-Lehman
  • Matthew Angleman
  • Elibeth Arce
  • Erick Arellano-Ruiz
  • Stephen Arichea
  • Chelsea Armstrong
  • Rima Aroutiounian
  • George Ash
  • Sarie Ates-Patterson
  • Michael Atkins
  • Melissa Bachmann
  • Kaleen Barnett
  • Leah Bearman
  • Chloe Beck
  • Alyson Beery
  • Jacilyn Berryman
  • Grace Bird
  • Grace Bird
  • Brittney Bixby
  • Callie Blackmer
  • Kathryn Bodnar
  • Travis Boehler
  • Rebecca Bolger
  • Meredith Borden
  • Andrea Brandt
  • June Branon
  • Angelica Bravo-Velez
  • Jaclyn Bretl
  • Michael Brinn
  • Genell Britton
  • Kiersten Brown
  • Suzanne Brown
  • Laura Browning
  • Jesse Bruce
  • Scott Burke
  • Rhianna Burroughs
  • Christopher Cain
  • Jose Cardona Iii
  • Jodi Carlson
  • Kendra Carpenter
  • Jessica  Carswell
  • Donna Cash
  • Benita Cervantes
  • Karla Chappel
  • Anne Cherniss
  • Christopher Clair
  • Ellen Clark
  • Megan Claydon
  • Sara Cleary
  • Beverly Cloud
  • Linsey Cobb
  • Jeremy Coleman
  • Margarita Colindres
  • Kathryn Coon
  • Philip Courey
  • Keely Cox
  • Alison Cox
  • Joel Cruz
  • Christine Culver
  • Jill Curnow
  • Adrienne Davis
  • Kristin Deal
  • Megan Dekutoski
  • Kimberly DePinto
  • Kimberly DeRosa
  • Bryan Deshasier
  • Juan Diaz
  • Liliana Diaz
  • Sonja Dolnick
  • Emily Dommermuth
  • Anthony Drewry
  • Madison Dryden
  • Stephanie Dueber
  • Aubri Dunkin
  • Ivan Duran
  • Henry Edelstein
  • Jeffrey  Einerson
  • Khaled El Mezughi
  • Robbie Elliott
  • Jeffrey  Elliott
  • Roxanne Ellsworth
  • Heather Engblom
  • Alicia Fajohn
  • Lauren Fedor
  • Courtney Ferreira
  • Morgan Fitzgerald
  • Elizabeth Fitzgerald
  • Kathryn Florance
  • Mitchell Foss
  • Autumn Foster
  • Ashley Frank
  • Ralph Gadbois III
  • Mario Galvan
  • Kyle Gamba
  • Danielle Gapinski
  • Georgina Garcia
  • Theresa Gilbreath
  • Krystal  Giles
  • Thomas Glenn
  • Raechel Gliesmann
  • Callie Gonyea
  • Donna Goodwin
  • Maggie Gordon
  • Ryan Gournic
  • Leanne Greenquist
  • Brittany Greiert
  • Candice Grimm
  • Lindsey Groettum
  • Michael Guillory
  • Rosalind Gullatt
  • Hayley Gunter
  • Jiajing Guo
  • Anne Haas
  • Audrey Haas
  • Candice Hamilton
  • Taylor Hammrich
  • Shannon Hanschen
  • Anna Hanson
  • William Harris
  • Erin Harris
  • Rachel Harrison
  • Kristin Hatcher
  • Abbie Hause
  • Thomas Heald
  • Chelsea Heinbach
  • Erin Hellstrom
  • Lauren Henderson
  • Alisha Hendrix
  • Aisha Henry
  • Jonathan Herring
  • Phoebe Hevers
  • Casey Hibbard
  • Melissa Higgins
  • Gabrielle Highdale
  • James Hill
  • Melissa Hofmann
  • Jennifer Holdeman
  • Amanda Holyfield
  • Katie Hoskins
  • Biaze Houston
  • Madison Howard
  • Bryan Hubain
  • Rebecca Hubbard
  • Jayne Illovsky
  • Kara Ingram
  • Lisa Jackson
  • Anna Jameson
  • Buffy Jamison
  • Nina Jarnot
  • Bryce Jennings
  • Taylor Johnson
  • Brie Johnson
  • Morgan Johnson Mickle
  • Brittany Johnstone
  • Lacy Jolly
  • Sarah Kane
  • Savannah Kay
  • Rebekah Kester
  • Michael Kitch
  • Lauren Kohl
  • Colleen Kopay
  • Pilar Lafaye
  • Carissa  Land
  • Eric Lane
  • Launa Laporta
  • Kelly Lavin
