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L&D Opportunities

The Learning & Development Office provides a variety of opportunities for all employees at MSU Denver to seek the learning they need to stay up to date with individual and professional skills and knowledge. The newsletter lists upcoming webinars, workshops, conferences and other learning available to MSU Denver employees. Keep in mind that new opportunities are regularly becoming available through the L&D Office. Watch your email for notifications from or visit the L&D Calendar.

Additionally, other departments and offices around campus offer valuable learning and development opportunities. Watch for these announcements in your email or visit the University Workshops and Trainings Calendar


Add Your Training to the L&D Newsletter

Do you have a University-wide training and development initiative you would like us to add to this list? Email the Learning & Development team at

Gatekeeper Training

The MSU Denver Counseling Center, Health Center at Auraria, the MSU Denver Dean of Student’s Office and its CARE Team have partnered to offer "Gatekeeper Trainings: Identifying and Referring Students at Risk" for the Spring 2019 semester. These professional development opportunities are intended to train staff to recognize/identify student behaviors and actions that would likely benefit by an appropriate referral to one of the University sponsored agencies who can assist students in addressing their needs.  

These sessions are open to all Faculty and Staff who routinely encounter students as part of their work responsibilities. The sessions last for two hours and advanced registration is required. Attendance is specifically encouraged for those with little to no mental health, crisis or early intervention training but all personnel are welcome.

Registration Required. Choose one (1) session:

Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 1:15pm – 3:15pm in JSSB 304 REGISTER

Tuesday, August 6, 2019 @ 2:00pm – 4:00pm in JSSB 330C REGISTER

Contact: Richard Miccio,


Document Accessibility Workshop

This Workshop will provide information about how to identify inaccessible materials, specifically PDFs, PowerPoints, and Word Documents, and provide methods to make these materials fully accessible. This will include hands-on training on the creation of accessible PDF documents from inaccessible image-based PDF documents. 

Choose 1 Session:

REGISTER Thursday, July 18, 2019 @ 10:30am – 12:00pm in CN 103

REGISTER Monday, July 22, 2019 @ 1:00pm – 2:30pm in CN 103

Contact: Gabe Chris,


Brand Evangelist Training

Research shows that presenting a consistent brand identity is a critical part to strengthening an organization’s brand and reputation over time. As MSU Denver’s reputation continues to grow, it is more important than ever to consistently promote the excellence and innovation for which we are recognized. Having a bold unified brand will assist MSU Denver with everything from recruitment and retention to fundraising, partnerships and more.

MSU Denver Brand Evangelist Training Program will equip faculty and staff with the tips, tools and talking points to effectively promote the MSU Denver brand internally and externally and to ensure we are consistently ‘singing from the same songbook.’ This fun and engaging 90-minute training will serve as a primer for our new brand platform and advertising campaign and provide a fundamental understanding of our brand messaging, brand identity and ways to create more brand consistency across the university. The trainings will also be used to collect stories and interesting facts about MSU Denver departments, offices and areas that we hope to leverage in our advertising and storytelling efforts.

REGISTER Tuesday, July 23, 2019 @ 9:00am – 10:30am in JSSB 400

REGISTER Thursday, July 25, 2019 @ 9:00am – 10:30am in JSSB 400

Contact: Johanna Snow


Roadrunners Lunch Buddies Program

The Lunch Buddies program soft launched in January 2019 and recently received a facelift! This program is designed to connect people around campus who may not necessarily interact on a regular basis. We're all here to do our part, and we can function more effectively when relationships (both professional and personal) are established and a better understanding can be made across departments.

  • Low commitment, high impact
  • Expand campus network & collaboration opportunities
  • Mentor (or get mentored)
  • Learn about the campus, departments and cool things around the Denver Metro area


Participants can opt-in monthly (feel free to skip months as needed) to be paired with a buddy from another department. Buddies will choose a day/time/location to meet (can brown bag it - don't feel obligated to pay for lunch each time), with an open agenda. Usually work is brought up where each buddy talks about their path to MSU Denver, department and role; but it's even better when a personal connection can be made. Either way, this program will help bond our campus community over information sharing and storytelling. You will be paired with a new buddy each month you opt-in, but you're encouraged to maintain relationships



Faculty Commons Lab

Located in West Classroom 243, this lab is available to MSU Denver faculty and staff who need a convenient support/training facility. The following resources are available for use by faculty:

  • 6 Mac/Windows Workstations
  • Adobe Creative Suite (Dreamweaver, Photoshop, Acrobat Professional, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Suite

If you are using a laptop, please feel free to bring that with you as we have extra network connections for laptop usage in the lab.


Blackboard Learn Faculty Support Sessions

Blackboard Learn Faculty Support sessions provide a time and a place for faculty to work on course material with the assistance of ITS staff. If you need assistance, but are unable to attend a Blackboard faculty support session, please submit a Helpdesk Support Ticket for assistance. Be sure to provide the course information and CRN and a brief description of the issue. For more information, please see the support lab calendar.


