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Memo from Jennifer Sobanet and Antonio Farias: Faculty/Staff Resources for Returning to Campus

June 17, 2021

CU Denver faculty and staff,

We are thrilled to see more activity on campus as faculty and staff start to return to the office. We also know it’s been a while since we’ve had in-person routines and with that comes figuring out our “next normal.” We are here for you to support your transition back to the office and want you to feel as safe and comfortable as possible. Below are resources we want the campus community to know about.

  • ParkingFree parking in the CU Denver Building and Business School Building underground garages continues now through July for employees who want to drive to campus. Starting in August, various paid parking options will be available.  
  • Public transit: Public health officials have said over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic that buses and trains remain safe modes of transportation, provided that customers follow the basics, which include wearing a face covering and practicing good hygiene. RTD recognizes, however, that people considering a return to the system still have questions. Please plan to attend “Welcome Back to RTD: A Conversation About Safety and Security,” a virtual discussion planned for 5 p.m. Thursday, June 24, and noon on Friday, June 25. Key RTD leaders in safety, security and operations look forward to fielding your questions. 
  • AHEC Night Rider/Escort: Individuals who want an escort to and from their car may contact the Auraria Police Department and ask for an escort.  AHEC’s Nightrider Program (303-556-2001) is currently not available due to COVID understaffing but will restart in the fall and in the meantime, the Auraria Police Department will honor Nightrider request for services. 
  • Safety meetings: Auraria Police and CU Denver | Anschutz Police are available to meet with employees or groups to discuss safety on campus and ways that the police can assist in preparing or responding to incidents. Auraria Police Commander Jason Mollendor, who is also a lecturer in the School of Public Affairs, is available to meet with any group to discuss safety. Call 303-556-2263 or email jason.mollendor@ahec.edu.
  • Increased safety measures: Ongoing senior level dialogue is underway with RTD and CU Denver campus officials on how to proactively offer awareness of hate crimes and increased safety measures. This summer, we are revisiting our bias response intervention protocols, offices responsible, as well as communication timeliness matrix.
  • Job modification: Employees may request a temporary job modification that would allow them to work remotely or in a different location. Typically this is a process that begins with one’s supervisor, but individuals can also contact human resources through the workplace adjustment form. Human resources will work with the employee and supervisor to see if modifications can be made to address safety concerns. If an employee does not feel comfortable approaching their supervisor, the Ombuds office is available to provide confidential counseling and guidance.   

Many of these efforts are a result of ongoing dialogue with the AAPI communities and the AAPI Faculty and Staff affinity group and our concern for their safety and the safety of all employees as we return to in-person teaching and working. Our goal is to create a safe, culturally responsive, and welcoming space on campus. Furthermore, meetings with the leadership of Denver Asian American-Pacific Islander Commission (DAAPIC), Asian Pacific Development Center (in Aurora), and the Denver NAACP are scheduled this summer to solidify partnerships and effective, timely responses.

Thank you for your continued support and feedback. We look forward to seeing you on campus.

Jennifer Sobanet, Executive Vice Chancellor of Administration and Strategy

Antonio Farias, Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion