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10 Tips for Getting Connected at CU Boulder

The University of Colorado-Boulder is a large campus with many opportunities to get involved. While the options can be exciting, they can also be intimidating. Below are ten tips for ways to get involved at CU:

  1. Check out the CU Campus Events Calendar.The events calendar lists many of the events occurring on campus each day. You can search by day or event type such as Arts & Culture or Sports & Recreation.
  2. Search the Center for Student Involvement Student Group Directory: Here you can find student groups by keyword. Most listings will include contact information, a group website (if available), and social media information.
  3. See what Program Council is bringing to campus next. The CU Program Council organizes movies and concerts on the CU campus. If you would like to help spread the word about events, you can also consider joining the Street Team and get free access to events and meet new people in exchange for helping with marketing.
  4. Join an intramural sports team through the CU Rec Center. There are a wide-range of sports available with everything from badminton to dodgeball to ice hockey.
  5. Give back to the CU and Boulder Community. The Volunteer Resource Center helps students connect with volunteer opportunities on the CU campus and throughout the community. They also offer the CU Alternative Break Program, which sends students throughout the the country to do direct service and to learn about social and environmental issues.
  6. Visit some of the incredible advocacy centers on campus specifically designed to support students including: The Women’s Resource Center, The Cultural Unity and Engagement Center, and the Gender and Sexuality Center. Each center has space to study, connect with other students, and relax. They also offer events throughout the semester.
  7. See who the Cultural Events Board is bringing to campus next. The CU Cultural Events Board helps student groups bring culturally relevant speakers to campus each semester. Past speakers have included Naomi Klein, Michael Franti, Janet Mock, and Marcus Luttrell.
  8. Explore environmental and sustainability issues with the CU Environmental Center. The CU Environmental Center is largest student-led environmental center and has a variety of options for getting involved.
  9. Visit the Dennis Small Cultural Center. The DSCC hosts film screenings, dance lessons, cooking classes, workshops, community gatherings, and much more!
  10. Go bowling or play pool in the UMC Connection. The connection also has weekly events including tournaments and karaoke nights.

By Dr. Liz Morningstar