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Learning & Development

Build a strong foundation from which to grow.

Our philosophy for the Learning & Development (L&D) team is to be intentional as we build developmental programs starting with the basic need for a strong foundation from which to grow. Through our work, we take a holistic approach to engage all employees, encourage reflection, increase self-awareness, inspire positive interactions and ultimately lead to employees’ personal and professional growth.


MSU Denver Employee Tuition Benefit

Summer and Fall Applications Opening Soon!

You must apply to use the benefit every semester. Be sure you know the Tuition Benefit Procedures before applying! Check out the L&D Calendar for upcoming Tuition Benefit Info Sessions.

Featured Training

Live Webcast through Academic Impressions: Making an impact on Mental Health: How to Deliver with Peer Educators

With mental health concerns growing on college campuses, the need for prevention and promotion work on your campus is more critical than ever. The ability to engage your students in peer education is a much-needed solution as it allows you to effectively manage your counseling case load and resources, expand your reach, engage diverse students and reduce stigma in a non-threatening way.

Join us online to hear how the University of Alabama at Birmingham has integrated peer educators throughout campus to create a culture of mental health awareness and tolerance. You will get advice on how to replicate the successes of UAB’s award-winning training program, as well as their events and outreach initiatives.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 @11:00am – 12:00pm


Academic Impressions (AI) offers training and professional development specific to higher education. All employees at MSU Denver have free access to most of AI’s live and recorded webcasts. While many more topics are covered, below is a highlight of the webcasts available. Even if you cannot attend the live webcast, you will be able to view it as a recorded webcast once it is released in that format. Instructions for logging in can be found on the Learning & Development Online Learning webpage.


Cultural Competence at MSU Denver and Beyond

Diversity is one of MSU Denver's core values and cultural competence is an essential skill in embedding diversity and inclusion into everything we do at the University. But we are not alone in our pursuit of inclusive excellence and cultural competence; universities, city organizations, and health care institutions across the country are also seeking to improve their ability to function and gain advantage in an increasingly global and diverse world. You can read more about various initiatives by clicking the article links below. 

UW Elementary Education Students Gain Experience in Nepal

Cultural Competence Vital to City

New Position at NHRMC Seeking to Address ‘Cultural Competency’ Issues with Staff



The Learning Nook

The Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC™)

The Intercultural Development Continuum (IDC TM) describes a set of knowledge/attitude/skill sets or orientations toward cultural difference and commonality that are arrayed along a continuum from the more monocultural mindsets of Denial and Polarization through the transitional orientation of Minimization to the intercultural or global mindsets of Acceptance and Adaptation. The capability of deeply shifting cultural perspective and bridging behavior across cultural differences is most fully achieved when one maintains an Adaptation perspective. This continuum is adapted from the Developmental Model of Intercultural Sensitivity originally proposed by Milton Bennett.

Source: Intercultural Development Inventory. (2018). IDI general information: The intercultural development continuum. Retrieved from 


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