  • Kendra Layton
  • Chloe Leal
  • Rebecca Lester
  • Marvin Lewis
  • Sarah Lewis
  • Julia Linkous
  • Christopher Loncke
  • Amanda Lopez
  • Zadik Lopez
  • Caitlin Lowe
  • Sheree Lynn
  • Lauren Lyon
  • Kyle Mack
  • Richard Maez
  • Laura Magill
  • Joan Mann-Boykin
  • Robert Manthy
  • Jeffrey  Mariano
  • Ryan Marks
  • Caitlin Martines
  • Kara Mastalski
  • Ruth McClure
  • Sarah McDonnell
  • Anna McDonough
  • Noel McKillip
  • Allie McRitchie
  • Jill McVey
  • Emily Mehregan
  • Stephanie Metz
  • Carrie Meyer
  • Alisha Mills
  • Kimberly Moore
  • Kaitlin Morris
  • Claire Mosier
  • Jane Nelson
  • Joseph Nelson
  • Jill Netz-Fulkerson
  • Katherine Nittmann
  • Joie Norby
  • Richard North
  • Nebeyou Nunamo
  • Jessica  Ogden
  • Sarah Olsen
  • Deborah Olwell
  • Wendy Orr
  • Rebecca Otis-sanders
  • Sarah Owen
  • Cassi Parkinson
  • Evangeline Pasterkamp
  • Margaret Payne
  • Megan Peddycord
  • Christopher Pena
  • Leighanne Penna
  • Alexandra Persley
  • Sarah Pingel
  • Erica Plasencia
  • Maximilian Popiel
  • Natalia  Potrzuski Lynch
  • Tanya Prax
  • Stephanie Puello
  • Ellen Quinn
  • Susan Quinn-Fortner
  • Jaime Raith
  • Michelle Ramirez
  • Ana Ramirez
  • Elizabeth Rardin
  • Julia Ratchford
  • Eron Reed
  • Emily Reese
  • Ily Reiling
  • Melanie Reiser
  • Davon Renfrow
  • Parker Rhomberg
  • Anne Rice
  • Joe Richard
  • Hannah Robbertz
  • Sara Robinson
  • Keely Rochford
  • Alexandra Rodgers
  • Marlene Romero
  • Laura Rupert
  • Lindsey Rushing
  • Ian Saari
  • Cristina Sandoval
  • Anjela Sargent
  • Jeff Sauro
  • Jessica Savage
  • Kristina Scala
  • Eleanor Schalow
  • Jacob Schaner
  • Megan Schirf
  • Melanie Schultz
  • Sherry Segura
  • Devin Shanahan
  • Perry Shank
  • Roland Shaw
  • Amy Shortt
  • Ron Sidwell
  • Mark Sikora
  • Tracy Simmons
  • Crystal  Skenandore
  • Tiffany  Smesrud
  • Amanda Smith
  • Cynthia Smith
  • Emerald Smith
  • Jessica  Smith
  • Keelie Sorel
  • Nicholas Spanel
  • Kelsey Speaks
  • Sydney Spiller
  • Matthew Spurlin
  • Paige Stafford
  • Zachary Steedman
  • Michael Stinnett
  • Caitlin Sullivan
  • Katherine Surline
  • Robyn Sutherland
  • John Syron
  • Brittney Talamonti
  • Jay Tallmadge
  • Jamie Taylor
  • Justin Teneyck
  • Rachel Teune
  • Randi Thackeray
  • Jaysonm Thomas
  • Patrick Thompson
  • Rebekah Thurston
  • Hazuki Tochihara
  • Elizabeth Tomaro
  • Makenzie Tompkins
  • Ashley Toomey
  • Maritza Torres-Mcguire
  • Julieann Trujillo
  • Allison   Tyler
  • Allen Van Hoye
  • Kathryn Van Norman
  • Kreesta Vesga
  • Courtney Vidacovich
  • Karen Viloria
  • Ana Vizoso
  • Kathleen Wagner
  • Natalie  Walker
  • Ashley Walsh
  • Leonard Ward
  • Drew Weisel
  • Carley Westerson
  • Matthew Weyer
  • Emily Wheeler
  • Holly Wilcher
  • James Williams
  • Kelly Wilson
  • Mark Wilson
  • Talia Wolken
  • John Worden
  • Jessica  Wright
  • Nanxi Xu
  • Liu Yang
  • Sara Zaleski
  • Joseph Zeman
  • Ying Shan Zhang
  • Tiegan Ziegler
  • Charles Zinn
  • Charles Zinn
  • Jordan Zogler-Brown

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