Led by:

John Gudvangen, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Enrollment, Director of Financial Aid

Mimi Stevinson, Director of Development, Principal Gifts

Financial aid is critically important to DU. Not only does it benefit those who have been denied access historically to higher education it also creates a stronger learning environment for everyone. Increasing our financial aid resources will result in more diverse classes across the University and bring together bright, eager students from all backgrounds who will excel in the programs and professions they choose. 

Working Groups

Enrollment and Financial Support for Undergraduate and Graduate Students

Tracey Adams-Peters

Executive Director, Student Engagement, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence

Claudia Hernandez-Ponce

Associate Director, Office of Admission

Sarah Hoffman

Director of Academic and Persistence Initiatives, Office of the Provost

Jon Kraus

Senior Director of Development, Office of University Advancement

Sharon Lassar

Professor and Director, School of Accountancy, Daniels College of Business

Corinne Lengsfeld

Vice Provost for Research and Graduate Education

Scott Luetenegger

Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Cecilia Orphan

Assistant Professor, Morgridge College of Education

Linda Quintanar

Director of VIP, Campus Life and Inclusive Excellence

For the 2017-2018 academic year, we are focusing on the following priorities:

  1. Forming a working group to focus on graduate student enrollment and financial support
  2. Exploring unique and unconventional scholarship models
  3. Exploring the impact and potential of pre-collegiate experiences a DU

One of the projects we are working on, for undergraduates, is a bold new fundraising proposal, tentatively labeled the Denver Promise, that will help close the unmet need gap and provide greater access to hundreds of diverse, talented, Denver-area students.

In collaboration with the Office of Academic Innovation, Morgridge College of Education, CCESL, and IRISE, we hosted a College Access Pop Up Event in April. The event brought together faculty and staff committed to research and practice across P20 education pipeline programs, college planning and transition, and educational access for STEM, among others. The goal of this Pop Up was to cultivate collaboration across campus between faculty, staff, and students.

At the beginning of spring quarter, we helped organize an opportunity to seek feedback from graduate students. We asked them about their graduate experience in relation to financial aid. 34 graduate students attended and it was a great event! In addition, 1690 graduate students, or 30% of the graduate student body responded to a survey about their experience at DU. We learned why they come to DU, why they stay and the most impactful aspects of their graduate education.

Last Updated: 6/29/18