CU Denver School of Public Affairs strives to be an educational resource by offering a number of timely and relevant events each year. Community members, students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends are invited to learn more about current topics and participate in ongoing discussions involving the fields of public administration, local governance, environmental sustainability, education and criminal justice. Consider joining us as we host subject experts and take a deeper look into the issues and opportunities facing local, state and national leaders. If you have questions about any of our events, please contact us at

Update about our events due to the coronavirus

In response to an official announcement from CU Denver regarding changes to the campus events policy, the School of Public Affairs will be holding all of our events virtually, unless otherwise indicated, until we are permitted to resume our in-person programming. This affects events such as our First Friday Breakfast and Criminal Justice Series, as well as our co-hosted events. Those not already on our events mailing list can subscribe to receive updates and invitations to our events.


Upcoming events

Colorado’s Legislative Accomplishments in 2021 During our final First Friday event of the 2020-21 academic year, we will discuss and assess this year’s activities and accomplishments of our Colorado Legislature. With COVID-19, it has been an unusual session, to say the least. But a lot has happened. We will examine the impact of having more money this year, as compared to last year—and even compared to most years in Colorado. How did that impact the budget? What were the other most important legislative initiatives? What progress was made on economic stimulus, health care, gun violence, taxes, social equity, pandemic relief, and other issues? Some argue that when a single party controls all institutions in Colorado, it tends to “go too far” with legislation. Was this the case with Democrats this year?
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