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POLITICS AND POLICY


Out of service?

A national commission weighs the future of service in America, including the role of women in the military and ways to inspire young people to give back.

"For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics" book cover

Considering “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics”

Colorado politicos Wellington Webb, Wilma Webb and Halisi Vinson weigh in on the groundbreaking book and the prospects for people of color in politics.

Christine Sierra, Ph.D, is this year’s Richard T. Castro Distinguished Professor.

"Sharing the mic, sharing the labor"

Latina political powerhouses examine the interplay of race, gender and politics in this year’s Castro professorship.

Lessons from the election that delivered Colorado’s most diverse General Assembly ever

A new report shows how the 2018 election reshaped the state’s legislature along racial and gender lines. Here’s what that means for Colorado and what it portends for November’s election.

Melina Abdullah addressing attendees in MSU Denver

What is the color purple?

A co-founder of Black Lives Matter offers 4 steps for action-oriented womanist leadership inspired by Alice Walker.

Hugo Teufel

Always ready to serve

Since graduating from MSU Denver, the career of Hugo Teufel III has been in overdrive. His latest stop? Serving on the presidential transition team.

Health care workers, who do not want to be indentified, stand in the street in counter-protest to hundreds of people who gathered at the State Capitol to demand the stay-at-home order be lifted in Denver, Colo., on Sunday, April 19, 2020. Photos by Alyson McClaran

The story behind the viral photos of Colorado health care workers blocking COVID-19 lockdown protesters

Photojournalist Alyson McClaran captured the dramatic scene during recent protests in Denver. Here’s how she got the shots.

Mandy Pierce-Turner is the sign language interpreter for Gov. Jared Polis. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Sign of the times

Mandy Pierce-Turner has a direct hand in communicating the governor's pandemic response to thousands of Coloradans who are deaf or hard of hearing.

An audience watches a band perform. (CC0 Public Domain image license)

Amplified through song

We asked the chair of the music department to give some context on the convergence of music and politics.

MSU Denver student Ashley Bernales leads a protest in San Marcos, California, on June 10, 2020. Photo by Sophia Perry.

How to bring the Black Lives Matter movement to your hometown

MSU Denver Women's Basketball player Ashley Bernales organized a BLM march to catalyze the movement for racial justice in her community. Learn how she stepped into a leadership role and hear her call to action.

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.

Left to right: MSU Denver alums Leah Dozeman, Wheat Ridge City Council District 4; José Guardiola, Commerce City Council At-Large; and Jacob LaBure, Lakewood City Council Ward 2.

Building and serving their communities

Three recently elected city council representatives share stories that started with a run through campus.

Students moving about a busy campus with the Denver skyline in the background

Census 2020 explained

Here’s what you need to know about changes to America’s decennial census, what’s at stake and why we do it in the first place.

From ‘Central Park Five’ to ‘Exonerated Five’

They were convicted of a crime they didn’t commit. Over 30 years later, they’re educating the public on disparities in the U.S. criminal-justice system for young men of color.

Gov. Jared Polis addresses supporters of Proposition CC during a news conference at Metropolitan State University of Denver on Oct. 2, 2019. Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Proposition CC and TABOR explained

On Nov. 5, Colorado voters will decide on a measure that would fund public education, higher education and transportation without raising taxes. Here's what you need to know before casting your vote.

Anderw Romanoff, former Speaker of the Colorado House of Representatives and a candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks at MSU Denver on Feb. 17, 2020. Photo by Elizabeth Moreno Rosales

Meet Colorado’s U.S. Senate candidates

MSU Denver invited all of the state’s 2020 Senate candidates to campus for individual conversations. Here’s what they had to say about critical issues.

A good investment

A new report outlines the rising value of a college degree in Colorado's booming economy.

Colorado legislation prioritizes mental health in schools

Prioritizing mental health in schools

A new bill in the Colorado legislature would expand teacher training in trauma-informed approaches that support children in need.

Colorado opioid alternative bill HERO

Thinking outside the bottle

A new bill in the Colorado legislature aims to stem the opioid crisis by lowering costs and increasing access to alternative pain-management treatments.

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold on 2020 election security

The state’s top elections official spoke on a panel co-sponsored by MSU Denver’s Golda Meir Center for Political Leadership.

Emerson Brooking LikeWar book talk

Fight fake news with these 4 steps

A provocative book and innovative curriculum initiative prepare a new generation for the social media information wars.

Coming face to face with hate

Southern Poverty Law Center representative discusses how modern extremist views take root – and what to do about it.

As the Supreme Court readies its ruling on DACA, Colorado college students are continuing to find support in the community they call home.

Standing strong for DACA students

As the Supreme Court readies its ruling on DACA, Colorado college students continue to find support in the community they call home. 

