Published: Feb. 15, 2021
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CU Boulder Where You Are: An Online Series Highlighting Teaching, Research and Innovation, the chancellor’s virtual outreach series, will feature four episodes this spring on what a holistic approach to student wellness really means, why inclusion matters, the power of storytelling to shape our world, and how the scientific process can help us build cultural understanding.  

The lunchtime series kicks off Tuesday, March 2. 

Each episode will be produced in a talk show format with various experts. Some will be pre-recorded, but there will be ample time for real-time audience engagement around the topic. The series is free and open to the public. 

“We received very positive feedback on our fall series and look forward to an even more engaging spring event,” Chancellor Philip P. DiStefano said. “Despite the devastating impacts of COVID-19, our researchers, alumni and staff continue to create momentum around other critical issues: the health and wellness of our students, and diversity, equity and inclusion. We also are pleased last year’s commencement speaker Dan Carlin will again join us to discuss how we chronicle our history.” 

CU Boulder Where You Are augments the chancellor’s annual visits to communities across Colorado with coaches or academic experts. (The in-person state outreach tour is on hiatus at present due to the coronavirus pandemic). 

This format allows alumni, friends, students and parents to join in an engaging discussion and learn more about the state’s flagship campus and the breadth and depth of its many academic disciplines, along with arts, culture and athletics.

All events begin at noon.


Event schedule

March 2: Be Well: Supporting the Whole Student, from Mental Health to Nutrition 

Learn about CU Boulder’s investment in student health and wellness, from on-campus relaxation pods, to virtual reality therapy, healthy food, and more.

  • With Athletic Director Rick George, Associate Vice Chancellor of Health and Wellness Services Jennifer McDuffie, Associate Dean for Research Theresa Hernandez, Associate Athletic Director of Performance Nutrition Laura Anderson and Buffs Chef Carl Solomon.

March 9: Inclusion in Government, Business and Beyond 

Hear from two of CU Boulder’s top experts in the realms of diversity and inclusion in business and in government.

  • With Leeds School of Business Professor Stefanie Johnson and Law Professor Ming Hsu Chen. 

March 16: Using the Process of Scientific Discovery to Bridge Cultures and Impact Humanity

Learn about the human connections forged in research collaborations and why those relationships matter when it comes to solving humanity’s biggest challenges.

  • With astrophysical and planetary sciences professor and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies David Brain and Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow and marine ecologist Mike Gil.

March 23: Storytelling: The Power of Stories to Shape our World 

Remember the 1960s and 1970s? Guests in this episode reflect on those times at CU Boulder and beyond and discuss the power of stories to shape our understanding of each other and the world.

  • With alumnus and creator and host of the award-winning podcast Hardcore History Dan Carlin and Dean of University Libraries Robert McDonald. 

For those who register, additional reading suggestions and more supplemental materials related to the topic will be shared via email. Watch previous episodes here. 

Register for this spring's events