A Message From the Dean
Hi Leeds Community,
What an unprecedented time! As recently as three months ago, none of us would have been able to imagine the position in which we find ourselves today. That said, we at Leeds are doing everything we can to lead our faculty, staff, and students through this uncertainty.
Thank you for your ongoing support. The commitment and resiliency shown by the entire Leeds community is incredible. Stay healthy, stay connected, and Go Buffs!
Help Job-Seeking Students
We’ve heard from many of you, looking for ways to support our students and soon-to-be graduates. The economic disruption of COVID-19 presents a tremendous challenge for those seeking job opportunities, particularly at the beginning of their professional career. In response, we’ve launched two programs to support our students entering an uncertain job market; see below.
The initiative matches job-seeking students with alumni who can assist with networking and job placement. Volunteers are matched with students based on common career interests. Alumni then serve as mentors and job search catalysts for these students, leveraging their own professional and personal networks to make connections and help students find and secure positions amidst the added challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sign up here.
In order to ensure our students are able to continue building critical professional skills during these unprecedented times, Leeds is launching a new micro-internship program. If your company has any type of project they could use additional help with—from a two-hour project to a four-week commitment, among other tasks— we can connect you with the student(s) who are best suited for these short-term roles. Post your project here.
Handshake is a career management system which employers can utilize to post jobs and internships, request on-campus interviews, register for events such as career fairs, and network with Leeds students and alumni. If you have positions available for our students and graduates, please list them here.
Ways to Give
CU Boulder launched a campaign called Buffs Together to rally the campus community in efforts to assist fellow Buffs and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. The university is committed to helping students, staff and faculty navigate financial hardships due to the pandemic by matching up to $1.6 million of gifts to relief funds for students, faculty and staff (see below). The initiative also connects Buffs to volunteer opportunities related to supporting those impacted by the pandemic.
Student Emergency Fund
The COVID-19 epidemic has created time-sensitive needs and hardship for some students. Many are wondering whether they can afford to continue their education, or even pay rent or buy food. This fund helps students in need pay bills due to lost wages, secure technology for remote learning, and gain access to food and health care. Make a gift today.
Staff and Faculty Emergency Fund
Provide direct financial assistance to staff and faculty who have been impacted by the coronavirus. The fund assists CU employees with help gaining access to food, housing and healthcare. Give today.
CU Volunteer Resource Center
All Buffs are invited to help our community during this difficult time by sharing their resources, whether that's giving time, talent or a monetary donation. The Volunteer Resource Center has relevant information and resources to help students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends of CU who are interested in giving back to the community as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Explore opportunities to give back.
Help for Entrepreneurs Through COVID-19
The Deming Center for Entrepreneurship is helping entrepreneurs and small businesses during this crisis by providing connections to mentors, insights from our faculty, and eventually through student support on projects. Learn more.
Make Face Masks for CU Critical Service Workers
The Volunteer Resource Center is looking for volunteers to sew more than 1,000 cloth masks as soon as possible. Sign up here.
More Ways to Help
The HumanKind network connects volunteers with local organizations and individuals seeking aid. They help bridge the university community across Colorado and those who have been impacted by the COVID-19.
Colorado Covid Corps
The University of Denver is partnering with other universities across Colorado to create a program to connect essential jobs and essential workers. Their mission is help stabilize the economy by filling essential jobs with those out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic.
COVID-19 Webinar Series
CU Boulder and Leeds are hosting a series of webinars featuring relevant, informative commentary from a variety of world-renowned faculty and alumni from disciplines across CU Boulder. Each presentation will provide frank and timely insights for life during and after the pandemic from their specific lens. View previous COVID-19 webinars here.
View Previous Presentations:
May 28 Disinformation During a Pandemic: The Politics of COVID-19
May 27 Lessons From the 1918–19 Influenza Pandemic
May 26 How is COVID-19 Affecting the Electric Power Grid?
May 21 The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Sports
May 19 Entrepreneurial Approaches to COVID-19: Plan, Pivot, and Persist
May 18 The Epidemiology of COVID-19: Where Do We Go From Here?
May 1 How Can Airborne Transmission of COVID-19 Indoors be Minimized?
April 30 COVID-19 Economic Discussion: What We Know
April 29 Practical Strategies for Supporting Mental Health During COVID-19
April 27 Job Searching During COVID-19
April 24 Understanding the Societal Impacts of COVID-19: Convergence Research in a Pandemic
April 23 A Supply Chain Perspective on the COVID-19 Pandemic
April 20 Brands Must Matter
April 16 Taxes and the CARES Act: Opportunities and Pitfalls
Faces of Leeds – COVID Edition
Uplifting stories of Leeds Buffs helping others during the pandemic.
Samantha (Sammy) Gish (Mgmt’23)
Sammy is volunteering in her local community of Vail, making and distributing lunches to families in need since schools have closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Learn about Sammy and more Leeds undergraduates.
David Shirkey (MBA’09)
Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Orbitform
Amid a massive shortage of medical supplies due to the global pandemic, David helped lead his company’s effort to create a new product to sanitize masks, so they can be reused safely by health care professionals. Read more about David and other alumni.
Tracy Jennings, PhD, MBA
Senior Instructor and Teaching Professor
When Leeds faculty needed to transition their classes online and reduce the spread of the virus on campus, Tracy quickly stepped in to support her colleagues by offering remote teaching trainings, creating an online content resource hub and more. Read about Tracy and other faculty and staff.
Kathryn Lonigro (OpMgmt’17)
Project Manager for University of Southern California (USC) Student Health and Program Manager for True Connection
Since the coronavirus outbreak, Katie has been working with a small team that manages USC’s "COVID-19 Hotline" email—an "ask me anything" resource for the university’s community to seek guidance and clarity around the rapidly evolving situation. See more about Katie and other alumni.
Resources for Job-Seekers
Have you lost your job or otherwise been impacted by COVID-19? Your Leeds network is here to help. View resources below.
Alumni Career Services
Access quality career management resources throughout every stage of your career. CU Boulder Career Services offers a wide variety of services as well as events and webinars focused on career development. Explore these resources.
Alumni Virtual Job Search Group
The staff at CU Boulder Alumni Career Services recognize the employment challenges that many alums are facing right now due to COVID-19, and we want you to know that we are here to support you as you navigate this difficult time. Your fellow Buffs are also here to help you in your job search. Groups are held weekly from 12–1:00 p.m. MT (adjust for your time zone). Click here to register and join.
Social Impact Resources
CESR is dedicated to supporting Colorado’s social impact economy and has compiled resources to help students, sustainability professionals and businesses manage the impact of the pandemic. See the list.
Graduate Programs at Leeds
Now may be the time to consider working toward an advanced degree as our economy and job market recover from the unprecedented scenario we are currently facing. Leeds has six specialized MS programs, including two online MS programs, and an Evening MBA Program for working professionals, to advance your career.
Real Estate Resources for Students and Professionals
The CU Real Estate Center has curated resources, including articles, webinars and opportunities to connect to help professionals and students prepare for an uncertain future in real estate. See more.