DU’s dedication to the public good offers personal inspiration

One of the things that drew me to the University of Denver was what I saw as a real focus on real problems. I was intrigued to see how a private institution would demonstrate its dedication to the public good. How could DU change the world? Seeing the many and varied types of partnerships and initiatives on campus, I began to be inspired. When you read this quarter’s issue, you’ll see why.

Once you get your fill of the features focused on DU’s faculty experts, I hope you’ll also discover the distinctive approaches taken by two alums, Ryan Mclean (BSBA ’16) and Dylah Ray (BA ’10), to create tasty and beautiful food. If you weren’t hungry before you started reading the articles, you will be by the time you finish.

If you’ve read previous letters where I’ve talked about how I approach each year, you know that rather than craft a set of resolutions, I choose a single word that helps me consider how I’ll approach the new year and all of its yet-to-be-realized opportunities. For 2023, I chose “intentional” as my word of the year to help me focus on what’s important to me. That may seem a bit selfish, especially knowing how important it is to think of others and the public good, but I believe that if one doesn’t set an intention, achieving a desired outcome is not assured. If we embrace being more intentional, we’ll achieve bigger and better goals in all aspects of our lives. We’ll live our values. And we’ll be better equipped to change the world.

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