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Dreamers keep dreaming after Supreme Court win

DACA recipients celebrate legal victory while pledging to fight for permanent immigration reform.

Danielle Holmes, president of MSU Denver

Refuge in education

New data show housing insecurity is a serious issue for Denver college students. Here's how one student leader is shaping a safety net for others.

Estéfani Peña Figueroa speaks at MSU Denver

Defending DACA in Denver and D.C.

Students, University leaders and Colorado officials stand up for Dreamers as the U.S. Supreme Court hears the case that will determine the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

drone aerial Denver skyline campus

Infographic: MSU Denver's outsized impact on Colorado's economy

The Mile High City's open-access University is also a powerful economic engine.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Strong on safety

After serving in the Navy and FBI, Eric Williams returns to Denver to ensure that his hometown is a safe and welcoming city for all people.

Photo by Julie Strasheim

First-gen forward

College students who are among the first in their family to pursue higher education often require additional resources to succeed. Now, Colorado first-gen students are taking their requests for additional support to the state Capitol.

Thomas Hoenig, Ph.D., former vice chairman of the FDIC speaks to the audience June 20 about the different factors affecting the U.S. economy over the next two years. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Former FDIC leader talks big banks, bubbles and Bitcoin

Thomas Hoenig, Ph.D., visits Auraria Campus in Denver, discusses factors to affect economy in 2018 and beyond.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to speak at MSU Denver. Fox will join Gov. John Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a conversation on global business Aug. 30.

Former Mexican President Vicente Fox to speak at MSU Denver

Fox will join Gov. John Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a conversation on global business Aug. 30.

In their book "Tyranny Comes Home," authors Abigail Hall and Christopher Coyne posit that when military troops and contractors return home from war and go to work in law enforcement, citizens

From battlefield to U.S. streets

Author of book on police militarization to speak as part of Exploring Economic Freedom Project.

State Representative Jackson from Aurora

From without a home to the golden dome

State Representative Dominique Jackson has run a long road -- and as an advocate for others, she's not slowing down now.

American Flags planted in the foreground on the Auraria campus with the Denver skyline behind them

The G.I. Bill at 75

The legislation transformed America and higher education. Here's how it continues to provide opportunity for generations of vets and their families.

A panoramic shot of Gov. Jared Polis signing bills at MSU Denver

New Colorado law extends state financial aid to Dreamers

Qualified undocumented students pay in-state tuition. Now, they’re eligible to receive state financial aid.

Mary Beth Kruger, graduate student of social work, testifying

Students take the stand

Graduate social work and law students collaborate in a mock trial preparing them for careers in advocacy.

MSU Denver junior biology major Cristina Oviedo comes to the CASE Learning Center in the Science Building every day to study alone or with her classmates in the Science Building. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Granting access to STEM-grant access

With millions available in research funding, innovative consortium brings brains together for application – and student – success.

Janine Davidson, Ph.D., finalist for president of MSU Denver. Photo: MSU Denver

Janine Davidson named as finalist for MSU Denver president

Board announces selection of the former undersecretary of the United States Navy.

Former Gov. John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senate Candidate, was on campus for the first in a series of student-moderated fireside-style conversations with each of the state’s Senate candidates. on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019.

Hickenlooper touts record as consensus builder

The former Colorado governor highlights his accomplishments on health care, the economy and gun safety in the first of a series of conversations with 2020 U.S. Senate candidates hosted by MSU Denver.

Joy Reid gets real on race

The MSNBC host grew up in Denver and returned this week as MSU Denver's 2020 Rachel B. Noel Visiting Professor. She challenged the University community to recognize how America’s present is connected to the racialized context of its past.

We need to talk about ‘Karen’

Here’s how a humorous internet meme gradually took a sinister and racist turn.

Gary Hart by Kenn Bisio

From dark horse to "The Front Runner"

As a new film on Gary Hart hits theatres, photojournalist Kenn Bisio shares pictures of the Colorado senator’s presidential campaigns.

Gloria Tanner honored by her alma mater with MSU Denver’s first ever Alumni Achievement Award

Leadership 101 with Gloria Tanner

Trailblazing Colorado legislator reflects on life of leadership and honors from mayor, senator, governor and her alma mater.

MSU Denver was honored in October as the winner of the ALL IN Challenge

Making their voice heard

Roadrunners earn national honors for highest undergraduate voting rate, highest overall rate for large campus.

Khadijatu Fofanah MLK Day MSU Denver MLK Breakfast

‘Until justice rolls down like waters’

Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous simile inspired the theme of MSU Denver’s 2020 MLK Peace Breakfast: 'The Act of Fluidity'

Mission ready: Boulder Voices for Children

This nonprofit provides a proven mentorship model of juvenile-justice reform to the booming county’s most vulnerable residents.

