Celebrate National Student Employment Week!

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Join the Office of Student Employment in celebrating our student employees and supervisors this National Student Employment Week, held between April 4th and 8th!

Throughout the Week

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  • Here are our ideas for (free and low-cost) ways supervisors can show their appreciation for their student employees. This year, supervisors can also place an order with us for (free) tiny plants to give their student employees! The deadline to place orders is March 25th.
  • Learn how our Student Employee & Supervisor of the Year nominees have embodied key career skills through nominee highlights on our Instagram page! Feel free to share your appreciation there as well!


Monday, April 4th, 12:00 – 3:00 pm MT

Student Employment Team Tabling

Three students with long hair hold snacks and talkDo you have questions about working on campus, or just want to say hi to the people behind the inbox? Swing by the student employment table outside of the Community Commons between 12:00 and 3:00 pm on Monday! We’ll have snacks, swag, and some fun activities.




Wednesday, April 6th, 2:00 – 3:00 pm MT

Keynote Address: “The Tensions of Performing Professionalism”

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In many workplaces, professionalism is framed as a set of mutually agreed upon standards for guiding individuals’ dress, communication, and interactions. But the concept of professionalism is more complicated if we examine it more closely. What does professionalism really entail? Who gets to decide what is and is not professional? Who benefits and who is harmed by the idea of professionalism? What are the costs of failing to live up to standards of professionalism? What are the costs of performing professionalism at work? In this keynote address, Dr. Rosemary J. Perez will explore these questions and how we might complicate our understanding of professionalism by examining it through an identity and power-conscious lens.

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Dr. Rosemary J. Perez (she/her/hers) is an Associate Professor in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan. Her research leverages the strengths of student development and organizational theories to explore individual and organizational learning and development in collegiate contexts. Across her program of research, she explores the dynamic interactions between people and their environments, the tensions between structure and agency, and how power, privilege, and oppression affect individuals and groups within higher education. She has engaged in projects funded by the National Science Foundation, Spencer Foundation, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, and ACPA-College Student Educators International and has published in venues such as Journal of College Student Development, Journal of Diversity in Higher Education, Journal of Higher Education, and The Review of Higher Education. Dr. Perez also takes great pride in being a mother scholar and wife who loves to exercise, drink coffee, watch all the baking/cooking shows, and cheer on her favorite sports teams.

Thursday, April 7th, 1:00 – 2:00 pm MT

Student Employee & Supervisor of the Year Celebration

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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, for the first time, we are also recognizing the hard work and impact of our student employee supervisors as well!

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, Caris Fox and Susan Cossa, and our Supervisor of the Year, Emily Schosid, and recognize all of this year’s nominees!


By Elise Goss-Alexander
Elise Goss-Alexander Director, Student Employment