Published: June 1, 2020

CU Boulder Next, New York

CU Boulder Next,New York speakersOn Feb. 27, CU pride swelled from the Grand Hyatt in New York City during CU Boulder Next. Attendees learned about the university’s latest innovations and inspirations during five BuffTalks presentations, which ranged from smart tattoos to Mars. Other highlights of the evening included a spontaneous opera performance from Grammy winner Wei Wu (MMus’13), alumni-crafted beer and wine, and ample shared CU memories. Audra Dixon (Soc’06) tweeted from the event: “Connecting with @CUBoulder alumni from afar in my new home at #CUBoulderNext NYC. Go Buffs!”

Since 2018, CU Boulder Next has traveled to Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and Denver. Watch the BuffTalks videos from past events and learn more about CU Boulder Next at

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The Herd and Mental Health

This March, the philanthropy committee of The Herd — the student arm of the Alumni Association — prioritized students’ mental health. In an effort to support CU Boulder’s Peer Wellness Coaching program, which allows trained student employees to communicate with on-campus students struggling mentally, the group began a fundraising campaign to raise money for a coach who could communicate with off-campus students.

The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted their in-person efforts, so The Herd shifted their focus to encouraging students virtually.

“This was an exercise for Herd leaders in understanding how to adapt to drastic change,” said Kavya Kannan (Econ, PolSci, IntlAf’21), chair of the committee. “Recent happenings have shown us the need for stronger mental health resources, and we hope that this event links The Herd to supporting mental health on CU’s campus.”

The group will resume active fundraising in spring 2021. Visit colorado. edu/theherd/mentalhealth for more information.

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