Events

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 spa.events@ucdenver.edu.

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.

September Criminal Justice Series: The dynamic role of a First Responder

| 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
The dynamic role of a First Responder

First responders are at the forefront of numerous incidents, including disasters of all kinds. They protect people, animals, and property, while managing challenging and intense situations as they unfold. First responders are in high-risk situations and subjected to multiple forms of trauma. The very nature of first responders’ jobs takes a toll on them—perhaps even more now than in the past given the COVID-19 pandemic, existing racial tensions, and wildfires in the western United States, including several in Colorado.

Our September Criminal Justice Series event focuses on the challenges that first responders face and ways to mitigate the stresses of the job. It also looks at the current environment in the first responders’ world and ways to move forward while managing present difficulties.

Panelists:

Rhonda Kelly
Retired Aurora CO firefighter
National Director of Health, Wellness and Resilience
Founder of Responder Strong

Chris Fields
Retired Major of the Oklahoma City Fire Department

Patrick Fitzgibbons
Retired Police Commander from Colorado
Lecturer at CU Denver School of Public Affairs

Moderator:
Hailey Davis

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September Criminal Justice Series: The dynamic role of a First Responder

| 05:30 PM - 07:00 PM
Cost/fee: Free
The dynamic role of a First Responder

First responders are at the forefront of numerous incidents, including disasters of all kinds. They protect people, animals, and property, while managing challenging and intense situations as they unfold. First responders are in high-risk situations and subjected to multiple forms of trauma. The very nature of first responders’ jobs takes a toll on them—perhaps even more now than in the past given the COVID-19 pandemic, existing racial tensions, and wildfires in the western United States, including several in Colorado.

Our September Criminal Justice Series event focuses on the challenges that first responders face and ways to mitigate the stresses of the job. It also looks at the current environment in the first responders’ world and ways to move forward while managing present difficulties.

Panelists:

Rhonda Kelly
Retired Aurora CO firefighter
National Director of Health, Wellness and Resilience
Founder of Responder Strong

Chris Fields
Retired Major of the Oklahoma City Fire Department

Patrick Fitzgibbons
Retired Police Commander from Colorado
Lecturer at CU Denver School of Public Affairs

Moderator:
Hailey Davis

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