Student Employees of the Year!

The University of Denver’s 2,200+ student employees form the backbone of the University, gaining important professional development experience while supporting the entire community. In recognition of their outstanding contributions and achievements, the University coordinates an annual selection process and works with a committee of faculty, staff, and students to choose our undergraduate and graduate Student Employees of the Year.

This year, we had 25 incredibly strong nominations. Over the past year, our student employees have not only kept the University running during uncertain times and unexpected quarantines, but also mentored their peers, guided new conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion, drafted and navigated complex policy, and so much more.

The Student Employment team invites all student employees, supervisors and supporters (including family and friends) to celebrate virtually with us as we honor our Student Employees of the Year, Kun Ning and Marrissa Carrillo, and recognize all of this year’s nominees!

Watch the recording of the celebration here!


Smiling student in a blazer Kun Ning is DU’s undergraduate Student Employee of the Year! Kun is a third-year Business Management major and Business Information Analytics minor at Daniels College of Business, who comes from Beihai, China. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and dedicating her time to her community. Education had always been an important aspect in her family as they believe that it is the gateway that leads to success. She is excited to see what the future holds for her and on the road of discovery, she wants to grow as an individual, experiencing new cultures, and living life to the fullest. Her current career aspiration is to use her educational background and acquire the skills in order to be successful in the consulting industry.

Kun was nominated by her supervisor Lynn Wells for her work as a Zoom Class Assistant with the University College Enrichment Program:

“The Enrichment Program’s quick pivot to 100% online delivery of over 50 classes/lectures required a rebuild of its infrastructure. It also required training of our instructors and students to ensure successful delivery and receipt of our classes. Kun’s comfort with technology enabled her to step into the new role of Zoom Class Assistant with ease, and to take on the responsibility of assisting instructors with the seamless delivery of their material. The Enrichment Program feels it hit the jackpot in meeting Kun.”


Smiling woman with earrings Marrissa Carrillo is DU’s graduate Student Employee of the Year! Marrissa, a California native, is a first-year graduate student in the International Human Rights Program with Korbel. She has years of experience in domestic and international education around community youth development, with a passion for resource curation and professional practices.  A graduate of California State University Fullerton, she is also a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served for a collective 5 years in Mongolia and Fiji in the youth development sector working for elementary schools, local NGOs, and health officials. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue a career as a human rights educator advocating for disability rights, with a strong interest in joining the Foreign Service.

Marrissa was nominated by her supervisors Yoli Anyon and Julianne Mitchell for her work as a Children and Youth Curriculum Research Assistant in the Graduate School of Social Work:

“Marrissa has consistently gone above and beyond our expectations for a student employee. We meet with her weekly, and every time we leave in awe of her skills and how she leverages them in support of our goals. Like all of us, Marrissa has had to overcome tremendous change and transition during the pandemic. She has moved multiple times, works several jobs, and still is an empathetic, professional, and organized leader on our team. We want to highlight that we have each worked with at least a dozen work-study students in the past. Marrissa’s strengths and contributions exceed those of anyone we have previously supervised. We can think of no one more deserving of this recognition.”


Congratulations as well to our other nominees this year:

  • Kayla Nocon
  • Abby Walker
  • Audrey Thackerson
  • Mandeep Karki
  • Grace Williams
  • Greg Michalowski
  • Samantha North
  • Erin Richard
  • Giulia Bova
  • Susan Cossa
  • Daniela Guzman Eguez
  • Marianne Hughes
  • Megan Lindenmeyer
  • Caris Fox
  • Kace Anders
  • Caroline Anderson
  • Gisel Chavez-Perez
  • Cassandra Chapman
  • Danielle Winter
  • Brianna Jecman
  • Kaitlyn Elting
  • Jessica Camara
  • Olivia Tracy
By Elise Goss-Alexander
Elise Goss-Alexander Assistant Director, Student Employment Elise Goss-Alexander