Published: March 2, 2023
  • Date: Tuesday, April 18

  • Time: 5:30-7pm (MT)

  • Location: University Club, Room 4 (basement of University Club)

  • Dinner will be provided, RSVPs are required.

Join us for dinner and a discussion with Veronica Baker, founder of The Global Climbing Initiative and Ascent Admissions, as she shares her experience and journey after graduation and how she has developed a globally focused career in a nontraditional way.  

Veronica Baker graduated from CU in 2015 with a dual major in International Affairs and Political Science, and a certificate in Peace, Conflict and Security Studies (PACS).  As an undergrad, she spent a total of 14 months abroad in Tunisia, Egypt, and Jordan studying the Arab Spring.  After CU, she worked in Jordan and Washington, DC conducting research for the State Department, Middle East Institute, Wilson Center, and Center for Strategic Studies.  She then went to Yale University to earn a master's degree in Global Affairs and work as a research fellow for John Kerry.  While at Yale, she realized the untapped potential of rock climbing to catalyze positive economic, social, and environmental change.  Veronica founded a nonprofit called The Global Climbing Initiative to equip climbing communities worldwide with the knowledge and resources to thrive.  She now runs a team of 14 individuals from 7 countries to help global climbing organizations access gear, education, and funding to grow.  In her spare time, Veronica works with grad school applicants who want to make a positive difference in the world, helping them gain acceptances and scholarships to top programs.

You can find her CU honors thesis here, read about her nonprofit at, and learn about her graduate consulting work at

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