MSU Denver’s mission, vision, ongoing operations and strategic planning are informed by a core set of values that define who we are – and aspire to be – as a university.

Walking the Walk

MSU Denver’s Core Values are more than just words. We live them on a daily basis. Here are a few examples:

Fetien Gebre-Michael operating a food truck.

Of Cooking and Community

Fetien Gebre-Michael built an Ethiopian-food empire in the Mile High City — and in the process grew a community that is sustaining her business through the pandemic and the fight for racial justice.

Read about her work

Denver Murals By Carlos Frésquez And His Students

Check out these pics and then use this map to see them for yourself.

Find all of Frésquez’ murals

The south side of the Curious Theater Building on W. 11th Ave. and Acoma St., painted in 2018. Photo by Amanda Schwengel
Rick Newell and coworker

Disability Advocate Changes How Colorado Thinks About Equality in Education and Employment

Rick newell helped push landmark legislation through the statehouse. But he’s not done challenging outmoded ways that the state thinks about people with disabilities.

Read about his journey

MSU Denver Junior Takes on the Education Gap, a Barrier to Top Jobs

Emanuel walker, Liberian refugee and 2021 my brother’s keeper emerging leader, is on a mission to make higher education more accessible to all students.

How will he do it?

Emanuel Walker
Magaly Sanchez

MSU Denver Earns Hispanic-serving Institution Status

Decade-long effort to better reflect and serve Colorado opens up new funding sources for student support.

Here’s how we did it

A Covid-19 Surge is Straining Colorado’s Medical Workers. Reinforcements are on the Way.

Victor Hernandez is among a new class of nurses who will take their degrees and dedication to the pandemic’s front lines.

Here’s how he’s helping

Health student, Victor Hernandez
Abay Agazi

Z Change

Gen Z and millennials reimagine the movement for racial justice.

The future of civil rights

MSU Denver Debate Team Shines on Global Stage

A rejuvenated roadrunners squad makes a strong showing at the European union-sponsored Schuman challenge.

Here’s how they did

MSU Denver Debate Team member, Jose Flores
Professor Rebecca Farrell

Researchers Study Sewage for Covid-19 Clues

The state of Colorado, wastewater-treatment facilities and university scientists team up to collect data that can serve as an early-warning system for coronavirus outbreaks.

On-campus Covid research