MSU Denver faculty members Greg Clifton, left, and Elizabeth Hinde, right, were awarded MSU Denver Champion Advocate Awards for testifying and advocating for legislation that passed during the 2018 session. Photos by Mark Stahl.

More teachers, less cheating and value in education

MSU Denver faculty lead the charge against the teacher shortage and academic fraud at the legislative level.

Black scholars launch dialogue series on race

WATCH: MSU Denver panel dives into issues of racial justice, history’s codification of racism and the emergence of “white cultural activism.”

A map of the Earth with a radioactive symbol, biohazard symbol, and skull/crossbones

Murder in Malaysia

Kim Jong-nam’s recent assassination with a chemical agent is part of a macabre tale of life – and death – imitating art.

Statue of Liberty at sunset

Citizenship limbo

Colorado’s backlog of naturalization applications is at historic highs. Here’s how delays impact immigrants — and the state.

Retired U.S. Navy four-star Adm. James Stavridis will deliver the keynote address at MSU Denver

‘The Federalist Papers' vs. ‘Lord of the Flies’

New college grads face the choice of strengthening America’s commitment to order or hastening its descent into chaos, says U.S. Navy Adm. James Stavridis.

Martha Nussbaum silhouetted against a window in St. Cajetan

What makes you angry?

Distinguished thinker Martha Nussbaum discusses the origin of anger and disarming the politics of blame.

The Colorado State Capitol dome looms in the distance, as throngs of participants take place in the recent Women

Of presidents and protests

A new administration leaves many searching for answers. An alumna and faculty member talk about what might be next.

Alumnus Nicholas Garcia started reporting the news in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since. Photo: Sara Hertwig

On the beat

Alumnus Nicholas Garcia started reporting the news in fourth grade and hasn’t stopped since.

MSU Denver graduate Elizabeth Moreno Rosales at Fall Commencement 2019. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Higher education's day of reckoning

Recent college admissions scandals highlight the moneyed nature of acceptance — and MSU Denver's position of strength as an open-access institution.

Alumna Veronica Barela, standing on the sidewalk outside of the building on 10th and Santa Fe Dr. that houses the NEWSED offices.

Paving the road home

Veronica Barela is tough. She’s determined. And as a savvy community-builder, she knows how to get things done.

Framing American politics

Photojournalist Leah Millis has photographed her way from MSU Denver to the White House — and across the globe. Now, Millis and a team of Reuters photographers have been awarded a 2020 Pulitzer Prize for their work documenting protests in Hong Kong.

Keeping preschoolers in the classroom

Early childhood education experts applaud a new Colorado law limiting suspensions and expulsions for young students.

President Davidson shared her vision with a packed house in the King Center Concert Hall at the Sept. 13 Welcome Home event. Photo Aly McClaran

President calls on University to hold line on American dream

Davidson rolls out vision of becoming a model urban university, continuing to offer high-value education to the 99 percent.

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D., will share her vision for the future of MSU Denver on Sept. 13.

President Davidson to share vision with University community

The new president will lay out her plan for the future of MSU Denver at Sept. 13 Welcome Home event.

An attendee asks a question of President Janine Davidson at the recent Town Hall in the CAVEA.

President welcomes community questions in Town Hall event

Further articulating her vision for Roadrunner success, Davidson dished on mission and committed to a multicultural center.

Local musicians came together Saturday, June 27, in City Center Park in Aurora for a violin vigil in honor of Elijah McClain. Photo by Sara Hertwig

Songs to sustain a movement

The violin vigil for Elijah McClain brought voices together in a common refrain for justice. Here’s how Denver saxophonist Anisha Rush hears music’s potential to advance social change. PLUS: Protest playlist picks from across decades and genres.

Public-health crises converge

Experts weigh in on the connection between the movement for racial justice and the global pandemic.

Mount Rushmore

QUIZ: 10 things you didn’t know about US presidents

To celebrate Thomas Jefferson Day, history professor Thomas McInerney poses some fun brain-teasers about our great (and sometimes ghastly) leaders.

The monument honoring the 1st Colorado Cavalry in front of the capitol was toppled on June 25.

‘Whose memory do we honor?’

As protesters for racial equity topple monuments across the country, historians weigh in on how their removal can spark conversations resulting in an inclusive understanding of American history.

Carrying signs and a banner they made through The Institute for Women

Roadrunners have a presence – and voice – at the Women’s March on Denver

Organized as an offshoot of the Washington march, the Women’s March on Denver had thousands of participants.

David Campos is a student representative on the MSU Denver DREAMer Network, a group of faculty and staff that meets regularly to discuss issues or projects that affect, support or create barriers for undocumented students. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Roadrunners rally around DACA students

MSU Denver community provides emotional, financial and legal support for undocumented students facing uncertain future.

