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Alum dedicates life to his native people
Alumni Profile - Alum dedicates life to his native people

"Never before have the nation's most vulnerable children been a national priority, until now. I encourageus all to join in the national movement to generate solutions and rejuvenate best practices across the board that will enrich the lives of Native students and help unlock their potential. Non-support or mere surface action is just not acceptable anymore."

As Joaquin Gallegos stood before an audience of world leaders at the 2015 Aspen Ideas Festival and spoke those words, he hoped to change the future of the American Indian and Alaska Native community. As a native of the Jicarilla Apache Nation/Santa Ana Pueblo and a recent graduate from CU Denver, Gallegos is single-minded in his effort to break barriers that he and his people face.

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CU Denver Food Pantry Needs Your Help!
Frontlines - CU Denver Food Pantry Needs Your Help!

She was born in a refugee camp in Nepal where she lived for the first 12 years of her life. She didn't start her education in the United States until middle school. Her family is, in her own words, "economically unstable."

Despite that, Sabitra Niroula is a CU Denver standout—studying for a dual degree in pre-nursing and psychology, working in the Financial Aid Office, serving as vice president of the South Asian Student Association and preparing to travel to Washington, D.C., as an E3! Ambassador, a program of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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Health Programs Benefit from the Zeal of These Three CLAS Researchers
Frontlines - Health Programs Benefit from the Zeal of These Three CLAS Researchers

If you have a passion for big data, and want to use it as a place to launch inquiry, you might just be a demographer. "I think about when I started graduate school, and I didn't know what I wanted to study," says Patrick Krueger, Assistant Professor of Health and Behavioral Sciences (HBSC). "But I really liked data. Whether qualitative or quantitative, I just really liked finding stuff out."

Krueger earned his PhD from University of Colorado Boulder, and to demonstrate HOW MUCH he loves data he tells a story about when a professor in Boulder offered to let him come in over the summer, before his program started, to "crunch some data." Krueger jumped at the chance. As a result of his excitement and diligence, Krueger developed a great relationship with his mentor in Boulder, and he has used that connection as a model for how to help his students conduct their own data explorations. He's found two very enthusiastic data-devotees among current PhD candidates: Melanie Tran and Kathyrn Dovel.

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