Events archive

The School of Public Affairs hosts a number of in-person and virtual events themed on relevant and timely topics in public administration, local governance, environmental sustainability, education and criminal justice. Browse our events archive below to watch or listen to past events.

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Special events

First Fridays

The School of Public Affairs’ signature First Friday Breakfast series (in person) and First Fridays with the School of Public Affairs (virtual) cover a wide range of pressing issues and features panelists representing a diversity of viewpoints. The events take place most months of the year.


Criminal Justice Series

The School of Public Affairs’ signature Criminal Justice Series focuses on issues related to crime, justice and the law. Through panel discussions, debates, guest speakers and other formats, we structure civil discourse among experts in the field to promote critical thought and further dialogue that will contribute to better informed citizens and voters.


Social Equity Series

The series will draw from Achieving Social Equity, edited by School of Public Affairs faculty member Professor Mary Guy and PhD alumnus Dr. Sean McCandless. Themes throughout the series will mirror those of the book and will include gender and gender expression, racial identify, LGBTQ equity, and the intersection of identities thereof. Themes will also include tangible ways in which to achieve social equity in policy domains and administrative structures, including homelessness, child welfare, policing, and immigration. Future sessions will feature scholars represented in Achieving Social Equity together with practitioners working in these spaces.

Education Policy Networking Series

Co-sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs and School of Education & Human Development, this series provides a forum for emerging policy-savvy teachers and analysts, as well as education policy leaders.