Protestors gather at the Colorado state Capitol in Denver. Photo by Jim Lambert/Shutterstock

Deepening divide

Rural and urban communities in Colorado and across the country were politically divided before the pandemic. MSU Denver experts weigh in on how and why the COVID-19 crisis is exacerbating the division.

Ted Richthofen presents his honors thesis

Becoming Ted

Saya “Ted” Richthofen turned his personal struggles into a passion for making the Auraria Campus a more welcoming place. Next up: The world.

Sheldon Steinhauser poses for a photograph in front of the Martin Luther King Memorial in Denver

Lessons from the Selma to Montgomery march

Civil rights champion Sheldon Steinhauser marched with Martin Luther King Jr. in 1965. Now, he's returning to Alabama with the Anti-Defamation League to retrace King's steps and advance his message.

MSU Denver student Mariama Fofana interviews members of the encampment outside of the Aurora GEO Detention Center on July 8th for the journalism course, Social Documentary. The protesters she interviewed began their protest on May 23 to raise awareness of the facility

‘Shine a light on the human condition’

Here’s how a popular college class gets students out of the (virtual) classroom and into the world as social documentarians.

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

Now is the time to stand up for DACA recipients and Dreamers

MSU Denver President Janine Davidson: It's time Congress passed real legislation to ensure Dreamers can continue to contribute and thrive in the country they call home.

Student taking SAT test

Time to toss the ACT and SAT?

Many colleges and universities are excluding standardized test scores from admissions next year because of the pandemic, and some say it’s time to abandon standardized tests permanently.

MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan standing outside of the Student Success Building.

Take a Coffee Break with Dr. J

Settle in for caffeine and an outgoing conversation with the man, the myth, the Roadrunner.

TEDx MSU Denver Katia Campbell freedom of hate speech

TEDx MSU Denver: The freedom of hate speech

WATCH: Communications Prof. Katia Campbell reimagines the responsibilities and consequences of free speech in America.

Photo by Alyson McClaran

Law enforcement veteran: George Floyd's death, protests will change policing forever

Equitable policing expert Tracie Keesee weighs in on the Minnesota man’s death, 'generational exhaustion' from police brutality and the future of policing in communities of color.

Close up pile of Vote MSU Denver buttons

What Colorado unaffiliated voters told us … and didn’t

Participating in primaries for the first time, they reinforced the state’s trend toward the Democratic Party

Vicente Fox sitting on stage with President Janine Davidson and two other people

Vicente Fox talks leadership, business in uncertain times

Former Mexican president joins Gov. Hickenlooper and Canadian Consul Stephane Lessard for a spirited conversation at MSU Denver.

Immigrant women walking down a street

Why we blame immigrants

Whenever societies find themselves in flux or experiencing change, immigrants often seem to emerge as the fall guy – but why? Politics professor Robert Preuhs explains.

Will the 2020 census be accurate?

The federal government is fighting to shorten the decennial count’s timeline. Here’s why that could hurt Colorado and the country’s marginalized communities.

Wilton Flemon began his teaching career at MSU Denver in fall of 1969. Currently Flemon is a professor of chemistry and has been teaching online classes since the mid 1990’s. The online classes he designed and taught are: chemistry and society, principles of chemistry lecture and laboratory and environmental chemistry. He

A new way to postdoc

A 50-year champion for equity leads a new fellowship reimagining the process for building a diverse faculty.

Dave Weiden "Winter Counts"

The broken promises behind ‘Winter Counts’

New crime novel by Lakota author David Heska Wanbli Weiden and a recent Supreme Court decision explore the same issue: federal law enforcement – or lack thereof – on Native lands.

Bianca Williams is a black feminist cultural anthropologist. She is speaking at MSU Denver March 8.

Women challenging the norms

Two women who started movements in their communities will be speaking at the Women's Leadership Conference March 8 on the Auraria campus.

Lisa Cutter, an MSU Denver alumna, is running for state representative in House District 25.

Women push to the front

With midterms ahead, record numbers of females in Colorado and the U.S. forge their political destiny.

A woman puts up a billboard with a bucket and broom in Denver in 1916. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress

Colorado's legacy of women's suffrage

The Centennial State wasn't the first to allow women to vote, but it was a national leader. Here's what Colorado's voting history tells us about America then — and now.

Social work student Magaly Sanchez De La Cruz ties a piece of thread onto the interactive art installation titled “We Are HSI.” Created by students in the Communication Design Program, the work represents the value of diversity. Photo by Craig Korn

‘This is who we are’

The motives and means behind MSU Denver’s pledge to achieve Hispanic-serving status.

Person surrounded by debt-related items.

‘Til debt do us part

Even with comparatively low tuition rates, student loan debt can be debilitating. Our aid expert weighs in on what everyone needs to know.