Wells Fargo

MSU Denver has a partnership with Wells Fargo to deliver financial wellness coaching and training on topics such as general financial health, home buying and retirement advising. There are two options for assistance:

  1. Schedule a time for individual financial wellness coaching
  2. Schedule a time for Wells Fargo to come and speak with your team on a specific financial wellness topic

Interested in exploring this partnership? Contact the MSU Denver Wells Fargo representative, Phillip Belden at to schedule an appointment.

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.

Live Webcast: Career Industry Cluster Model: Aligning Career Services with the World of Work

Most career services offices assign students to advisors based on the students’ majors. But a small handful of institutions, including Rutgers University and DePaul University, have restructured into a small number of career industry clusters — which help students think more broadly about career options and mirror more closely the future world of work.

Join us online to learn how both Rutgers and DePaul have implemented this new career clusters model. Rutgers has six years of experience utilizing the model and can share success stories (including a spike in student engagement), while DePaul is new to the model and can speak to transition challenges. You’ll leave with ideas for cluster-specific programming, marketing, technology, and employer relations.

July 23, 2019 @ 11:00am – 12:00pm



Live Webcast: The Future of Higher Education

Join us in July for a deep discussion of findings from our recent paper, The Future of Higher Education. You will hear perspectives contributed by university presidents and board chairs on the four paradoxes we all face--and the four strategies that can make a difference. This free webcast will offer new ideas and approaches to:

  • Presidents and board members
  • Senior academic and administrative leaders
  • Heads of human resources and organizational development
  • Directors of leadership academies and leadership development programsREGISTER
  • Thursday, July 25, 2019 @11:00am – 11:45am


Report: The Skills Future Higher-Ed Leaders Need to Succeed

In the “permanent whitewater” of higher education, we will need leaders who are:

  • Anticipatory thinkers.
  • Risk tolerant and supportive of creativity and innovation.
  • Effective conveners/brokers/facilitators.
  • Courageous decision makers.
  • Resilient and able to “bounce forward” after a crisis or setback.READ
  • Drawing on extensive research and conversations with leaders across higher-ed, this 30-page paper is meant open the conversation. We invite you to read it, discuss it with others on your campus, and continue the conversation. is a free resource available to all MSU Denver faculty, staff and student employees. This highly-regarded online tutorial service offers thousands of video courses designed to enhance your software, creative, technology and business skills. Below is a highlight of some of the courses available. Instructions for logging in can be found on the Learning & Development Online Learning webpage.

SharePoint Online 2017: Beyond the Basics

Go beyond the basics and become a SharePoint power User. Dive deep into SharePoint Online and explore advanced customization and administration features that can help you meet the unique needs of your organization

Time: 3hr 32minutes

Contact/ Facilitators:                           

    Click Here to Learn

Leading Yourself

Before you can effectively lead others you need to lead yourself. In this course, learn how to manage your mindset, behaviors, and workplace relationships o help you stand out in your organization and in your industry as a leader.

Time: 54 minutes

Contact/ Facilitators:                           

    Click Here to Learn



The Colorado State Employee Assistance Program (C-SEAP) has been available as a confidential resource to state employees for over 30 years. In addition to short-term counseling, referrals and resources, C-SEAP also provides training and organizational development services free of charge to state employees. Below are trainings that will be offered on campus, as well as through Webinars

Webinar: Introduction to C-SEAP for ALL Employees

Learn about counseling, consultation, coaching, mediation and training services available free-of-charge to all state employees. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of C-SEAP staff regarding available services.

July 17, 2019 @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm


Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314         


Webinar: Understanding Threat Assessment, Behaviors of Concern, PFFD Process (Supervisors, HR, Leaders)

Participants will receive strategies for assessing behavioral threats in the workplace and other behaviors of concern. CSEAP staff will provide an overview of the Psychological Fit for Duty (PFFD) assessment process and ways this program can assist employers and HR professionals.

July 24, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:15am

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



Webinar: Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders (PMAD) at Work

Stay tuned for more details! Speaker will provide an overview of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, strategies for coping, and information to assist the workplace in supporting parents in managing symptoms at work.

August 13, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:15am

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



Webinar: Introduction to C-SEAP for Supervisors/Managers/HR

Learn about EAP services available to your employees. In addition, presenters will talk about use of EAP consultation in situations of concern involving team dynamics or conflict, reasonable suspicion, threats, or well-being of an employee. Tips and strategies for managers and supervisors will be provided.

August 21, 2019 @ 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



Webinar: Workplace Respect and Professionalism

Identify how professionalism and communication style can influence how you set, maintain, and respect workplace boundaries. C-SEAP staff will present accepted standards of professionalism and how to maintain a respectful workplace.

August 29, 2019 @ 10:00am – 11:30am

Contact/ Facilitators: C-SEAP, 303-866-4314



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