Denver Campus Advanced Standing Summer 2024 GSSW Journeys Orientation

Orientation is a combination of asynchronous work (work done on your own prior to orientation), live, in-person sessions and optional, virtual office hours. Summer orientation is to prepare you for  what to expect during summer quarter. You will also attend the Fall Orientation in August. Participation in all sessions is mandatory unless otherwise stated. 

Orientation has been designed intentionally across multiple formats to support effective learning and to maximize the success of your adjustment to graduate school. 

  • Async content: Async content is designed for you to digest and absorb the material at your own pace and will prepare you for virtual live zoom sessions. 
    • You’ll maintain access to Canvas and can refer to this content in the future. 
    • Much of what we cover is important for the duration of your program. 
  • In-person sessions: The first day of orientation is designed to be in-person so students can explore campus, learn about resources and build community.
  • Virtual Sessions: Virtual live zoom sessions are designed to maximize access (live transcripts) for all students.

Orientation Agenda: July 11 and July 12

In-Person Sessions: Thursday, July 11, 2024

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    Campus Arrival and Check In:  9:00 – 9:30 a.m. MDT

    Coffee, tea and breakfast snacks will be provided at Craig Hall: 2148 S. High Street, Denver, CO 80208 (view on Google maps).


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    Get to Know Craig Hall: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. MDT

    This session will include a welcome from your orientation hosts and an interactive scavenger hunt to get acquainted with Craig Hall and the 9 Core EPAS Competencies that you will be learning while at GSSW. 

    Orientation Hosts:


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    The Future of Social Work: 10:00 – 10:45 a.m. MDT

    This session will include a welcome and remarks from Dean Henrika McCoy and an opportunity to meet with the Dean, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Denver Campus Directors and Field Education leaders for round robin Q&A table sessions. 

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    Creating an Inclusive Learning Community: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. MDT

    Associate Dean for DEI and Professor Michele  Hanna, Clinical Professor Michael Talamantes and Interim Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Associate Professor Ramona Beltran  will lead an interactive, round table discussion about ways to foster an inclusive learning community, trust, graduate school expectations and our shared social work values while at GSSW.


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    Lunch Break: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. MDT

    Lunch will be provided.  Take this opportunity to get to know your Advanced Standing Student Cohort for a casual lunch.  


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    Advising Overview: 1:00 —2:00 p.m. MDT

    This session will include an advising overview from Denver Campus Director Amity Good and breakout discussions with students and Faculty Advisors.

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    Tools to Help Navigate GSSW/DU: 2:00 – 2:45 p.m. MDT

    This session will include an introduction to our Student Services teams. Get to know your Assistant Dean for Students, as well as Career Services, GSSW Registrar, Professional Advising and other DU resources and supports and learn how these teams will support you throughout your student experience.

Virtual, Optional Sessions: Friday, July 12, 2024

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    OPTIONAL: Academic Affairs and Advising Office Hours: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. MST

    Join via Zoom

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    OPTIONAL: Field Education Office Hours: 11:00 – 12:00 p.m. MDT

    Join via Zoom

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    OPTIONAL: Financial Aid Office Hours: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. MDT

    Sign up for a 15-minute appointment with a member of the financial aid team.