Experience Day 2024

We look forward to meeting you at Experience Day on April 5 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. MDT. Experience Day is a great opportunity to get to know the people who will support, encourage and inspire you on your social work career journey.

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Experience Day Agenda

We have a full lineup of engaging content that includes informative panels from faculty, alumni, and students, mini-classes, and opportunities to learn more about the GSSW program.

April 5, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. MDT 

8:00 a.m. — Check-In & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. — GSSW Welcome with the Enrollment team and Director of Denver Campus MSW Program Amity Good

8:45 a.m. — “Starting your GSSW Journey” with Interim Dean Lisa Reyes Mason

9:00 a.m. — Faculty Panel moderated by Associate Professor Leslie Hasche

9:40 p.m. — Break

9:50 a.m. — Student Services Panel moderated by Assistant Dean for Field Education Kate Ross

10:30 a.m. — Student and Alumni Panel moderated by Associate Director of Enrollment Megan Jarrad

11:00 a.m. — Break

11:10 a.m. — Admitted and deposited students attend Mini Classes in GSSW classrooms. Guests will join Career Development Advisor Stacy Said to learn more about the career services offered at GSSW followed by a Q&A with Lisa Reyes Mason.

12:00 p.m.— Wrap up morning activities & optional Guided Campus Tour

1:00 p.m. — Office of Graduate Education Graduate Student Resource Fair

3:00 p.m. — GSSW Social Hour Event

Faculty Panel

Michele Hanna

Michele D. Hanna

Professor; Assoc Dean for DEI; Coordinator of Accreditation

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Michael Talamantes

Michael M Talamantes

Clinical Professor

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Miriam Valdovinos

Miriam Georgina Valdovinos

Assistant Professor

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Stacey Freedenthal

Stacey Freedenthal

Associate Professor

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Tyrone Hamler

Tyrone Christopher Hamler

Assistant Professor

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Student Services Panel

Adela Smith

Adela Smith


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Deana Ahmad

Deana Ahmad

Assistant Dean for Students

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Maggie Heyduk

Maggie Heyduk

Manager of Professional Advising

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Stacy Said

Stacy Said

Career Development Advisor

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Erin Clark

Erin Elizabeth Clark

Adjunct Faculty

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Mariegrace Veres

Mariegrace Veres

Director of Enrollment

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Mini Classes

  • Experiential Therapy

    Experiential Therapy can be a guided activity, a game, a mental puzzle to work out, time in nature, or a physical challenge. Through Experiential Therapy, the client often moves out of their comfort zone and into a place of new insights of self-discovery, confidence building, self-awareness, and new methods of how to cope with issues in their life.

    Taught by Associate Professor Julie Laser

  • Ecological Justice

    We often hear of environmental justice, but what is ecological justice? In this mini-course you will learn how you as a social worker will be activated into ensuring a healthy and flourishing future for people, all other species, and Earth.

    Taught by Clinical Associate Professor Sarah Bexell.

  • Weighing our Worth: An Introduction to weight stigma and weight inclusive practice

    This mini-class begins by introducing the concept of weight stigma and how body weight and appearance is a part of our intersectional identity (and a source of potential privilege or discrimination). Next, we examine how weight stigma infiltrates public health messaging and the potential harms of that stigma. We will briefly review some of the science that supports taking a weight-inclusive approach to health and mental health practice. We end the mini class discussing some brief recommendations for clinical practice.

    Taught by Assistant Professor Erin Harrop.

  • Grief and Loss: A Promotion of the Right to Grieve

    This mini-class will help to define grief and explore how client systems and communities experience grief, not only as it relates to the loss of a loved one, but as it is universally experienced through nontraditional forms of loss. We will explore the spectrum of grief and how we as social workers can promote the human right to grieve as a promotion of our core social work values.

    Taught by Clinical Assistant Professor Amity Good.

  • Let’s Go Global.... Or Should We?

    Join us for a discussion about the ethical considerations of international social work. This mini-class will be available for only the online attendees.

    Taught by Professor of the Practice Ann Petrila.

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Additional Experience Day Opportunities

Graduate Student Resource Fair — Office of Graduate Education

From 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 5, the Office of Graduate Education is hosting additional sessions for all admitted graduate students across campus. The resource fair, located at Community Commons 2600, will allow you to get to know campus resources such as the Health & Counseling Center, Student Disability Services, and more. Registration is not required for this event.

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GSSW Social Hour

From 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Craig Hall, we invite you and your guests to a causal time to mingle and chat with representatives from student organizations, admissions ambassadors, and GSSW faculty and staff.